This session takes place at the Piermaster’s House, a five minute walk from the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
After a warm welcome, the education demonstrator leads on an exploration of household domestic technology within a wider social and cultural setting. Pupils are introduced to domestic life from Victorian times up to the mid 20th century. Starting with the origins of Kitty Wilkinson in the 19th century up to the Second World War, this workshop allows pupils to visit a real historic house and to participate in hands-on cleaninig activities.
The class are split into smaller groups and take part in domestic jobs in different parts of the house. Activities in the workshop include washing, ironing, cleaning and caring for furniture. They explore the differences between household chores 100 years ago and today. Using real and replica domestic equipment the children are individually invited to try their hand at jobs, which include making soap flakes, using tongs for clothes in the dolly tub, using a posser and dolly stick and washboard, beating the rag rugs clean, dusting and polishing.
The education demonstrator discusses the differences between doing our own house work today and compares that to a hundred years ago. While also touching on the paid jobs as domestic servants some people had in large houses.