On Tuesday, 7th November, the pupils from the Learning Support Centre visited St Fagans National Museum of History near Cardiff. Despite the wet weather, we enjoyed seeing a range of historically significant buildings from all over Wales. This visit was part of our Humanities study into how housing has changed over time.
he most interesting exhibit was the Rhydycar Cottages, a whole row of cottages transferred to St Fagans from Merthyr Tydfil in 1987. Built by Richard Crawshay as homes for his iron workers in 1800, the six houses have been displayed to illustrate different periods of their history, namely: 1805, 1855, 1895, 1925, 1955 and 1985. The social changes which took place are shown in the buildings and their contents. We especially enjoyed the gardens, which had lots of interesting features including pig-sties, pigeon lofts and an air-raid shelter.
Our visit really helped us to understand how difficult life was in the past and we all agreed that we wouldn’t want to live in such small, dark houses with no electricity, central heating or running water.