Preston: Past and Present

What was it like to work and play here in the past?

Have a look at these photographs of working life in Preston in the past.


You could also look back at the photographs of leisure time on previous pages.


Answer some of these questions about the pictures...

  • Do you think the pictures were posed?

  • Do the people look happy, miserable, tired or sad?

  • How many children in the picture?

  • How old do you think the children are?

  • What is each person in the picture/photograph doing?

  • What does the picture tell me about jobs in the past?

  • What does the picture tell me about leisure time in the past?

  • How did children have fun?

  • What else would I like to know? 

Imagine that you live in Preston in the past.

  • What jobs might you have done?
  • What would you have done in your spare time?
  • Is there anything else that you have learn that helps you imagine your life in the past?

Using this information, write a diary entry for a day in the life of your past self.

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