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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

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

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

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