Using the back cover image: painted wooden police truncheon

Primary History feature

By Izzy Bartley, published 10th July 2019

This painted wooden police truncheon dates from the reign of King William IV (1830–37). It is decorated with a crown and the letters WIVR, standing for King William IV. For some pupils, its function may be obvious, for others it may be mistaken for a rounders or baseball bat, or for something else entirely. Pupils can be encouraged to formulate a range of questions, such as: What is it made of? What would it have been used for? How does its design reflect this use?...

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