Poole Museum
Free Entry
Opening times:
From 1 November,
Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm

Closed: 24 December (pm only),
25 - 28 December and 1 January 2022.

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Victorian Life

This workshop is particularly suitable for pupils learning about the Victorians. The workshop takes place at Scaplen’s Court, making use of the Victorian Kitchen and school room.


For option 1 pupils take the role of workhouse inmates, mirroring the life story of a real historical character who lived at Scaplen's Court in the Victorian period.


For option 2 pupils attend Victorian school.


Option 1 and 2 are two hours long each, but can be booked together to create a full day (4 hour) workshop.


Learning Outcomes

  1. To learn about lives of the poor during the Victorian period through role-play

  2. To identify differences between life in different time periods (specifically the Victorian period and our own time period)



Arrival and introduction.


Option 1

Group activities: making pancakes, bread making, making scones, making soup, Victorian cleaning.

Tasting and discussion.


Option 2

School room session including singing, assembly, the 3 'R's.



Victorian school

Staff ratios

For option 1 the class will be divided into five groups, each group will do one of the activities. You should bring six adult helpers. Five adults will be needed to supervise the group activities and the class teacher should float between groups.



The workshop involves drama and role-play. We encourage pupils and adults to dress in Victorian style outfits. Your class will be playing the role of workhouse inmates so costumes should be rough and ready rather than fancy. It can get quite cold at Scaplen’s Court, so warm costumes should be worn in cool weather.



We are very happy for our staff to be photographed working with your pupils. Where consent is available we would be grateful for copies of digital photos we can use for promotion and publicity.


Health and safety

A risk assessment has been prepared to assist you in your risk assessment.



If your group has specific issues, such as special educational needs, learning or physical disabilities please raise these when booking so that we can tailor the session accordingly.



You will be invoiced for the workshop after our visit. Please advise us of any relevant order numbers if appropriate.


Further enquiries

For booking, further information or a discussion of your needs and the suitability of the workshop please contact our Learning Assistant on 01202 262628 or email us.

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