Suitable for KS1 and KS2

Local History: The Fonnereau family at Christchurch Mansion

Extending pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066, this session focuses on what life was like for people living and working in Ipswich during the Victorian era. As a full or half-day visit, it brings the Victorian home to life. Pupils can play the role of servants to complete kitchen and laundry chores, before dressing up at the rich homeowners Mr and Mrs Fonnereau.

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Activities include:

  • Dressing up, making real butter and role-playing the Victorian washing week
  • Using real and replica objects to investigate how Victorian people in Ipswich lived, through the lives of the rich and poor residents of Christchurch Mansion
  • Taking part in deportment activities, silhouette drawing and much more.


Minimum and maximum group sizes: 20 to 60 pupils.

Adult:Pupil ratio: 1:6

Duration: 240 minutes, 10am-2pm with lunch break.

Christchurch Mansion

Full day session

£4.50 per child (Ipswich Borough schools)
£5 per child (non Borough school)


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Things to note

All school, nursery and group visits must be booked in advance.

To enquire about a visit or to make a booking please contact us.

Our team can reserve a date for you at time of booking, but please note the visit will not be confirmed until you receive a booking form.

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at least 14 working days prior to your visit. Charges will be incurred if you do not give the required notice.

We are now invoicing all school groups for their visits. Invoices will follow approximately 20 working days from the date of your trip. The number of children indicated on the booking form is an approximate. You will only be charged for the number of children who actually visit on the day.

A minimum charge may apply.

Prices are valid until 31st March 2024.

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