Washday blues

Session Duration: 1 hour

Washday Blues is a hands-on activity session taking children back to the harsh realities of daily life in the Victorian times. Using real artefacts and costumes, the session will bring to life the difference of living 100 years ago.

Interactive learning

See the mystery objects and discover how they were used.
Hear about how washing the clothes in Victorian times would take a whole day – at least!
Touch original artefacts from Victorian washdays. Go through the steps of a Victorian washday – for real.
Discuss the differences of home life then and now. Would you like to have lived during the Victorian times?
Smell carbolic soap. Yuck


Session led by Museum Learning Officer

  • Objects include dolly tub, dolly peg, posser, washboard, mangle, flat iron
  • Replica objects include costume, carbolic soap, historic pegs, and clothes tongs
  • Activity sheets available – Object investigation, Washday storyboard

New Curriculum links – History

Key Stage 1

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

Key Stage 2

  • A local history study.
  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Key Stage 3

  • A local history study.

Other Cirriculum links

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

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