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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

Mary Ann Cotton Sunderland's Angel of Death

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Come along and enjoy an atmospheric night of insight and intrigue into the dastardly deeds of the most notorious female mass murderer Mary Ann Cotton, Sunderland's angel of death. Listen to the sad tale of her life and time

Friday 23 February 2018

Beer Street and Gin Lane

1.00pm Historian Stuart Miller will expound William Hogarth's Beer Street and Gin Lane illustrations of 1751, depicting negligence, poverty and dea

Monday 26 February 2018

International Women's Day Reflections and Light. 1.30pm

International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women across the world. Often the most influential women in our lives are those nearest to us. Come along and share the impact made by women on your life and create a remembrance tea light

Thursday 08 March 2018

Amy Robsart's little trip

On the 8 September 1560 Amy Robsart the first wife of Robert Dudley was found dead at the foot of a staircase with a broken neck. Did she fall by accident or suicide or was she pushed?By Stuart Miller

Monday 30 April 2018

A trip down The River Wear from Wear Head to Roker Pier

By George Nairn

Monday 21 May 2018

OPEN DAY: Sunderland History Fair

Saturday 2nd June 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunderland Heritage Forum's History Fair, which brings together all aspects of local and regional heritage at The Quayside Exchange this year. The Donnison will be open for refreshments and a tour around our Geo

Saturday 02 June 2018

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