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In 1887, the Prince and Princess of Wales honour Tatton with a visit. To help with the preparations, your children will be recruited as extra servants and given the names of those who actually worked at Tatton in the 19th century. Before getting down to work, new servants are given strict instructions by the butler or housekeeper regarding their behaviour and social status of the time. The servants’ will be involved in the day to day running of the mansion through a range of hands on activities. New servants are also taken around the mansion so they can see how much work there is to be done and what life was like living in a grand house.


Course details



Tatton Park Mansion


10.00am – 2.15pm


September – November and January - July

Age Recommendation:

Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2

Curriculum Links:

History, Design & Technology

Session Plan Produced:

17/05/2017, Laura Armitage (Learning & Visitor Services Manager)


Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand what life was like for people living in Victorian England

“Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge onto different contexts” - History

2. To compare and contrast life in Victorian England was different for rich and poor

“They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time” “Understand historical concepts…similarity, difference and significance…draw contrasts” - History

3. To understand the changes in social history that have occurred since Victorian times

“…changes in an aspect of social history…beyond 1066” - History

4. To understand the chronological placement and significance of the Victorian period in local, national and international history

“Pupils should develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives across the periods they study” - History


Group Size:

This programme can accommodate 12-48 children. If you have a larger group, we are happy to discuss a bespoke timetable with you. 


Children will have the opportunity to tour the Mansion and see the contrast between the beautiful state rooms and the stark servant's quarters. They will experience life as a Victorian servant through a number of hands on activities selected from the following range: baking scones, scrubbing, polishing, laying tables and making beds. The children's aim is to impress the Butler/Housekeeper in hope that they will be given a job to work as part of the servant team at Tatton Park, serving the home of the Egerton family.

Children may wish to come dressed up for the experience - download our costume sheet (PDF, 486KB) for some ideas!


Make an enquiry using our Schools Enquiry form or contact us to discuss your requirements at tattoneducation@cheshireeast.gov.uk / 01625 374428.

Risk Assessment:

Information about risk assessments and our health and safety procedures for this workshop.


‘Thank you for a wonderful visit and such a good educational experience. The children learnt so much and had such a memorable time.’ (Saviour CE Primary)

‘The children really enjoyed the day and it was well organised, so that it wasn’t stressful for us teachers!’ (Liverpool Pre-Prep School)