Learn about life in Rushden during Victorian times

People will be able to see a blacksmith at work during the Victorian event in Rushden

People will be able to see a blacksmith at work during the Victorian event in Rushden

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People will be able to step back in time and discover what it was like to live in Rushden during the Victorian era at a forthcoming event.

Rushden Transport Museum and Railway, Rushden Museum and the Trading Places heritage project have teamed up to celebrate the hidden past of Rushden High Street with crime walks, a photographic exhibition and various hands-on activities for children.

Children will be able to make peg dollies during the Victorian event in Rushden

Children will be able to make peg dollies during the Victorian event in Rushden

Attractions will include a blacksmith creating metal works of art and free rides on the Blue Circle locomotive steam train at Rushden Station between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, June 25.

Victorian refreshments will be on offer and there will also be the chance to experience what it was like to catch a train in the 1900s.

At Rushden Museum, children will be able to make a traditional peg doll, dress up to take a Victorian selfie and have a go at the children’s chores of that era, including polishing the brass and emptying the chamber pot.

There will also be a ‘Looking into The Past’ photographic exhibition celebrating the past and present of the town’s High Street.

Another way to learn about the town’s history is by taking part in the Rushden High Street quiz, where you’ll be asked to identify the shop, find the clue in the window and find out what the shop was in 1901.

Free copies of the quiz will be available from the museum, Rushden Station, Mrs B’s, Osbornes or Rushden Library from June 18 onwards.

Completed quiz sheets can be taken to Rushden Museum or the station on June 25 to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

But for those looking for something a little darker from Rushden’s Victorian past, you can join Jack the Ripper expert and lecturer in the history of crime at Northampton University, Dr Drew Gray.

Dr Gray will be leading two evening walks exploring Rushden’s past through its criminal activity.

The evening walks are on Thursday, June 23, and again on June 30 both at 7pm.

Places are limited so people are advised to book in advance by calling 01933 625527.

The event has been made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery, which is supporting the Rockingham Forest Trust’s Trading Places project to celebrate the traditional skills of the Nene Valley.

The volunteers at Rushden Transport Museum and Railway and Rushden Museum have also been thanked for their help and support with the event.