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Heritage Education are turning back the clock to ‘Christmas Past’ by inviting schools to come and experience a very Victorian Christmas at St John’s Museum. The team give their usual Victorian school visit a very special festive twist.
A nineteenth-century cook takes up residence in the kitchen and invites children to help her to make a Christmas pudding. With no electrical labour-saving devices, children have to grind up spices, weigh the ingredients and put in plenty of elbow grease to mix the pudding together! Children then get to take a pudding back to school to cook and taste.
School visitors also experience a very different kind of lesson in St John’s Museum’s real Victorian classroom. The Victorian school teacher makes sure all the children know the difference between shillings and pence and the class dress in Victorian costume, write on slates and read aloud from Charles Dicken’s The Christmas Carol. There is also the chance to ‘cheer up Mr Scrooge’ in the last session, where the children make traditional Christmas cards and cornucopias to round off their day of historical festive fun.
Before leaving, all school groups gather back in the museum hallway around the Christmas tree to sing some traditional carols. The day gives children a real chance to experience life as a Victorian child at Christmas, and contrast this to their Christmas ‘present’.
Cost £8 per child, minimum charge £145. Book by calling 01926 412069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org