9 April—21 December 2018

Georgian Bristol: life in the past

History comes alive in this fascinating Georgian Bristol learning session. Join the household of the Pinney family at their Georgian townhouse to discover how life has changed over time.

The Georgian House was built in the late 18th century for John Pinney, a wealthy Bristol plantation owner and sugar merchant and is furnished and displayed to reflect this period. Meet the Housekeeper for a role-play session about family life in the past.Georgian Bristol - Georgian House Museum, Bristol

Your class will discover what life was like upstairs and downstairs in the family home of John Pinney. Below the stairs, children will join the hard-working staff keeping everything running smoothly in the kitchen, while upstairs they will find out about significant individuals with connections to this historic property, including Hannah More, William Wordsworth, Samuel and Dorothy Wordsworth and Robert Southey.

Pupils will:

  • explore Georgian Bristol and how life has changed over time
  • dress in replica costume to represent people of the period
  • role-play life ‘below stairs’ with a costumed interpreter
  • investigate eighteenth century family life
  • discover ‘significant individuals’ that visited the house in Georgian times
  • take part in a self-guided tour of the house using themed activity boxes

Suitable for: Year 1–4
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils

This workshop is bookable on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9 April — 21 December 2018.  We have two sessions available at 11am-12.30pm and 12.45pm-2.15pm.  Further sessions may also be available on request, so please ask.

Please note, we are able to accommodate a maximum of one class in The Georgian House Museum at any one time. Our sister museums Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and The Red Lodge Museum are just a few minutes walk away, should you wish to discover more than one site.

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? Just around the corner, off Great George Street, is Brandon Hill  – the perfect picnic spot with views across the city.

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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.