This figure of a boy will have been used by an Edge Hill student who was training to be a teacher and is probably from the 1930s. If you look closely, you can see instructions about how to construct the figure written on the various parts of the body. It is possible that the trainee teacher took it with them to use in the classroom with children. On the other hand, they may have made it as a demonstration of something they might use during a class.

What do you think it might have been used for? Can you remember anything similar being used by teachers you have had? It’s quite a strange looking item, so may even inspire you to write a piece of fiction or create an artwork inspired by it?