Teachers & Group Leaders

Transport In The 1930s

Key Stage 2


The film 'Barging Through London' which can be seen every day at the Museum, is a wonderful record of transport in London nearly eighty years ago.

National Curriculum


Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Pupils should be taught about:
  • A local history study.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand that canals were still commercially important in Britain in the 1930s.
  • To learn how the narrow boats were powered and operated during their journeys.
  • To learn about other forms of urban transport commonly in use at the time.
  • To divide the forms of transport into those still in use today, and those which have disappeared completely.
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