House, home and washdays

House, home and washdays offers a unique opportunity to explore domestic life in a historic house dated between 1850 to 1950, through an interactive presentation and exploration of the Piermaster's House.

Workshops are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time at 10.15 and 11.30am.

Old fashioned equipment used to wash clothes

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: History, Personal, social, health and economic education
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • £90 including VAT per session
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Workshop details

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.