Bookings for Summer 2017 are now being taken and are going quickly!
To book a school visit, please contact the museum on 020 8980 6405,
or via email at email@example.com .
Before you call or email, we recommend that you view our Frequently Asked Questions, which contains detailed information about our offerings, facilities, and booking procedures.
Our Schools Programme has been developed to provide children with an exciting way of engaging their young minds with history, and of encouraging them to use their imaginations and powers of creative thinking.
Through roleplay and object handling sessions, your pupils will be given the opportunity to explore and discover what life would have been like for children their age in the Victorian Era.
The activities all take place in the building which served as the largest free school for poor or ‘ragged’ children from 1877 to 1908. The children are encouraged to come in costume, dressed as Victorian children (the more ragged, the better!).
Key Stage 1
For Key Stage 1, we offer two sessions to choose from: a Victorian Lesson led by a costumed actor, or a story telling session, where objects and costume are used to tell the story of Polly, a girl who lived over 100 years ago. Both sessions are designed to be engaging and fun.
Key Stage 2
For Key Stage 2, we offer a visit that has two components, both lasting approximately an hour. The first part is a Victorian Lesson, with ‘Miss Perkins’ played by an actor, in our recreated Victorian Classroom. Through roleplay the children are given an opportunity to experience what school was like for poor Victorian children. The other part takes place in the Victorian East End Kitchen, a recreated kitchen belonging to an East End family in about 1900. The session, presented by volunteers and staff, concentrates on the domestic life of poor Victorians. Roleplay is used to demonstrate Victorian ‘chores’ (for example, clothes washing in a tin bath and ironing with flat irons), and children will have the opportunity to handle objects more than one hundred years old.
Our programme for pupils with Special Educational Needs consists of specifically designed sessions led by trained staff. The sessions are flexible to meet the specific needs of the group, but all centre around roleplay and/or object handling in the Victorian Classroom.