Education at Hanbury Hall

Victorian School Programme at Hanbury Hall

Please note: We will not be taking any new bookings for taught educational programmes until April 2018. If you are interested in booking for next year please get in touch with us from April onwards. However, if you have Educational Group Membership and would like to arrange a self-led visit, contact the Property Office on 01527 821214.

Ancient Greeks

Discover gods and goddesses, heroes and beasts…

Using our famous Thornhill wall and ceiling paintings, pupils will discover ancient Greek gods and goddesses, myths and legends and the legacy of ancient Greece. In our drama workshop pupils act out the story of the Greek hero Achilles, developing historical enquiry skills as we consider whether his tale is ‘true or myth?’

Victorians: Masters and Servants

Join us as we step back in time to 1870 to discover what life was like at Hanbury Hall for the Vernon family and their servants.

In this interactive session, pupils will meet members of the Vernon family and their staff, including the butler, housekeeper and governess. As prospective servants, children will explore the house and meet Sir Harry and Lady Georgina Vernon as they start their day. Then it’s off downstairs, under the watchful eye of the housekeeper and butler, to experience life as a servant.

World War ll

‘Make do and mend…’ Evacuee life in the Second World War

With real life stories, students experience what life would have been like as an evacuee at Hanbury Hall during the 1940s. They will meet Lady Doris and Sir George and discover what they are doing to aid the war effort, find out from the servants how rationing affected rich and poor, learn what duties would be expected of them in the house and even experience an ‘air raid’. Students will also get ‘hands on’ with real World War ll artefacts to discover more about daily life, rationing and self-sufficiency.

The First World War

‘The lamps are going out…’

In this programme pupils will discover the effect of the First World War on the men and women who lived and worked at Hanbury Hall. They will meet the Recruitment Officer and take part in some physical training. Pupils will have the chance to handle genuine WWl artefacts and photographs, try out weapons and kit, write a letter from the trenches and have a look at propaganda and its purposes.

Minibeast Hunters

We’re all going on a minibeast hunt… we’re not scared!

Pull on your wellies and waterproofs and join us as we hunt for mini beasts in the gardens of Hanbury Hall. Discover what lurks in our woodland log pile, play camouflage games in our orchard and spend time pond dipping for water mini beasts by the Mirror Pool. Each session encourages children to get ‘hands on’ with nature and find out more about invertebrates and their part in our ecosystem.

Map Making

A bird’s eye view of Hanbury…

Using maths and measuring skills, pupils use scale grids, tape measures and compass points to create an accurate scale map of our ornamental fruit garden. Then it’s off round the gardens in small groups following our garden trail. Pupils must develop good teamwork, communication and map-reading skills.

How to book

For more information or to book your visit, contact our Learning Officer on 01527 821214 or