Victorian Life School Workshops

Victorian Life School Workshop

Victorian Life School Workshops

In our Victorian Life school workshops children will learn about the way of life of Victorians who lived in the South East. Our Museum is home to many original Victorian buildings. As the children step inside these spaces they can honestly say they are stepping back in time. Children and young people who visit us are able to walk through a Victorian toll house, visit Victorian farm buildings, compare the kitchen in the home of a farm labourer with the kitchen of a wealthier family and hear the organ playing inside our Victorian tin chapel.

To help children to engage with these buildings we offer a variety of workshops which bring the Victorian era and ‘what happened inside these buildings’ to life. Many of our workshops are led by costume interpreters and we are told the children feel immersed in their experience, often remembering and re-telling aspects of their day in the weeks following their visit. Children may cook griddle scones inside the farm labourer’s kitchen or help with a Victorian washday. They can visit the Toll House keeper’s wife or learn how she made rag rugs. Children can experience how ordinary families created a light source to use in their homes during the long, dark evenings and they can make butter inside our dairy barn in our traditional farm yard.

We recommend booking a theme day by choosing two 60 minute workshops or three 45 minute workshops of your choice and creating a whole day of immersive learning.

60 minute workshops
What was it like to live in a Victorian toll house?
Cooking in the past
What was it like in a Victorian School?

45 minute workshops
How do we create Rag Rugs?
How did we wash clothes in the past?
Lighting in the past
Creating a Victorian Brick
Making butter
Toys and games from the past

Alternatively you may wish to link with literacy and take part in our Little Red Hen or Mrs Tiggy-Winkle theme day which is set in the Victorian period or you may choose to experience a Victorian Christmas during the last two weeks of November. Victorian Blacksmith demonstrations are also available.


Further information

For further information or to create a bespoke theme day please contact the Education Team on, complete our Education contact form or telephone 01494 875 542.

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