As part of their Victorian studies, pupils from Haylands Primary School took the opportunity to visit Ryde District Heritage Centre early in November, having found the Centre so useful for their studies last year.
HRS schools liaison officer, Judith, wrote the following report: ‘On Tuesday 5th November five volunteers from Historic Ryde Society were pleased to welcome the two Year 5 classes from Haylands Primary School to the Ryde District Heritage Centre. The children were studying evidence of the development of Ryde. Each class was in four groups which enabled them to have time to study the photographic slides, answer questions in the Pier Room and discuss the artifacts and photographs in the Commercial Room. It was a pleasure to welcome these pupils who were interested, well-behaved and polite. They asked searching questions about the medicines and were very amused to see some of their accompanying adults as pupils in school photographs. The children were also fascinated by life before Tesco in the Hovercraft room.
We hope to welcome other schools when they do studies of Ryde.’
The ‘Hovercraft room’ is known as ‘The Flightpath’, as it shows images and video footage of both Ryde airport and the early days of the hovercraft service in Ryde.
Many thanks to the staff and pupils of Haylands Primary School for making the visit such a pleasant experience for all!