Victorian Bygones

1 hour, onsite, all Key Stages

Photo of white ceramic mug bearing design of a crown and the initials RVI
Mug commemorating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897 (not used in session)

Turn history detective with our Victorian household objects and find out how travel, trade and technology affected life at home during Queen Victoria’s reign.

This session makes an excellent complement to a visit to Preston Manor.

What happens in the session?

Children will handle real Victorian artefacts and think about what life was like for Victorian children and adults.

• Please let us know of any SEN/D needs of your class before your visit.

• Please ensure suitable adult supervision.

Aims of the session

1. To use primary sources such as objects, artefacts, and ephemera relating to everyday Victorian life, to make discoveries about the past

2. To make links with people in the past by studying genuine Victorian objects

3. To find out about the range of materials used in Victorian times

4. To learn how the Victorians developed unique and imaginative ways to solve particular problems and discover how some of them are still used today

5. To explore the wider historical context of local Victorian life through understanding travel, trade and technology

6. To develop an awareness of the similarities and differences between Victorian and modern life

Curriculum Links


KS1/2/3: to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses; to understand the methods of historical enquiry; a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

More information

This session works well as a complement to Situations Vacant at Preston Manor and Meet the Booths at the Booth Museum of Natural History.