The Victorian Age
Our Victorian workshop is delivered by 2 of our favourite characters: Miss Housego the Schoolmistress, and the doyen of detectives, Mr Sherlock Holmes himself.
Our recreated school room explores Victorian attitudes to education, and includes a genuine Victorian desk, a world map of the empire, framed portrait of the Queen, Union Jack flag, and examples of Victorian clothing.
Activities include writing on slates or with dip pens, wearing the dunces cap, showing the painful birch and finger stocks, standing up when teacher enters the room, segregation, singing the National Anthem and learning the 3 ‘R’s by rote, as it was practiced.
Outside we bring domestic service and life in the workshouse to life, with a Victorian mangle, carpet beating, oakum picking, polishing brassware, making gruel and peeling turnips!
In the other session, Sherlock leads students on a detective session researcing 35 famous Victorians – bringing 35 clues to their identity, including a genuine period plate camera, vintage pram, lanterns, African drum, books, hats, oar, stretcher, and many more.
Some of these characters are household names, others should be more famous than they are- such as Amelia Dyer…