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Education and Group Visits

Key Stage 1

Visit the Workhouse for a living history experience:

Be transported back 150 years to our Victorian home. Come in costume and bring a Victorian style packed lunch and choose a selection of ½ hour activities from:

•Self led or guided tour
•Polly’s kitchen - investigate Polly’s kitchen to find out how kitchens worked without electricity, plan a meal for the family and sample some tasty treats
•The Laundry - find out from the laundry maid how much hard work was involved in keeping clean: have a go at possing, mangling and ironing the clothes, beating the carpets and sweeping floors.
•Victorian school room – how different was the classroom long ago? The school mistress will show you around and teach you the ‘3 Rs’ the old fashioned way
•Rag-rugging – find out about Victorian thrift and recycling and bring home a square of rag rug
•Traditional Toys: what did poor children play with? What were toys made of before plastic and electricity? Have a tea party and play with our traditional toys
•Traditional Playground Games: active and fun rhymes, songs and games from potato skittles to dusty bluebells!
•Working in the Victorian Garden: help the gardeners with their tasks, growing fruit and veg and keeping the garden tidy
•Explore and Draw Rich and Poor – self led exploration of our collection of objects from the lives of Victorian children.

Please download our Education Programme from this page for further details and contact Sue Mackay or Wendy Hunwick-Brown to discuss your needs and book on 01765 690799.

Borrow our Loan Boxes :

Use our handling collections in the comfort of your own classroom.
Create  your own museum or improve your role-play area:

  • Explore Victorians Rich and Poor
  • Traditional Toys

Available @ £30 per week.


Invite our Learning Team to visit you:

Let us introduce lives long ago with a costumed presentation including topics of your choice:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Food and Cooking
  • Clothes
  • Traditional Toys

Available @ £20 per hour


Did you know?

Transportation sentences began on arrival in Australia (often 2 years after the sentence was passed!)

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