Welcome to our guide to the Victorians, where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:
MAKE YOUR OWN VICTORIAN TOY THEATRE
Discover how miniature toy theatres became popular during the Victorian era, then download our printable templates and follow our instructions to make your own. We’ve got everything you need to put on your own Christmas play set at Osborne, Queen Victoria’s former home on the Isle of Wight.Use our step-by-step guide
INTERVIEW WITH MRS CROCOMBE
We sent young English Heritage Members Ollie and Jack to Audley End House and Gardens to meet Mrs Avis Crocombe, who was the cook at the house in the 1880s.
Find out about life in the kitchen at Audley End, how many people Mrs Crocombe had to help her prepare the meals, and just how the food made it from the kitchen to the dining room. She also shares the secrets to preparing a delicious custard pudding!Watch the video
Who was Charles Darwin?
Who was Charles Darwin? | History in a Nutshell
You know the name, but who exactly was Charles Darwin? Join us on a whistle-stop tour of Darwin’s life and legacy, from his epic voyage across the globe to the home-grown experiments in his back garden at Down House.
HISTORY AT HOME LIVE! – CHARLES DARWIN AND DOWN HOUSE
Watch TV's Ben Shires and expert guest Antony O'Rourke in this video history lesson. Learn about Charles Darwin and his home of four decades, Down House, where he worked on many of his experiments and ground-breaking theories.
THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO THE VICTORIANS
Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about the Victorians, including the story of Queen Victoria’s holiday home on the Isle of Wight, the experiments famous biologist Charles Darwin did in his garden and what would have been included in a Victorian feast. Plus, we’ve also got a quiz to help you discover if you could have made it as an apprentice gardener.
This is the tenth in our series of Kids Rule! magazines following the history of England. Each issue is designed to help you discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories and games.Read The Magazine
Things to make and do: get creative with our Victorian themed activities
Colour your own Victorian city
Download the colouring sheet, and use pencils, pens or paints to bring this busy industrial scene to life in your own way!Download your colouring sheet
BAKE YOUR OWN DELICIOUS QUEEN DROP BISCUITS
Bake some queen drop biscuits, using instructions from a handwritten recipe in Mrs Crocombe’s very own book. Download the recipe, and ask an adult to help you to make the biscuits.
DESIGN A BIRTHDAY CARD FOR QUEEN VICTORIA
Discover how Queen Victoria liked to celebrate her birthday as well as the history of birthday cards, then use this as inspiration to design a card fit for a queen!
QUEEN VICTORIA AND PRINCE ALBERT DRESS-UP KIT
Download a Queen Victoria mask and sceptre, and a Prince Albert mask and moustache. Follow the instructions to create your props then strike a royal pose!
More things to make and do
Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions!
VICTORIAN TOWN POSTER: MAKE YOUR MEGA TIMELINE
We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in Victorian England.
Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!Download your poster