The name given to the tight trousers worn by some Regency gentlemen, such as the notorious Beau Brummell and his ‘dandy’ followers, as they showed off their leg muscles.
Here are a few notes and suggestions which will help you get the most from your session with us.
Please do leave yourself enough time. Although the sessions last for 2.5 hours, we do not kick you out! Most groups take time after their session to have lunch and look around the shop. We are also happy for you to spend time with your students looking around, taking notes etc afterwards. We do not recommend that children take notes during the sessions, as we work them very hard and they rarely have their hands free!
There is plenty of space for you to each lunch, usually in the Courtroom public gallery. We will provide a bag for rubbish. Some groups like to bring only things that the Victorians would have had in their packed lunches.
The shop sells a selection of small items suitable for children, including slates and pencils, replica Victorian toys, colouring cards and books ranging from 10p to £10.
There are three toilets on site (2 Victorian and 1 modern) and children will be asked before and after the session if they wish to use them.
We do warn that children might get a bit wet and/or grubby whilst performing their tasks. We will provide everyone with suitable maid’s and butler’s aprons which usually deflect the worst! It can often prove all the more fulfilling for the children if you consider making the visit ‘dressed up’. If you would like some ideas on easy and suitable clothes your pupils could wear, do not hesitate to contact us.
Just in case we are ill!
On ‘Life Below Stairs’ sessions you will usually meet at least two servants. However, illness, freak weather conditions etc may mean that one of us cannot be with you. In this event, the other staff will take over the tasks of those not here, ie. we will not cut out any of the activities. Likewise, please do let us know if you are having trouble getting to us – we understand that weather may sometimes stop a trip altogether or make it difficult to get through – if we do not know you are having problems, we sit around in costume talking to ourselves and feeling rather silly.