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The Victorians and us

Are you teaching about the Victorians in your primary school and looking for some resources to bring it to life?

We have 4 brand new resources supporting the teaching of design and technology in context by looking at the key events that defined the Victorian era and how they have influenced engineering developments and society today. 

From making a pinhole camera to building a simple light bulb circuit inspired by Thomas Edison; and from the key events to the inventions that shaped the Victorian era, we have something to interest all.

These cross-curricular resources support the national curriculum spanning D&T, History, Engineering, English, Maths, Science and Computing. These teaching resources can be used as main lesson activities to teach learners about the influence of historical events on engineering and society as a whole, or they can be used as part of a wider scheme of learning focusing on the history of design, technology and engineering, alongside other Victorian themed IET resources.

Download the free resources below!

And please do share your learning highlights and final creations with us on social media @IETeducation or send them via email to to be featured in our online gallery.

If you enjoyed these resources, why not try our other historical themes?