Imagine, Investigate, Invent!

Join the education team as we explore the different inventions you might have found in Victorian homes, just like that of Charles Dickens. As we travel through the rooms of his house, we will imagine just what life was like in the 1830s and how keen people were to come up with labour-saving devices to make their lives easier. We will have a chance to examine some of the adverts for patented designs which featured in Dickens’ own publications, and get creative coming up with some new-fangled devices for our 21st century lives today! 

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Curriculum Links:
KS2: History
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (Victorian Britain)
  • a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.

Onsite – 2 hours. All workshops are integrated into interactive guided tours of the historic house.

Class of up to 30 students, Off-peak £250 (Jan-Oct), Peak £295 (Nov-Dec). Please enquire for smaller groups.  


Booking forms and enquiries should be sent to:
Download onsite education visit booking form
Download onsite education visit terms and conditions
Download onsite education visit visual story for schools

We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per booking slot. We have the capacity to run two half day sessions onsite each day from 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Please note that for the safety of your group we require a minimum adult-to-student ratio of 1:10 for each onsite booking. 

Please be advised that full payment is required in order to confirm your booking.
Amendments and cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to your visit, after which no refund will be available.

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