Welcome to our guide to the Victorians, where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:
- Find out what's on the menu at Audley End
- Meet the butler at Brodsworth Hall
- Experiment like Charles Darwin
- Get creative with our Victorian things to make and do
- Discover Queen Victoria's Story
- Quiz: Could you make it as a Victorian apprentice gardener?
- Read Kids Rule! magazine
- Download a Victorian poster - or colour your own!
What's for dinner in a Victorian country house?
Lord and Lady Braybrooke are holding a grand dinner party at Audley End. Dinners could be fancy affairs, with as many as 15 to 20 guests enjoying several courses, each served with wine from the house cellar.
Find out what's on the menu and download a poster to colour in your own kitchen scene. Then try cooking one of Mrs Crocombe's recipes for yourself!Join Mrs Crocombe in the kitchen
Featured: Homes Through History | Episode 7: Meet the Butler at Brodsworth Hall
Join young English Heritage Members as they meet Mr Chuck, the butler at Brodsworth Hall.
Accompany Mr Chuck as he guides you around this beautiful Victorian building in South Yorkshire. Learn more about what a butler is and what their work involves. Find out who owns the house, who designed it and what life is like for Mr Chuck at Brodsworth Hall.
A Day in the Life Episode 10: Victorians
Watch this video to discover a day in the life of Edward Mashiter, a 12-year-old apprentice at Stott Park Bobbin Mill in Cumbria in 1865.
Meet Victorian Cook Mrs Crocombe
Head to the kitchens at Audley End to meet cook Mrs Crocombe, and discover how the food made it from the kitchen up to the Braybrookes in the dining room.
A Day in the Life Episode 11: Kings and Queens
Meet eight-year-old Prince Bertie, the eldest son of Queen Victoria. It's June 1850 and the royal family are staying at Osborne on the Isle of Wight.
Who was Charles Darwin? Explore the life of this famous Victorian scientist - his family home at Down House, his experiments and a very famous book! Plus, find out how you can have a go at conducting your own experiments at home, inspired by Darwin.Discover Darwin
Things to make and do: get creative with our Victorian themed activities
BAKE some QUEEN DROP BISCUITS
Bake some queen drop biscuits, using instructions from a handwritten recipe in Mrs Crocombe’s very own book. Download the recipe, and ask an adult to help you to make the biscuits.
DESIGN A CARD FOR QUEEN VICTORIA
Discover how Queen Victoria liked to celebrate her birthday as well as the history of birthday cards, then use this as inspiration to design a card fit for a queen!
Colour a Victorian poster
Download this sheet to colour your own version of our Victorian history timeline poster! Get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints to bring this scene to life.
More things to make and do
Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history – there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!
Queen Victoria's Story
How much do you know about Queen Victoria's life?
Explore some of the best bits from her story, from her strict childhood, to becoming queen, marrying her prince and ruling the British Empire...Discover Queen Victoria
THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO THE VICTORIANS
Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about the Victorians, including the story of Queen Victoria’s holiday home on the Isle of Wight, the experiments famous biologist Charles Darwin did in his garden and what would have been included in a Victorian feast. Plus, we’ve also got a quiz to help you discover if you could have made it as an apprentice gardener.
This is issue 10 in our series of Kids Rule! magazines following the history of England. Each issue is designed to help you discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories and games.Read The Magazine
Download a Victorian poster!
We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in a busy Victorian city. If you're feeling creative, why not download our blank sheets and colour your own posters using pencils, pens or paints.
Each of the historical posters follow on from each other, so that when you download them all you can create your own mega timeline of English history!Download your poster