Travel back in time and meet Sara Louise Elmslie (Syrie), wife of Dr Thomas Barnardo, who founded the first ‘Ragged School’ in London.

During this workshop, the children will:

  • Experience Victorian schooling
  • Through improvisation and role play, explore life and work by the Thames river including ‘Mudlarking’
  • Visit a workhouse run by the intimidating ‘Mr Bumble’
  • Look at Crime and Punishment, in particular relating to children during Victorian Times
  • Learn a song from the popular Music Hall
  • Discover how Victorian England was transformed through innovation and The Industrial Revolution and take part in ‘The Great Exhibition of 1851’ with special guest Queen Victoria herself!

What people are saying about this workshop:

“I just wanted to email and say thank you so much for our Victorian workshop today!! Please feed this back to the actor as she was incredible! She had some challenging classes today with SEN needs etc, but was amazing at keeping every single child engaged! The children loved it and I am sure it will be an experience to remember!!”

Katie - Year 6 Teacher, Danetree Primary School

“We really enjoyed the Victorian workshop, especially the dramatic elements which REALLY engaged the children and helped reinforce the learning from lessons. We enjoyed how fun it was and how it really did help History come alive!”

Martin - Teacher, Edward Peake Middle School

Engagement in a very professional way with high quality drama, linked to lots of relevant curriculum from Victorian era. Excellent manner and delivery from Jenna. The children really enjoyed the drama, content, music, dance, movement. Pace was delivery was excellent also. Feb,2024

Nicole Dobson, Head teacher, Bolton-on-Swale St Mary's CE Primary School

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