Upstairs downstairs role play gives Brancaster pupils a glimpse of Victorian life on Holkham House visit

11:11 22 June 2012

Brancaster primary school pupils visited Holkham Hall

Brancaster primary school pupils visited Holkham Hall


A top hat, tiara and feather duster helped give pupils a glimpse into the workings of an aristocratic Victorian household when they visited Holkham House.

Fifteen children aged from six to 11 from Brancaster primary school played roles from the Earl and Countess of Leicester to groundsmen and maids on Wednesday June 13.

The children each chose a prop from a selection of items including a shaving brush, top hat, tiara and feather duster, and Viscountess Coke gave a tour of the hall with the children playing the role of the person who would have used that item.

In the dining room those playing the earl and countess put on their top hat and tiara for dinner and were served by the footman, butler and lady’s maid.

Other scenes featured the valet shaving the earl and the lady’s maid attending to the countess in the bathroom of the Parrot Bedroom.

Sarah Bocking, head teacher at Brancaster primary school, said: “We named the school houses after the three big local estates and were thrilled when Viscountess Coke agreed to come and talk to us about Holkham so the children in Holkham House could understand about their house and feel part of it.

“Since then, Viscountess Coke has been wonderfully supportive towards us. She kindly organised this visit, choosing activities that ensured the children really learnt from their experience.”


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