The schoolroom at Lyme Park

Close view of the keyboard of an instrument in the School room

Come and discover what life was like for Phyllis and Hilda Legh, daughters of the 2nd Lord Newton who lived at Lyme in the early 1900s.

Learn like an Edwardian

The schoolroom is a fun, interactive room for children to explore; sit at the school desk and practise your handwriting on a slate board or sit at the piano to learn your scales and arpeggios.

Why not find out about the skills an Edwardian lady was expected to learn including sewing, painting, writing and drawing, as well as the lessons they would have undertaken such as history, languages, geography, literature and maths. If you've visited the Wardrobe Department first, you'll certainly feel the part.

A schoolroom recollected

In her charming book Treasure on Earth, Phyllis Sandeman, formally Legh, recalled life in the schoolroom. She remembered her governess, known as ‘Fraulein’ as being ‘indulgently forbearing’ and that she ‘understood her small pupil(s) better than anyone else’.

The schoolroom is based on documented inventories we have of the items from the room at the turn of the last century.

These, together with Phyllis’s wonderful recollection that the schoolroom smelt ‘like a blend of Mike, Lady (the dog), ink and Fraulein’s cough drops’ have helped us in re-creating this wonderful childhood space.

An Edwardian education

School for boys and girls in Edwardian England followed the usual format: the boys of the family went away to boarding school whilst the girls were taught at home by the governess.

A governess would be a single, well-educated woman and she would mix with both the family and servants. We know Fraulein was considered a senior member of the household as she's listed higher on the census than the Leghs' revered butler, Mr Truelove.