Our Year 5s took a step back in time for their Victorian Day at Beaulieu earlier this week. On arrival they were really excited to be met by an old double-decker bus and driven in glorious sunshine to the front of Palace House.

Dressed as Victorian school children, they lined up in separate lines for girls and boys and were greeted by the rather stern governess, Miss Clark. Miss Clark proceeded to check the children’s posture, dress and cleanliness. Bitter aloes was recommended for the nail biters; wooden back-boards or holly under the chin to improve deportment! The children had a wonderful tour of Palace House, decked out in all its Christmas finery, finding out about the role of working children: housemaid or kitchen maid for the girls; footman or chauffeur’s assistant for the boys.

In the afternoon the children visited the Motor Museum for an informative tour of early Victorian motoring and two pupils were chosen to dress up in Victorian driving costumes. All the children looked fabulous in their Victorian outfits and parents will be pleased to know that they were all offered employment as servants at Palace House and can begin their jobs after Christmas! 

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