VISITORS of all ages enjoyed a trip back in time to experience what life was like more than 100 years ago.
Adults and children at Greenfield Valley Museum and Heritage Park in Holywell got a flavour of how different school life was back in Victorian times at the weekend.
As a reward for all the hard work, they were treated to tasty delights typical of the period.
Victorian farmer’s wife, Caroline Hayden from Bwyd Enaid in Mold, dished up the tasty treats and shared her cooking secrets – with details of ingredients and tips on preparing the dishes.
Cakes and other sweets were laid out for hungry youngsters to try.
When the bell was rung to call students into class, visitors experienced what school was like back in Victorian times.
Lessons took place in the original Spring Gardens school, moved from its former site in the 1990s to the park brick by brick when it was about to be flattened.
The school is one of several buildings at the heritage site that offers visitors a chance to learn about what life was like in Victorian and Tudor times.
Actress Andrea Dakin became the school’s head of 41 years, Emma Parry, for the day.Under her command, students were instructed in the ‘three Rs’ and completed lessons on slates.
Karen Roberts of Greenfield Museum described the Victorian headmistress’s teaching style as ‘firm’.
Karen said: “Mrs Parry tells them, ‘When you come in my class, this is how you behave and this is how you dress.’
“She inspects their hair and what they’re wearing and she looks at hands to see if their nails are well-kept.”
Andrea, who teaches groups of schoolchildren on educational visits to the park, has been playing the role for about eight years.
Schools make regular visits but Karen said one-off days like this weekend give others a chance to see what life was like in Victorian times.
For details of other events at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park visit www.greenfieldvalley.com