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For schools

Summer exhibition: Duty Done

An exhibition celebrating the end of the Great War and the Peace that followed.

Opening on the 9 June and running till 2 September 2018 the exhibition will offer schools an excellent introduction to this topic with wide scope for cross-curricular links.

Bespoke education and handling sessions can be offered to schools  to accompany this exhibition. If you think this topic might be of interest to your school please contact the Education Officer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Autumn exhibition: Magic in the Nursery

Opening on 9 September and running till 4 December this exhibition will examine the experience of late Victorian and Edwardian childhood through the illustrations of Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway and Randolf Caldicot as well as objects from our collection. 

Combined with a visit to Sewerby Hall and the potential for playing with our collection of handling toys in the nursery, this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to study childhood in the past and to reflect on the same today. 

Bespoke education and handling sessions can be offered to schools  accompany this topic. If you think this topic might be of interest to your school please contact the Education Officer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.  

Self led visits

We have excellent facilities for self led visits, there are teaching rooms that can be booked for use, and marquees by the Cafe or Orangery that, if available, may be booked for use at lunchtime. To assist with a visit we have produced two teacher’s guides which can be downloaded using the links below, one to the Hall and one relating to the Amy Johnson collection. These guides contain activity ideas and resources for use by visiting schools as well as suggestions for extension activities back in the classroom.

Sewerby Hall Teacher's Guide (pdf 14Mb opens in new window)

Amy Johnson Teacher's Guide (pdf 2.5Mb opens in new window)

We can also offer more structured workshops focusing on specific aspects of Sewerby Hall.

Workshops

Upstairs Downstairs, life in an Edwardian Country House

In this workshop pupils will be able to experience life in a country house in the late Victorian and Edwardian period. “Below stairs” under the guidance of the Butler or the Housekeeper, pupils will be introduced to the rules, regulations and tasks that governed the servants and made up the course of their day. Working in groups they will have the chance to participate in tasks such as polishing the brass and sliver, dusting the ornaments, and so on. In addition they will help to prepare bread in the Edwardian kitchen and see it being baked on the coal fired range.

Pupils will also get the opportunity to explore the Lloyd Greame’s family rooms at the Hall and be invited to compare and contrast the lifestyles of the servants to that of their wealthy and powerful employers and to draw their own conclusions about the relationships that existed between upstairs and downstairs.

Teacher's notes: Upstairs Downstairs, life in an Edwardian country house (pdf 15MB opens in new window)

Workshop cost is £100 plus admission costs. Up to eight adults can enter free with groups booked onto workshops.

Christmas with the Lloyd Greames

In this workshop children will take on the roles of Servants and help prepare Sewerby Hall for Christmas. The children will make Victorian style decoupage Christmas cards, and edible tree decorations, which they will be able to take home. They will learn about the origins of some of our Christmas traditions and have the opportunity to play some Victorian parlour games. Finally the children will be treated to an appropriate Christmas Story by one of the Senior Servants, or even by Mr or Mrs Lloyd-Greame themselves.

For more information about this workshop please contact the Education Officer at Sewerby Hall using the Contact Us details.

Workshop cost is £100 plus admission costs. Up to eight adults can enter free with groups booked onto workshops.

Prehistory Workshop

We also offer a prehistory workshop based on Sewerby's archaeological collection and the important prehistoric sites of Star Carr and Rudston.

Using a mix of replica and real prehistoric tools from our handling collection children are able to explore different aspects of prehistoric life and investigate continuity and change between the Middle Stone Age and the Bronze Age. 

The workshop is aimed at KS2 but could be adapted for any age group.

Archaeology Workshop

In this workshop children become archaeologists for the day. Using different techniques and information they investigate a prehistoric burial to reveal what life was like when the person was alive during the Stone Age.

The workshop is aimed at KS2 but could be adapted for any age group.

Shelter Building and Object Handling Session

In this activity children will learn about prehistoric housing and get an opportunity to build a "prehistoric shelter" in the woods, as well as a chance to investigate the changes in technology between the Stone Age and the Iron Age using our handling collection.

The workshop is aimed at KS2 but could be adapted for any age group.

Other Workshops

If you have any other specific requirements for workshops, please feel free to contact the Education Officer at Sewerby Hall using the Contact Us details to outline the needs of your school group. We will do what we can to facilitate your visit.

Other resources

Visit the learning for schools page to find out more about the ways in which the East Riding museums support learning.

CPD for teachers

The Museums Service at both Sewerby Hall and the Treasure House can offer a range of CPD and Inset Sessions to accompany the new National Curriculum. Visit the CPD for teachers Learning page for more information.

For Adults

We run a regular series of lunchtime lectures through the winter from November to February. Please see our events page for more information.

We can also offer speakers for talks and lectures to groups and organisations. Topics include:

  • The story of the restoration of Sewerby Hall,

  • The History of Sewerby Hall

  • Soldier Servants in the First World War

  • What the Butler Saw (the private lives of servants)

  • Ghosts of Christmas Past (how the Victorians invented Christmas)

Cost for a lecture is currently £30 unless advised otherwise.

For children and families

More information on the learning resources for children and families, including colouring sheets, can be found by following this link to Children and families.

Duty Done
Duty Done
Magic in the Nursery
Magic in the Nursery
Cooking in the Victorian kitchen
Cooking in the Victorian kitchen
Schools role play
Role play in the servants' quarters
Upstairs Downstairs workshop
Upstairs Downstairs workshop
Christmas workshop
Christmas workshop
Archaeology workshop
Archaeology workshop