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Victorian Day at Burghley House

We had a great day at Burghley House finding out about what life was like for Victorian children. The children all looked amazing , thank you to all the parents for all the effort with the costumes!


We started with a visit to the huge kitchen and found out about some of the jobs children had to do, turning the spit, washing up and just how heavy were those copper pans!

Then it was time to have a go. We had to polish shoes, fold sheets, lay tables and use the balance scales. There were mystery objects to explore and we even made our own butter by shaking cream. It tasted good!


After lunch it was off to the Great Hall to play parlour games. Queen Victoria once ate dinner in the very room we were playing in! We had a treasure hunt, a guessing game with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and a tricky game called pass the nut. Everyone loved the toy theatre, we have been inspired to make our own puppets back at school. Finally we made thaumatropes and our very own scrapbooks.


A big thank you to the team at Burghley and to the parents who came to help (fantastic costumes ladies!) and of course to our minibus drivers.

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