Trade Directories Objectives
To understand that we find out about the past
from official documents.
To develop further, historical skills of enquiry through an
investigation of the document.
To ask and answer questions using the historical evidence.
What is this document?
Why was it written?
What does it tell us about a) our locality b) the period of
time it was written?
What does it tell us about some of the people in our locality?
How has this changed today?
Are there any surnames you recognise there?
National Curriculum Ref
4a 4b Historical enquiry
Unit 7 Local Study
Trade Directories online from Staffordshire
Places and available at Stafford, Stoke, and Lichfield Record
Recent trade directories from the library
In pairs ask children to read through original
document, either hard copy or online.
Ask them to write down all the words they understand as they
Each pair then works with another pair to share ideas.
Each group now attempts to fill in any gaps by looking at
the document again.
In the plenary show transcribed document and ask groups to
compare it with their writing. A point system could be used
to mark each correct word.
Use the questions above as a starting point
when investigating the document further. Get children to record
Compare the old directory with a recent one. Children record
how the area has changed e.g. illustrations, list, and written
comparison according to ability.
Geography Local Study
Literacy Reading and Writing
Opportunities for Extension and Support
Children could use Excel to display their findings
in graph form
No of shopkeepers, Inn Keepers, farmers etc
Children who have difficulty reading often
find this activity enjoyable as it doesn't always comply too
the normal rules of reading. It is more detective work. However
an adult may be used to scribe their dictation.
Opportunities for ICT
Use of Staffordshire Past Tracks trade directory
Use of Excel for representing information as data.