Victorian workshops

Victorian Workshops

A relatively recent period of history, but how much do we know about the life of a child in Victorian Britain? Let’s experience it together at the Weald and Downland!

Workshops have been tweaked slightly to take account of the current circumstances, but are still a great opportunity to get a feel for life in Victorian times. Please ask for further details and we’ll be happy to discuss what might be most suitable for your visit.

Expand the sections below to find out more about our Victorian workshops.

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Overview

Duration

45 minutes

Maximum Number

15 children per group

Suggested Key Stages

KS1–KS2

How to Book

Telephone

01243 811459

Email

schoolbookings@wealddown.co.uk

Workshops

A Victorian Country Walk KS1–KS2

Duration: 45 minutes
Maximum numbers: 15 children

A Victorian Country Walk is designed as a fun experience for pupils studying the Victorian period to appreciate what children in this period would see and do on their journey to school.

The whole session takes place outside and the walk guides students to different areas of the Museum site. The exact route depends on the season and what is happening around the Museum, so each Country Walk session will be slightly different.

The group will undertake a varied walk looking at wildlife, vegetation, buildings, implements and demonstrations where appropriate. We may stop to look at the sheep and the shepherds hut, trees and hedgerows and their uses, the muck heap, gardens, wagons, the stables, a hay barn, geese, the lake and its wildlife, watch and listen to some birds, visit the blacksmith working in his forge and look at the sawpit.

The children will also have the opportunity to take part in in a few hands-on elements within the 45-minute session. This could be whistling using a piece of grass, picking berries and leaves from trees and hedgerows, using potatoes as hand warmers, playing with an iron hoop or collecting kindling.

How to Book

Please call our schools team on 01243 811459 or email schoolbookings@wealddown.co.uk

Risk Assessment

A Victorian Country Walk workshop (472Kb, PDF)

Victorian Household Chores KS1–KS2

Duration: 45 minutes
Maximum numbers: 15 children
Location: Whittaker’s Cottages

Victorian household chores workshop provides children with the opportunity to explore and consider the daily life and home environment of Victorian children. It is held in one of Whittaker’s Cottages, a typical farm labourer’s cottage of the Victorian period.

The children will undertake a varied range of household activities which Victorian children would have been expected to help with, for example making the beds and beating the rugs. Comparisons are made to the chores that are carried out today and the role that modern children have in these chores.

The children will also explore the outside, downstairs and upstairs of one of the houses, and will consider the differences and difficulties of outside toilets, no running water and no central heating. The workshop highlights the differences between Victorian and modern family size and living spaces.

How to Book

Please call our schools team on 01243 811459 or email schoolbookings@wealddown.co.uk

Risk Assessment

Victorian Household Chores workshop (472Kb, PDF)

Victorian School KS1–KS2

Duration: 45 minutes
Maximum numbers: 15 children
Location: School from West Wittering

The Victorian School experience offers the chance for children to become Victorian school children and take part in a Victorian class. It is held in a Victorian school building from West Wittering, used from the 1820’s until 1851.

The programme reflects a typical elementary school morning led by a school mistress or master. The lessons are adapted to suit the needs and abilities of the children, but can cover literacy, handwriting, arithmetic and good manners. Children are encouraged to participate in role-play, and through it compare the experience with their personal modern school lessons and day.

Our school mistress or master will be in Victorian clothing, and children and their adults are welcome to come in Victorian clothing to enhance the experience.

PLEASE NOTE: The lesson includes elements of Victorian Christian practice, for example morning prayers or hymns. We include these for historical purposes, but please let us know if you have any queries about this element, or would prefer that it is not included.

The children remain the responsibility of the teacher or teacher/helper during these workshops. It is vital that the children behave in a safe and responsible manner.

How to Book

Please call our schools team on 01243 811459 or email schoolbookings@wealddown.co.uk

Risk Assessment

Victorian School workshop (472Kb, PDF)

Victorian Cooking KS2

Duration: 45 minutes
Maximum numbers: 15 children
Location: House from Walderton

Sessions will start with everyone around the fire in the house from Walderton. Children will consider the contents of a grocer’s basket and where in the world it was grown.

We compare what we may buy today with what was available to the family who lived in a house similar to this in the Victorian era. Then everyone helps with a simple Victorian recipe for Drop Scones, which will be cooked on the griddle over an open fire.

At the end everyone will have the opportunity to sample the dish.

How to Book

Please call our schools team on 01243 811459 or email schoolbookings@wealddown.co.uk

Risk Assessment

Victorian Cooking workshop (474Kb, PDF)

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