Victorian Day at Burghley House

We visited Burghley House for a Victorian servant experience, organised by a local HE group. We had the most fantastic day. We arrived early, the girls had made an effort to dress up but were a bit worried that they were the only ones, then the Beans arrived and SB and BB were dressed up too, as were a few others so all was fine and they did look fab 🙂

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We were greeted by Alwyn who gave a short talk and slide show introducing the different servants that would have helped run the Burghley Estate, giving examples of what their wages would have been, what their role was and showed job ads which was all rather interesting. We were split into groups, our group were shown around the House which was beautiful. Unfortunately no photos were allowed to be taken inside the house 😦 The kitchen was particularly fab as was the artwork – could have done with lying on the floor to view as there was a great deal of artwork on the ceilings and I was feeling a little queasy walking around with my head tilted back! We spent a while being told about various house hold items that would have been used in the Victorian era and the children had a chance to pick up and have a good look at items such as a pencil sharpener, bed warmer and an iron. [H and I agreed T41 would have definitely had to find some ‘space’ as some of the session was a bit teachery :)]

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After our picnic lunch we went to the sculpture making session. Rob, who is responsible for creating many of the fantastic exhibits in the sculpture Gardens, did a quick demonstration and then it was over to us to create our own wire sculpture. It was quite tricky to get started but once you did it was great, although we could have done with an extra 30 minutes or so to finish off! Poppy made a fabulous flower, Skye and I opted for a Christmas theme Skye making a gorgeous snowman and I started but didn’t manage to finish a Christmas tree.

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Our final session was Servants chores, the girls polished saddles and shoes, wrote letters, grated carrots, made butter, weighed things, peeled carrots and polished copper with lemon juice and elbow grease 🙂

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We were all thoroughly exhausted and it was lovely to get home to a nice cup of tea 🙂

Finished the day with some Mathletics and a snuggle up on the sofa 🙂


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HelenHaricot
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 18:58:38

    it was a fab day wasn’t it 🙂


  2. Michelle
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 12:37:38

    i am indeed much better not being a part of group tours like this. I see my role as one who deposits interested child and retires to on site cafe until she returns. Much easier on everybody else that way!


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