Victorian activities at St John’s Museum

All our Victorian sessions meet the requirement for a local history element as part of the history curriculum.

These interactive sessions will allow your school children to immerse themselves in a realistic experience of Victorian life. Attend a lesson in our real Victorian classroom, try on a top hat or get hands-on in our laundry with Charlotte the laundry-maid for memorable experiences that will bring history to life. Choose from a number of different sessions to build your own day visit.

Victorian Laundry

Can you tell a posser from a dolly? Find out by taking part in this hands-on session in the real Victorian kitchen at St John’s House Museum with Charlotte, our laundry-maid. Discover what life was really like for Charlotte in a time before the kitchen appliances we all take for granted nowadays. [Download PDF]

The Victorian Schoolroom

Experience the Victorian Schoolroom at St John’s House Museum. Write on slates, read from the school readers, count on the abacus, practice your marching and much more! The Victorian school teacher will be expecting you, and hopes that you have all learnt your times-tables and washed behind your ears! [Download PDF]

Upstairs, Downstairs

Investigate everyday life in two very different Victorian households. How many were squeezed into a small terraced house, and how many servants would be needed in grand town house? What were the main differences between rich and poor, and how did they keep their homes warm and well-lit? [Download PDF]

Mob Caps to Top Hats

What clothes did Victorian children wear? What does it feel like to sit down in a crinoline? Look at and try on a range of replica and real clothing from our handling collection and discover for yourself what sort of clothes you would have worn over a hundred years ago. [Download PDF]

Victorian Schoolroom Extension Activities

Give your class some extra time to get to grips with life in a Victorian schoolroom in this  session outside of the schoolroom setting. Discover what a Victorian art lesson involved, try to do your very best copy-book handwriting or turn your hand to sewing. Please note that session contents will vary by Key Stage. [Download PDF]

Discovering St John’s

Take a discovery pack with quiz cards, and look around this historic building, finding out more about the displays and the building’s history – inside and out. (This session is free of charge.) [Download PDF]

Victorian Activities session costs:

  • £3.00 per pupil per session for all schools.

Please note there is a minimum charge of £45.00 per session. Due to the nature of the historic spaces at St John’s House Museum, there are limited numbers in each session for Victorian Activities. Please contact us for further details.

Also available: our special Victorian Day Projects

Ice Creams and Away Days

A fantastic opportunity to visit St Johns House Museum and experience summer as the Victorians would have done. Take part in a themed Victorian school lesson, help make ice cream with our Victorian cook and learn how the Victorians enjoyed their summer holidays. [Download PDF]

A Victorian Christmas

This popular festive session returns again and we recommend you book early. Visit St John’s House Museum and celebrate Christmas just as the Victorians would have done. Participate in a Christmas themed lesson in our Victorian Schoolroom, help the cook make the Christmas pudding and find out what working in the kitchen was really like. [Download PDF]

Book your visit and contact us here – Heritage Education booking information.

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