The Specialists

The Victorian school visit can be booked very economically by the hour or as a full day for one or more classes to engage with both Greg and Lisa.


Schoolteacher session


Pupils are given a genuine

Victorian penny to pay

their rather formidable

Victorian School Mistress or

School Master in the

morning and then use

authentically made slate

boards and dip pens to

engage in real Victorian



After an exhausting drill (!), a specially planned playtime is incorporated into the morning when children are encouraged to play with a range of authentically reproduced and some antique Victorian toys.










Parlour games with the Lady


                                              Then, in the afternoon, children learn all

                                              about what it might be like when they return

                                              from school to their Victorian home.  Mrs

                                              Kirk's butler, Poyser is otherwise engaged so

                                              pupils are expected to help the Victorian lady

                                              by laying her table properly for dinner and

                                              are then rewarded with parlour games and

                                              gossip over tea.   





Victorian Washday


Meanwhile, her butler, Poyser oversees

groups using a selection of Victorian antique

artefacts to engage in an array of household

tasks including washing linen napkins, using

a posher; drying them using a mangle;

pegging them up on a line with wooden pegs etc.


Victorian Pastimes, Toys & Games


High quality,

reproduction and

original toys are

presented to the

children in

traditional wicker

baskets for them to

play with and

discover the

various mechanisms.


Addionally, each small group has a larger or special toy to engage with, such as bagatelle, shove ha'penny and a zoetrope.  The baskets

of toys carousel around the groups until all have been seen, when the class gather for a plenary.


















The day usually ends with groups coming together for storytelling from the lady, Mrs Kirk, who is altogether more sympathetic than the School Ma'am!   


                                                          Resources and costumes for this

                                                          day (as with all of the Specialists'

                                                          work) are researched to a high level

                                                          and are mainly of museum grade.

                                                          Many objects for this session are real

                                                          antiques.  Our research shows that

                                                          one of our parlour games is of local

                                                          origin, being played specifically in the East Midlands in Victorian times. 

We, Greg and Lisa, work fully in role as Victorians.  This means that we use our subject knowledge to respond to questions and talk as they would do.  To achieve this we use an antiquated pattern of speech to lend a realistic feel to our words whilst remaining clear enough for children to understand.  The overall experience for children is then an immersive one where they feel they have truly met a Victorian and gained a picture of Victorian times. The sessions are interactive and involve all of the children.


Please view our Victorian Artefact Galleries

for pictures of more artefacts and toys.


SEN Schools

We understand the need for explorative

learning and incorporate sensory

opportunities. Our Victorian visit into SEN

schools is less structured and if required,

we can visit in costume but not in role.



(The rates quoted below cover the service which can be delivered by one or two Specialists dependent on your area and other factors - please see our Terms and Conditions.)


Full Day

The full day rate is £175.00 plus petrol (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)

I/2 day

In our local area you are more than welcome to book half a day or less to include some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £100.00 (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)


I-2 hours

In our local area and for up to two classes, up to two Specialist led sessions and up to two teacher-led sessions using our resources -  £80.00 plus mileage.



Victorian Children

School Visit





Some of the locations we travel to for our Victorians workshops are:

East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire Leicester Hinckley Nottingham Peterborough, Leamington Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne, Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark, Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Rutland - Oakham, Uppingham. Cottesmore, Bedford, Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, West-Midlands, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Coventry, Smethwick, West Bromwich, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Warwickshire, Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon.



The Victorian Playtime basket


Our Victorian-style School Desk - part of the standard kit for a Specialists Victorian Day.


Victorian Visits for Schools


Recent Victorian Visits to local schools have included several sessions at Martinshaw Primary School in Groby.  On average, costs in our own county are kept low, so typically a full Victorian day in school costs around £190.00-£200.00.  Additionally, to accommodate large numbers, we can nearly always both attend local bookings so work on a buy one get one free basis!  The only caveat to that is that Greg tends to leave slightly earlier for childcare reasons and Lisa ends the day with storytelling as a whole group.

"Thanks Greg, the day was a great success - and great to have you in school again too."


Mr Raben, Head Teacher, Martinshaw Primary School