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'Victorian Life'

Show Me surfer Faye used the Storymaker tool from our grown-ups' website to send in Part One of this fantastic story.

We've added in some Victorian-style pictures to add to the mood, and kept Faye's spelling excatly as she sent it. Her story's a thriller, and a bit scary, so read on if you dare...

A sepia photo of modern children dressed in Victorian clothes.

These children look like they're finding life as Victorians pretty tough!

Courtesy Gloucester Folk Museum.

'There once was a young victorian girl called May. She lived in a huge house. May was 8 years old and was looked after by a nanny in the nursery. She had no brothers or sisters. Her nanny was called Slyvia. She was very kind.

One day slyvia called May into the corner of the nursery. " May I want you yo help me" She wispered. "What with" May ansewred puzzled. " I want you to help me escape" " But ma and pa would be really angry if they found out".

No messing about in class - these modern kids are finding out that Victorian teachers could be very strict!

Courtesy Worcestershire County Museum.

Colour photo of modern children working at desks in a Victorian schoolroom, watched by a teacher. All are wearing Victorian dress.

Then suddenly Slyvia pulled may by the arm and they jumped out the large window of the nursery.

Down down they went. May was shocked and was very scared. "shut up"shouted slyvia. But.........It wasn't slyvia her nanny. It was a prisoner!

A group of modern children in Victorian dress, with sooty faces. The girls wear mop caps. Two of the boys wear black caps and one wears a top hat.

Modern kids discover that taking a train journey could be a sooty business in Victorian times!

Courtesy Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

The prisoner pulled off an identical mask to slyvias face. "aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" Screamed May.

It was Black jack the most wanted prisoner for murder. Black Jack had killed many people Could May be next????????'

Thank you Faye - we can't wait for Part Two! Anyone else who would like to send in a story as well, we're always happy to read them and publish as many as possible.

You can use the Storymaker link at the top of the page, type straight into our Get In Touch box or use snail mail. Get writing!

Check out Show Me's Victorians section for loads of Victorian-themed games and makes!

There are also some fantastic museums where you can find out more about what it was like to live in Victorian times. Here are just a few:

The Tenement House, Glasgow
The Argory, County Armagh
Cragside, Northumberland
Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Tyne and Wear
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire
Haden Hill House, West Midlands
Belgrave Hall, Leicester
Judge's Lodging, Powys
The Grove Rural Life Museum, Isle of Man
The British Schools Museum, Hitchin
The Geffrye Museum, London