Last week Elmbridge Museum ran workshops at Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School to support their Victorian Week.
Elmbridge Museum’s Learning Officer worked alongside the history co-ordinator at the school to develop 3 bespoke workshops.
Nursery children enjoyed taking part in a Victorian laundry role play activity, where they smelt carbolic soap, lifted the posser in the wash tub and scrubbed clothes clean using the washboard.
Reception children discovered how Victorian children and their families dressed by trying on Victorian costumes. Playing with replica Victorian toys the children learnt more about what childhood was like over 100 years ago. The children had a fantastic time making their own peg dolls to play with.
Year 1 and Year 2 children handled Victorian artefacts used for cooking and cleaning. The Victorian laundry role play proved to be an engaging part of the workshop. All of the children were excited to use the carpet beater to clean the rug! These experiences gave the children the chance to learn how cooking, cleaning and washing was done in the past and how it is different to today.
The full range of our Victorian workshops are listed on our learning page.
If you are interested in how Elmbridge Museum can support a Victorian week at your school please contact Victoria Rookyard-Wheatley, Learning Officer on 01372 474586 or email us.