10 school trips Hampshire school kids did

Daily Echo: 10 school trips Hampshire school kids did 10 school trips Hampshire school kids did

Nothing could match the joy of a young school child being let out of the classroom and allowed to experience the outside world.

School trips were a break from the drudgery of multiplication tables and tracing paper in the bathroom.

Here, we remember some of the most common school trips for Hampshire kids.

God's House Tower

Daily Echo: God's House Tower in SouthamptonGod's House Tower

This was home to the city's archaeology museum. As well as looking out of the windows and pretending to shoot people with your imaginary arrow, a common task was to draw some of the artefacts. If you were lucky you were allowed to handle a piece of a Roman wine jug or such thing, usually pretending to your friends that you were about to drop it, just to wind your teacher up. The building is now empty, although there is talk of it being used as an arts space.

Maritime Museum

Daily Echo: The Wool House on the corner of Bugle Street and Town Quay in SouthamptonThe Wool House

In the Wool House until the Sea City Museum, this had a massive 3D model of Southampton at the rear. It always looked slightly odd - until you realised it was Southampton in the 1930s.Upstairs there was a massive model of the Queen Mary - which everyone said was the Titanic. The Wool House is now planned to become a traditional brewery and pub.

InTech

Daily Echo: The entrance to the Old InTech site.

Lots of science things going on here at the King's School in Winchester, but invariably the main thing any child remembers was the chance to make their own badge featuring the InTech parrot on it. The charity run centre moved in 2002 to a much larger site including a planetarium. They sadly no longer have the badge machine.

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Daily Echo: Roman soldiers. May not be a photo of actual roman soldiers

Located down near Chichester, was a great introduction to how posh people lived in Roman times, with a dazzling array of mosaics throughout the remnants of the place. On your way there, depending on how old you were, you may have even thought that Portsdown Hill was the White Cliffs of Dover, simply as you were so far away from home.

Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth

Daily Echo: New 3D imaging helps preserve HMS VictoryHMS Victory

Boats and guns. The Victory made you stop and stare, even though as a child you were at risk of whacking your head on the low beams.The Mary Rose sounded amazing in class, so it was a bit of a surprise to find some damp bits of wood as you stood in the freezing cold. The Mary Rose is now no longer being hosed down and is housed in a museum which has been built around it.

Le Harve

Southampton's twin city in France, and scene of many a French exchange. YOu probably went on day trips to the picturesque Honfleur or bustling Rouen, or the massive Pont de Normandie, which no matter how you looked at it, was a bridge in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, the french kids got to see Marwell Zoo and the Tower of London. The ferry journey was long and unrelenting, but the excitement was almost too much when you were told to change the time on your Casio watch.

Tudor House

Daily Echo: Tudor HouseTudor House

There's nothing like being made to stand in front of peers in a silly costume. At Tudor House, it was the dress as a Tudor merchant, as you imagined yourself as the sort of person who would have lived in a house like this. Like all Southampton museums, you were encourage to visit the shop, where you would invariably purchase an eraser shaped like a book. It closed for a number of years for multi-million pound project to protect the building and upgrade the exhibits.

Winchester Cathedral

Daily Echo: Special service at Winchester Cathedral for parents to say goodbye to lost childrenWinchester Cathedral

You learnt about the deep-sea diver who saved the cathedral from the waters, Old Minster which was on the site beforehand and the legend of St Swithun and the 40 days of rain. None of these things you got to see when visiting.

Winchester Castle

Daily Echo: The roundtable in Winchester, along with knights from Monty Python's Spamalot. Randomly.

King Arthur's legend offers so much - Excalibur, knights, a lady in the lake - you knew that going to see the Roundtable would be good. You probably weren't expecting what looked like an oversized dart board. That dartboard however is almost 800 years old.

Manor Farm Country Park

Daily Echo: David Trenchard with a piglet and her mother at Manor Farm Country Park

Animals, mud and fancy dress. Basically, an eight year old's dream. You'd be taken into the old Victorian farmhouse, dressed up like someone from the 19th century and made to experience the hardships of pre-industrial farm life. Then you'd be let loose to run around and draw stuff you found, from cows to staddle stones.

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11:29am Fri 7 Mar 14

SilvanDryad says...

Tracing paper in the bathroom? Weird school you went to.
Tracing paper in the bathroom? Weird school you went to. SilvanDryad
  • Score: -6

11:56am Fri 7 Mar 14

Young Greybeard says...

Best school trip I ever went on?
One of the 'educational cruises' that Hampshire CC used to offer every year. Left Southampton on SS Nevasa, called at Lisbon, Gibralter, Valetta (Malta), Alexandria with trip to Cairo, finally Venice and flew home. 15 days in total. Seem to remember it cost my parents £65 but it was in 1966. It was covered in the Echo with photos.
Best school trip I ever went on? One of the 'educational cruises' that Hampshire CC used to offer every year. Left Southampton on SS Nevasa, called at Lisbon, Gibralter, Valetta (Malta), Alexandria with trip to Cairo, finally Venice and flew home. 15 days in total. Seem to remember it cost my parents £65 but it was in 1966. It was covered in the Echo with photos. Young Greybeard
  • Score: 12

11:58am Fri 7 Mar 14

sophisticated says...

