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The Victorian School Room Experience

Children and adults alike can enjoy a unique  schoolroom experience as they step back in time and enjoy an educational school room re-enactment.

You can shiver at the discipline, write on slates, read from the blackboard, count on the abacus, and practice your drill, as well as play traditional games.

A session in the school room can be paired with related extension activities such as ;

“Visualising Life in Victorian England”,

“Developing  Victorain  Time Line” or  learn how to use “Old Photographs as Evidence”.

The extension activities can be customised to the requirements of particular year groups and in keeping with your locality.

Authentic costumes are provided for boys and girls.

For teaching resources please click here



A full days experience includes a morning of history based activities and an afternoon of re-enactment. 

Including the use of costumes and refreshments

A full day’s activity costs £200.00


Upcoming Events

The History of Rock Lodge 1870 -1970

By Bill Greenwell

Monday 25 June 2018

Tall Ships: Open Day 10.00am - 4.00pm

Open Day with Sunderland Shipbuilding Exhibition (includes original film footage.) and fresh homemade refreshments.

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Sunderland Keelboats and Keelmen: 11.30am

By Carol Elva Carlyon and Buffet Lunch £7.00 (Book your tickets now!)

Thursday 12 July 2018

Tall Ships Open - 10..0am -4.00pm

Open Day with Sunderland Shipbuilding Exhibition (includes original film footage) Fresh homemade refreshments

Friday 13 July 2018

The Golden Age of Tall Ships - 6.30pm

At Sea with Joseph Conrad: A Dramatic Interpretations with The Donnison Players. Wine and Cheese £10.00

Friday 13 July 2018

Open Day 10.00 - 4.00pm

Sing along with the Sunderland Intergenerational Singers and listen to some new and old sea shanties'. Enjoy a hearty welcome by volunteers in costume and enjoy food from The Captains Table!! Grog and Tucker includes fish finger sandwiches and ch

Saturday 14 July 2018

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