In the morning the children discover the background to the Littleport Riots and encounter some of the characters involved.  They take on a role – a magistrate, a rioter, a citizen of Ely – and consider their involvement and motivation.  Moving to the Georgian courtroom, they take part in a re-enactment of the trial and learn the fate of the rioters.  In the afternoon they divide into groups to complete a rotation of activities, looking at replicas of original documents, thinking about gaol conditions, and finding out about crime and punishment in the past.

Age range:


Main curriculum focus:

Main focus: History
Also elements of: Citizenship

Full/Half Day?:

Full day




9.30am arrival and introduction
10am Trial re-enactment
12.noon lunch or departure

12.30 session one
1.10 session two
1.50 session three
2.30 departure