of the Web Site:
The site is divided into six fields:
This field is primarily for KS2 children and family use.
Participants are invited to adopt the role of a customs
officer investigating eight people from the 18th and 19th
centuries, but before they begin they need to find out how
smugglers operated. This information is provided under the
- Funding / Big Business
- Sailors Purchase Goods and Deliver
- The Contraband is Landed, Hidden and Distributed
More detailed information and relevant maps may be found in
the Archive field.
When pupils are ready to begin their investigation they are
encouraged to print out a portfolio for each suspect. The
eight people are all real people and the data is authentic.
Pupils record their verdict and then consult with the
Commissioner of Customs (i.e. the teacher!) to see if their
fellow customs officers have reached the same conclusion.
Once the portfolio has been completed pupils are invited to
find out what really happened. In some cases the evidence is
inconclusive and the verdict is open to debate. What degree of
involvement constitutes guilt? If Squire Hooper deliberately
turns a blind eye to smuggling or young Charlie Dean acts as a
look out, how culpable are they? Children can apply these
issues to their school environment and discuss their own ideas
on personal responsibility, group loyalties and the like.
This field is primarily for KS3 and family use.
Participants are invited to match objects retrieved from wreck
sites with five ships that sank off the Dorset coast between
1786 - 1915. As pupils investigate each ship or object they
print out the data and keep it in their folders. Once they
have successfully matched a ship with an object the can
discover the full story. Further details about each wreck are
available from the Archive field.
Museums in Dorset tell the fascinating story of the
County's past. Each museum has a brief entry describing its collections
and details of how to make contact.
The Teachers’ Centre provides support for teachers to
facilitate schools’ use of the web site. It includes
downloadable curriculum links, teaching suggestions and a
schools project section to which schools are invited to
contribute pupils’ work.
The Virtual Galleries bring together pictures of objects
from museums across the county. They are sub-divided into
smuggling, shipwrecks and a general gallery. (The first five
objects in the General Gallery are from the Shipwrecks
learning activity. If these objects were located in the
Shipwrecks Gallery children would soon realise and take a
short cut to discover the right answers to the shipwreck
questions!) The other images in the General Gallery are linked
to the Great Storm which devastated the Dorset coast in 1824.
The Archive provides more detailed information about the
objects and stories referred to elsewhere on the web site. It
is sub-divided into smuggling, shipwrecks and a general
archive and includes extracts from eyewitness accounts,
diaries, contemporary newspapers, maps and the like. The
information about the origins of the East India Company, the
log books of the Halsewell and the Earl of Abergavenny,
and extracts from the Memoirs of William Hickey, including
Munnoo’s Story, are particularly relevant to QCA History
Guidelines, units 13 & 14.
The Archive also includes a data base of smugglers listed
in the Dorchester Gaol registers, 1782 - 1853, and a data base
of smugglers who appeared in the records of the Lyme Regis
Quarter Sessions, 1724 - 1749. Both data bases can be
interrogated by pupils and provide a fascinating insight into
the involvement of individual parishes and provide profiles of
the smugglers themselves.
The Archive also contains information about
the natural history of shipwrecks linked to a KS 3 Science
teaching suggestion, and a list of sources used to compile the