Elmbridge Museum worked with 300 children in order to immerse them into the life of a Victorian Servant with a focus on the local household of Ashley Park in Walton.
The children relished the opportunity to beat the carpets, churn the dolly and scrub laundry on the washboard with the aim of giving them an insight into the physical nature of Victorian housework. They also handled real Victorian objects and created drawings to record and describe them.
Lastly we explored how household gadgets have changed since the Victorians by playing a game to match Victorian domestic objects with their contemporary equivalent. The children enjoyed thinking about the differences between then and now.