Nannies and nursemaids

A history of mother’s help through the ages

A history of mother’s help through the ages


Start date: 22 March 2020


Ticketing information

Full price: £15

Concessions: £13

Historic Royal Palaces members: £13

Ticket price includes gardens ticket and light refreshments.


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Celebrate Mother's Day and explore the history of childcare at Hillsborough Castle

Join our assistant curator Emma Lawthers this Mother’s Day for a glimpse in to the history of child rearing in the Big House in days gone by.

With a focus on the Victorian era and using stories from Hillsborough Castle and the Royal Family, discover all about the myriad roles involved in raising children. At a time of high infant mortality, it was not only the job of the upper-class mother to give her child the best start in life!

Find out about the Duchess of Leinster’s brood of 22 children, Queen Victoria’s unequivocal views on breastfeeding, bitter rivalries between nannies and governesses and downright dangerous medical advice.

The event takes place in the Clore Learning Centre.

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Discover our Wonder Weekends for families this winter! Enjoy birdwatching, creative workshops, storytelling and get hands-on with objects to discover Hillsborough Castle's fascinating history.

Various dates from January - March 2020

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

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Join an expert guide on a tour of Hillsborough Castle's art treasures including unique works from the Royal Collection and other major lenders.

Last Sunday of every month

Hillsborough Castle


Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

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Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the hidden histories of Hillsborough Castle from a different perspective.

29 February 2020

Hillsborough Castle


Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)