Discovering more about history with Live & Learn

January 2013

Trying on the Victorian gent's nightshirt

Thanks to Newcastle's Discovery Museum, members of our Live and Learn course for adults with disabilities have been given a glimpse of Victorian home life.

They already had “hands-on” experience of Roman times when the museum loaned the Centre Roman artefacts and replicas last November. Activity Centre manager, Jennifer Taylor, said, “The Roman day we arranged with the museum was a great hit with Live & Learn regulars and they were keen to have more history sessions. This time, museum staff brought a selection of genuine Victorian items we could discuss and even try out.”

Everyday items such as an iron, a stone hot water bottle, a chamber pot and a traditional “clippy mat”, made from scraps of fabric, helped to show what ordinary homes were like over a century ago; while a letter and a photo album gave a glimpse of Victorian family life. A gent's nightshirt seemed to be most popular though, with everyone wanting to try it on.

Jennifer has already made arrangements with the museum for the Centre's the next history session at the end of this month. Next time members will get a taste of life in medieval times.

Our Live and Learn skills and activity sessions for adults with disabilities are held on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a special cookery session on Wednesdays. You can find out more on our Live& Learn page or by contacting the Centre on 0191 267 8118.