Using the back cover image: painted wooden police truncheon

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Izzy Bartley, last updated: 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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