Victorian Daily Life
Site: Thwaite Mills
This workshop is led by museums staff.
So what really does get clothes clean?
During this two-hour workshop, pupils will:
- develop language and speaking and listening skills associated to Victorian Britain, in particular family life and industrialisation
- gain knowledge, understanding and skills about rag rug making, its traditions and methods
- gain an insight into life before mechanisation through washing and cleaning, and empathise with the roles of the women of the household
- have fun!
During the workshop activities, the class will be split into three groups to rotate around the activities. The workshop can be differentiated for KS1 and KS2 pupils.
Pupils will have a go at washing clothes the Victorian way - with lots of hard scrubbing! They will develop their enquiry and questioning skills with the mystery washing objects, then use the posser, the dolly and the mangle to clean the Mill Manager's shirts in our Victorian Scullery.
The groups will investigate recycling by having a go at making rag rugs. Pupils will discuss why rag rugs were made, ideas of recycling and how houses were cleaned before electricity.
How would you cook and clean before gas supplies and electricity? Pupils will investigate the different jobs done in the kitchen, such as cleaning the range, the silver, and keeping the pots and pans spotless. This provides an opportunity to engage in verbally and visually in discussions about the differences between the kitchen in Victorian times and today.
Why not make a day of it? Extend your visit to a full day by having a mill tour in the afternoon.
For more details or to make a booking, please contact Thwaite Mills Museum on 0113 2762887.
History: 1. Chronological understanding; 2. Knowledge of people, places, events and changes; 4. Historical enquiry and gathering evidence; 10. Victorian Britain.
Literacy: En1 Speaking and Listening
Maximum numbers: Class of 30