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Teachers' Notes

Resource created by Calderdale Museums and Galleries

This resource focuses on the role of the Victorian Servant at Shibden Hall, Halifax, and can also be used as a general resource looking at the role of servants in the Victorian period.

Curriculum Links

  • KS3 History: Society, economy and culture.

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 Resources page ). 

The resource can be used by teachers to support a visit to Shibden Hall, or as an introduction to exploring the life of the Victorian servant in the classroom. 

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