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This workshop investigates the life of a child in Victorian Coventry. Led by a facilitator your group will learn about why the Guildhall opened as a soup kitchen in 1861 and how destitution affected the children of Coventry. Students will explore food and Victorian inventions in the medieval kitchen, investigate the wool industry, experience life as a working Victorian child by having a go at weaving, carding and wool winding, investigate Victorian toys and make their own peg doll.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS2

Ages: 7-11

Subjects: History

Topics: Local History, Storytelling, Team Building, Toys Throughout the Years, Victorians

Type: At Venue

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: Tickets just £5 per student

Dates: Ongoing

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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About St Mary’s Guildhall.

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St Mary’s Guildhall is one of the finest Guildhall’s in the country, a rare survivor of the English Civil War and the Blitz. With its rich history of partying, power and propaganda, the Guildhall has acted as the centre of power in England during the War of the Roses, housed the crowns jewels, been the
prison of Mary Queen of Scots and hosted famous literary figures such as George Eliot. It is home to the newly unveiled medieval kitchen and the famous Coventry Tapestry.

St Mary’s Guildhall offers a variety of primary age focused workshops, designed to inspire historical enquiry, ignite imaginations and engage learners. The Guildhall is based in the heart of Coventry’s medieval quarter, next to the Cathedral ruins and is an ideal place to learn out history.

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