The Victorian Servant

Teachers' notes

This resource focuses on the role of the Victorian Servant at Shibden Hall, Halifax.  It has been created and researched by the Social History Curator and Museums Education Officer using original documentation and artefacts.


Shibden Hall offers schools the opportunity to visit and experience life as a Victorian servant in two interactive workshops, Dollies and Dusters and Upstairs Downstairs. The resource can be used by teachers to support a visit or as an introduction to exploring the life of the Victorian servant in the classroom.


Curriculum Links:

Supports the teaching of National Curriculum KS1 and KS2 History:

  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Historical enquiry  

It also focuses on the following unit:-

QCA Unit 2: What were homes like a long time ago?  

and will support:

QCA Unit 11: What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?

if used in conjunction with a workshop at Shibden Hall.


Learning Objectives:

  • By using this resource younger pupils will understand the range of household duties carried out by Victorian Servants and how household chores and the equipment used differ from those today.
  • In addition older pupils will have learnt how a document such as a census can help us research and make links to the past. (Census returns of 1871, 1881 and 1891 can be downloaded from the Downloads page ).


A video on My Yorkshire about the life of a servant at Lotherton Hall  shows how little had changed 30 years later.

Document icon Learning article provided by: Shibden Hall | 

Comment on this page

  • Posted by deanna on 18/10/2011

    thankyou for your effet in victorian children

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