Great Fire of London

It is 1666 and London is bustling. Growth has been rampant, and closely built timber frame buildings filled crowd within the ancient city walls. Having come through an outbreak of bubonic plague in the previous year, the city’s population is hopeful that the worst is over.

But a fire has broken out in a bakery on Pudding Lane.

The children will start the morning by becoming apprentices on the streets of London, learning skills that would have been common for workers of the era. The activities typically include:

  • Barber surgeon
  • Apothecary
  • Leather worker
  • Chandler
  • Schoolhouse
  • Perfumer
  • Baker
  • Metal Worker
  • Seamstress
  • Weaving

As the children learn their trades, the fire spreads. With the flames drawing closer, the children will have to take action to try to stop it, including forming fire lines and tearing down local buildings. Will their efforts be enough?

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In the afternoon, the children will help excavate what is left of the charred city, looking for personal belongings and important legal documents that can help the city start the process of rebuilding.