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Updated 30 July. Following government guidance, the castle and gardens at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. Please read our visit information.

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: The World Around Us, Numeracy, Language & Literacy | Topic: Victorians | Session Type: Route-based

The Hills require new staff; please apply within. Have you got what it takes to be a servant in the home of one of the richest landowners in Ireland?

Students will meet a costumed presenter portraying a member of staff employed at Hillsborough Castle. As they explore the State Rooms and try some short drama activities, students will uncover the different roles of servants, and the hierarchy between them. 

Students will use replica artefacts to undertake a few short tasks to see if they are up to the job!

Learning objectives

Children will:

• Learn that Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is a home and requires many servants to ensure it runs smoothly.
• Learn that being a servant in a 'big house' was a desirable job.
• Learn about the different roles of servants in Victorian times.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

• Finding out about a famous person/family in the past.
• Exploring distinctive features of life in the past i.e. the life of servants in the 'big house'.
• Comparison between life now and in the past.

Booking information

2019-2020 Academic Year

Monday to Wednesday
10.30, 11:45

60 minutes

Up to 32 children


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