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.
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.
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
original toys are
presented to the
baskets for them to
play with and
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.
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.)
The full day rate is £175.00 plus petrol (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
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 hoursIn 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.
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