Victorians at St Johns – upstairs downstairs

Workshop title

Victorians at St Johns – upstairs downstairs

Key stage 1 and 2
Delivered at

St John’s House, Warwick

Duration 1 hour
Main focus


Workshop information

This workshop is usually booked alongside other Victorian’s at St Johns workshops as part of a whole day’s programme of activity. We can accommodate groups of 90 at St Johns House Museum. If your group is larger please call to discuss.

Workshop outline

Compare the lives of working class and wealthy Victorian families using our model houses. Explore how these homes were lit and how people kept clean. Examine Victorian domestic techniques using original objects and learn about the difference between family life, servants and education for rich and poor families.

Children will play the roles of different members of the household and the workshop includes the chance to try on some Victorian clothing.

Key skills covered
  • Chronological understanding
  • Change and continuity – understand how life in the past was different and similar to today
  • Cause and consequence – understand the differences between Victorian and modern homes and the influence of Victorian Britain on British culture today
  • Historic enquiry and interpretation of original sources and objects
Booking information