Key Stage 1 & SEN


Visit the Workhouse for a living history experience: Choose from our three main programmes or combine them for a longer visit.

Rich & Poor Victorian Child (day):

Morning: Workhouse Child

Experience hard work and no play - the life of a Victorian workhouse boy or girl. Meet Matron who will explain the rules; hands out of pockets, don’t speak until spoken to and always be polite and obey your elders. Then to work and school with our carousel of hands-on activities:

  • Victorian Schoolroom:(split into 2  groups - Boys and Girls) a Lesson awaits with our strict Schoolmaster or mistress. Learn to write on a slate and learn about Victorian classroom punishments.
  • (For the girls) Rag-rugging: Nothing gets thrown away. Make a patch of rag-rug to take home from recycled material.
  • (For the Boys) Planting and Garden: the boys will plant a seed pot to take away and then scare the birds away in the garden
  • Laundry: Hard work using dolly tubs, using the mangleand beating rugs
  • Chores: (cleaning, sweeping and polishing).
  • (alterrnative option) Baking: Bread was a staple of the Workhouse diet - make bread rolls and take them home.

Afternoon: Guardian’s Child

Relax and enjoy the life of a rich Victorian child, perhaps the child of one of the wealthy Workhouse Guardians. Guardians usually came from priviliged backgrounds.

  • Toys: Match up toys both outdoor and indoor, homemade and bought. Discover materials, textures and how they work.
  • Playground Games: Active and fun rhymes, songs and games from Farmers in his Den to Hunting the Thimble!
  • alternative option: Punch and Judy show: no TV in victorian times so take part in our Punch and Judy Theatre


Understanding the World - People who help Us

Morning - Prison and Police Museum

Call the Police!

Our new outreach visit extends understanding of the role of policemen and woman in an interactive and enjoyable way which links to the curriculum. We bring uniforms and artefacts from our Prison & Police Museum which together with our hands-on activities build a picture of what policemen and women wear and what they do in the community. The morning (or afternoon) includes:

‘Ello, ’ello, ‘ello: To begin we bring two of our staff in police costume from our collections. One is dressed as a Peeler, a very early policeman, one is dressed as a modern Police Officer. We ask the class to spot differences and then ask them which piece of equipment goes with which policeman. We find out what the police do and how to contact them.

Then a carousel of activities:

  • Mini crime scene: Who do we call? What would the Police do? Finger printing - how and why?
  • Mug shots: why the police take them. Mug shot game.
  • Finger Printing - How and why?

Afternoon - Learning at the Workhouse Museum

Victorian School Room who helps us learn, write of chalk baords, singing hyns and simple sums

Our Aprentices - stories of Workhouse children who found a good job after a Workhouse education

Call the Nurse!

The Workhousae had a large infirmary providing maternity care for mothers and babies and to look after the ill paupers. Visit our mediacal room, learn how to wash the baby and put her in the cot and practise bandages with our nurse.




Can't make it to the museums?  We can come to you!

1. Call the Police!

'Ello 'ello 'ello: Two of our staff are dressed as police officers - One as a Peeler - an early policeman and one as a modern day Police Officer. Your class will spot the difference, see which equipment belongs to which officer and find out what the police do and how to contact them.

Then a carousel of activities:

Mini crime scene: Who do we call? What would the Police do? Finger printing - how and why?
Mug shots: why the police take them. Mug shot game.
Finger Printing - How and why?

2. Felting and Workhouse Rag -rugging

Recycle the Victorian way with our textile outreach, make a sample of a rag rug from old material. Yorkshire was the centre of textiles in Victorian England so have a go at making felt - the worlds oldest fabric using the wet-felting technique.

3. Victorian toys and Games

Focus on understanding through play

Victorian Toys - Compare materials to modern toys, those for rich and those for poor children, those made to develop skills and those for indoor and outdoor play.

Victorian Games - With more siblings to play with and more outdoor games we explore some old favourite singing games and 'home made' games.


Call Carrie or Katy for more information about any of our KS1 sessions.

To book, contact:

Carrie Philip
Learning Manager
Ripon Museums
The Workhouse, Allhallowgate
Ripon, HG4 1LE
T: 01765 690799
[email protected]


Fabulous trip! Highly highly recommend. Brackenfield will see you next year!

Brackenfield School 2015