I've been really fascinated trawling through my local 'past and present' page on Facebook and thought it might be fun to get Ruby out on a bit of a history hunt.
I printed off some old photos - search on Facebook to see if you have a local page, or check out the local history section of your library - failing that you can do a Google image search for historic photos of where you live.
Armed with a clipboard; camera; suncream and some emergency snacks, we headed out.
It was great fun searching out the photo locations, using local knowledge, a print of an old map and the modern day map app on my phone. We married up features to check we were in the right places, then chatted about the differences and the changes over the years.
Ruby noticed how there were hardly any cars about in the 'olden days', compared to now. We also noted how there are lots more houses, and they are much closer together. She learnt how to pick out architectural features in houses to cross check them with our old pictures - she noticed how windows generally remained the same (or at least in the same places), chimneys were often recognisable even if properties had been extended, whereas front door-ways, fences and gardens had often changed.
Of course, the town's war memorial hasn't changed (but for having World War II's fallen locals added), but the surroundings are barely recognisable.
The one she found most interesting was a picture of a horse and plough in the middle of a cornfield - standing slap bang exactly where her school stands today.
It was a fascinating day, we learnt a lot about our town and it's history, had a lot of fun; fresh air; plenty of exercise (turns out we were walking around for 4 hours) and best of all it was totally free!
There was something oddly comforting, yet humbling standing taking photos in the exact same spot that someone else had all those years before.