On Thursday 20th November, Class 4 had a fantastic day out at Audley End House. We dressed up as Victorian children, servants and some of us even came us suffragettes! When we arrived, we took part in two Victorian workshops. We discovered what life would have been like for Victorian servants working at Audley End. We tried out some of the chores, including cleaning carpets, polishing silverware, and laying the table for the lords and ladies.
We then visited the different rooms where the servants would have worked including the kitchen, the dairy, and the laundry room where we had to work as a team to fold sheets as neatly as possible. We couldn’t believe that most servants would receive no more than 5 shillings a year!
After lunch, some of us completed a tree trail around the grounds and found some beautiful trees. We especially liked the London Plane tree which was enormous, and we learnt that these trees shed their scaly bark and grow new ones just like a snake sheds its skin. Some of us visited the stables and learnt about the horses which are kept at Audley End and we also got to play some traditional Victorian games such as quoits. Finally, we visited the inside of the house and located different artefacts. We particularly enjoyed visiting the coal gallery and playing in the nursery!