I remember - the really cheap toilet paper that was the same texture as tracing paper .. nasty stuff!
I remember - the really cheap toilet paper that was the same texture as tracing paper .. nasty stuff! sophisticated
  • Score: 18

12:09pm Fri 7 Mar 14

sotonboy84 says...

Moving on to 2014 and Southampton City Council obviously don't share the same nostalgia by closing God's House Tower, cutting the Tudor House opening hours and trying to pass the Wool House over to a pub.

The 'talk' of God's House Tower being used as an arts space has been suggested by the pub that want to use the Wool House to try and divert attention away from the fact the city could lose the building which has already proved itself as a self-funding community space. A city asset could risk being lost in favour of a private commercial venture.

You can object the submitted plans to convert the Wool House into a pub, and listed building internal alterations from the below links.

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Moving on to 2014 and Southampton City Council obviously don't share the same nostalgia by closing God's House Tower, cutting the Tudor House opening hours and trying to pass the Wool House over to a pub. The 'talk' of God's House Tower being used as an arts space has been suggested by the pub that want to use the Wool House to try and divert attention away from the fact the city could lose the building which has already proved itself as a self-funding community space. A city asset could risk being lost in favour of a private commercial venture. You can object the submitted plans to convert the Wool House into a pub, and listed building internal alterations from the below links. https://planningpubl icaccess.southampton .gov.uk/online-appli cations/applicationD etails.do?activeTab= summary&keyVal=MZUQE VOZ43000 https://planningpubl icaccess.southampton .gov.uk/online-appli cations/applicationD etails.do?activeTab= summary&keyVal=MZUQE WOZ43004 sotonboy84
  • Score: -1

12:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

elvisimo says...

presume all of these trips are considered too dangerous nowadays..
presume all of these trips are considered too dangerous nowadays.. elvisimo
  • Score: 1

1:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SFC-Matt says...

We didn't go to any of these places
We didn't go to any of these places SFC-Matt
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

solomum says...

SilvanDryad wrote:
Tracing paper in the bathroom? Weird school you went to.
You obviously are past the era of toilet tracing paper then which was around until at least the mid 80's. Awful stuff, but I guess it was cheap. Was in all public loos too.
[quote][p][bold]SilvanDryad[/bold] wrote: Tracing paper in the bathroom? Weird school you went to.[/p][/quote]You obviously are past the era of toilet tracing paper then which was around until at least the mid 80's. Awful stuff, but I guess it was cheap. Was in all public loos too. solomum
  • Score: 5

1:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

shesaint says...

Brilliant piece. Can identify with with a lot of it, but more from my children's perspective. Keep up the good work.
Brilliant piece. Can identify with with a lot of it, but more from my children's perspective. Keep up the good work. shesaint
  • Score: 2

2:10pm Fri 7 Mar 14

LadySam says...

As primary school children in Hythe we went to Breamore House, the Motor Museum, HMS Foudroyant moored in Portsmouth Harbour, Weald & Downland Open Air museum...........all lovely days out.
As primary school children in Hythe we went to Breamore House, the Motor Museum, HMS Foudroyant moored in Portsmouth Harbour, Weald & Downland Open Air museum...........all lovely days out. LadySam
  • Score: 2

5:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

TurquoiseJ says...

solomum wrote:
SilvanDryad wrote:
Tracing paper in the bathroom? Weird school you went to.
You obviously are past the era of toilet tracing paper then which was around until at least the mid 80's. Awful stuff, but I guess it was cheap. Was in all public loos too.
I remember that toilet paper well. It also had now wash your hands written on it. The toilets at our school were in the playground freezing during the winter dashing across to them. School sometimes had to close when the toilets froze! This was 1980-86
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SilvanDryad[/bold] wrote: Tracing paper in the bathroom? Weird school you went to.[/p][/quote]You obviously are past the era of toilet tracing paper then which was around until at least the mid 80's. Awful stuff, but I guess it was cheap. Was in all public loos too.[/p][/quote]I remember that toilet paper well. It also had now wash your hands written on it. The toilets at our school were in the playground freezing during the winter dashing across to them. School sometimes had to close when the toilets froze! This was 1980-86 TurquoiseJ
  • Score: 0

9:24pm Fri 7 Mar 14

lionheart says...

Your caption says Le Harve!

It might sound like that but it's spelt Le Havre.
Your caption says Le Harve! It might sound like that but it's spelt Le Havre. lionheart
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Sat 8 Mar 14

B. L. says...

sophisticated wrote:
I remember - the really cheap toilet paper that was the same texture as tracing paper .. nasty stuff!
Yes. that was really bad stuff. if I remember correctly, wasn't one of the brands called San Izal or something like that. Was softer using torn up newspaper !
[quote][p][bold]sophisticated[/bold] wrote: I remember - the really cheap toilet paper that was the same texture as tracing paper .. nasty stuff![/p][/quote]Yes. that was really bad stuff. if I remember correctly, wasn't one of the brands called San Izal or something like that. Was softer using torn up newspaper ! B. L.
  • Score: 1

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