6 September—8 December 2021

Workshop: Wordy Dot Wordsworth and the hunt for the missing towel

English poet William Wordsworth once stayed with the Pinneys in Bristol. After his visit a household towel was discovered missing!

This fun and informative school workshop explores different aspects of Georgian life through a number of English-focused activities.

Join William’s sister Dot and the housekeeper Mrs Flannel in the search for the missing towel. Will you solve the case?

Children will:

• Work in 2 groups and take part in English and Drama activities both above and below stairs
• Explore the basement kitchen to discover Georgian tastes in food (nonsense poems using adjectives, verbs and nouns)
• Visit the Dining Room to discover the rules of a Georgian society ball – will you master the art of ‘Fanology?’ (speaking and listening, drama)
• Create a wordy ‘cabinet of curiosities’ in the Library (questioning and opinion)
• Take part in an 18th century fashion show and describe Georgian style (drama, similes and metaphor)

Suitable for: Year 4-6
Duration: 90 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

Session availability:

This workshop is bookable on Mondays and Tuesdays between April and December. We have two sessions available at 11am-12.30pm and 12.30pm-2pm.

Please note we are only able to accommodate one class of up to 35 children in The Georgian House Museum at any one time.

Picnic: Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? Enjoy it at Brandon Hill off Great George Street.

Teacher feedback:

“I loved the ‘cupboard of curiosities’ idea which I have used already in my English lesson and was a success! Thank you!”
KS2 teacher

Images © Barbara Evripidou

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Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

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