The Great Local History Quiz

The Great Local History Quiz

b90bf20d0f4f82c32031c9238cbaf1cf.jpgIf your child LOVES history, they may be missing their school history lessons. So how about taking part in our Raring2go! local history quiz? 

Birmingham Museums:

Q: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery houses the Staffordshire Hoard, a collection of gold and silver objects that were buried about 1400 years ago. What were the people who buried the hoard known as? 

Q: Aston Hall was attacked during the English Civil War and the house was laid siege to. During the siege the staircase was damaged by a cannon ball, this damage can still be seen today. Which side attacked the Hall?

Q: Soho House was the home of the industrialist and inventor Matthew Boulton. In recognition of his advancements in engineering and coinage his portrait was used on which piece of British currency?
All the above answers can be found on the Birmingham Museums website.

Dudley Zoo and Castle:

Q: How old is Dudley Castle this year? Find out more here.

King Richard III Centre:

Q. The remains of King Richard III were found underneath a car park in Leicester in 2012, but where are they now?

Find out the answer - and the whole story - here 

Q. What animal was King Richard III's personal symbol?

You can find the answer here in our blog about banners and animals

Worcester Museums:

Q. In Victorian Times children often went into service (became a servant) in a big house. At Worcester Museum the scullery helps fd91e800c7655c116a182c5bf4d023bc.jpgyou try out what it was like to be in service. How good would you have been?  Do you know what this blue pot is and what it was used for? 

Q. At Hartlebury Castle you can visit a Victorian School Room, what did Victorian school children use to write with and on, instead of paper and pens?

Q. What was The Commandery building previously in 1651? 

Q. During the Ice Age, massive beasts roamed the Worcestershire landscape including the woolly mammoth and which other large hairy nose-horned mammal? Find the answer here.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway:

Q. During the building of the original Great Western Railway line from Stratford to Cheltenham in 1903, there was a major accident  when part of the Stanway viaduct collapsed. How many arches were destroyed and how many men were killed. Find the answers here.

Q. Which famous chocolate maker is associated with the start of the rebuild of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway  in 1984 and why?

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum:

Q: What mysterious building lies below the museum grounds?

Coventry Transport Museum:

Q: What is an Ariel Cycle also known for?

Coughton Court:

Q. Guy Fawkes become the most famous member of the infamous Gunpowder Plot but he wasn’t its ring leader. Do you know who led the failed assassination attempt against King James I? For help click here.

Q. Bess Throckmorton was the daughter of Anne Carew and Sir Nicholas Throckmorton of Coughton Court and later became Lady-in-Waiting 27367117c926ff3c36d472fba7980b6b.jpgto Queen Elizabeth I. She secretly married one of the Queens favourite courtiers in 1591 – much to the fury of the Queen and they were both sent to the Tower of London. When he was later executed in 1618 Bess was rumoured to carry his embalmed head around with her in a red leather sack! Can you find out what his name was? Find out more here.

Heights of Abraham, Peak District
Q. Aside from John Smedley's home, what else was Riber Castle used for? 

Q. What nickname was given to Matlock Bath by literary figures Mary Shelley and Lord Byron? And why?

Answers can be found here.

Hereford Waterworks Museum:

Cities and towns grew steadily in the 19th century and outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever caused by infected water were common in Hereford. Rivers and underground water could be full of sewage and industrial waste. By the middle of the century the link had been made between bad water and disease and proposals for a waterworks in Hereford began to be discussed.

Q. In what year did Hereford Waterworks install a beam engine to pump water from the Wye to a reservoir on Broomy Hill?

Severn Valley Railway:
Q. The original Severn Valley Railway line was completed in which century? 

Q. When was the oldest operational steam locomotive currently running on the Severn Valley Railway built?

Red House Glass Cone
Q. Glass manufacturing was once the lifeblood of the local community in Stourbridge. The Red House Glass dd345f4632a58f6e2aef430dce63ec61.jpgCone was used to manufacture glass until 1936. How many glass cones are left now in the UK?

Wolverhampton Art Gallery:

These questions are about an oil painting called Family of E. L. Lee (1736) by the artist Joseph Highmore (1692 – 1780). It is part of Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s permanent collection and is on currently on display in our Georgian room. You might have seen it when you have visited the gallery? The picture is important because it connects to the history of the city.

Click on this link to view the picture on the gallery’s website:

Look at the picture, and read the descriptions on the webpage too, to help you answer the questions.

Q. The Lee’s were an important local family who lived at nearby Colton Hall. Look at the picture on the webpage (click to enlarge it). How many family members can you count? One of them is holding an animal. Can you see what animal it is? Do you know why she is holding it?

Q. Isabella married Eldred Lancelot Lee in one of the oldest buildings in Wolverhampton. Read the description on the webpage carefully and see if you can find out where they got married? Do you know what year they were married?

Nuneaton Art Gallery & Museum:

Q. Which famous author was born in Nuneaton?

For all the answers, click here. No cheating first!

Project: how about doing a poster or picture based on one of the answers you have discovered? If you'd like to share it with us, as ask a grown up to email it to use on this address. 

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