Some of the locations we travel to for our Victorians workshops are:
East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire Leicester Hinckley Nottingham, Leamington Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Rutland, Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, West-Midlands, Coventry, Warwickshire, Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Victorian Playtime basket
Victorian-style School Desk with our class set of slate boards.
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 lessons.
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.
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
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.
Additionally, 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 costs 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 days can be booked up to one hour's drive from
our base. Reduced full days, half days and bookings where both
Specialists are required can take place in schools up to forty minutes
drive from our base.
Full Day - (One Specialist, 9am-3pm)
The full day rate is £250.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Reduced Full Day - (One Specialist, 10am-3pm)
The reduced full day rate is £210.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Full Day - Double Rate (Two Specialists)
The full day rate for two Specialists is £300.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (£1 per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Half days can incorporate some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £150.00 from Autumn 2016 (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Confirmation of booking is taken as a contract between the school and The Specialists and acceptance of our T & C's.