Victorian Whitehaven

Session Duration: 1 hour and 30 mins

Go back in time and explore the 19th Century Industrial Whitehaven. Learn what life was like for the working class and find out how they survived without electricity or sanitation. Compare the difference between the poor and the rich.

Interactive learning

See a replica factory worker’s living area. Can you imagine what their lives were like?
Hear how the children were put to work and discover the conditions they lived in.
Touch real Victorian objects and find out how we learn from them.
Discuss the lives of the rich and poor. Which would you rather be?
Smell the dirt and coal dust of the houses and streets with no sanitation.


Session led by Museum Learning Officer

  • Objects include artefacts from the Copeland area
  • Objects include real mining and social history artefacts – lamps, bait box, hair crimper, stoneware bottle, dress clip, finger stocks and posture board.

New Curriculum links – History

Key Stage 1

  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key Stage 2

  • A local history study.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 3

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745 – 1901.
  • A local history study.

Other Cirriculum links

  • Geography, Citizenship, Literacy, Numeracy, Art and Design.

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