The Children's Country House Museum

Children playing in the Exploriosity space

We’ve been busy adding new spaces and experiences for the young and the young at heart, to enjoy at The Children’s Country House Museum. From 7 May 2022, you can wander freely through the museum, and explore how each space celebrates the escapades and challenges of childhood across the centuries.

The Pathway to the Museum

Refreshed for 2022, start your journey in The Pathway to the Museum. Here we take curiosity seriously, welcoming you to explore, seek, look and connect with the museum objects and stories.

Wander freely through the museum and explore what each space has to offer.
A young girl investigates circular shaped shelves on a colourful wall.
Wander freely through the museum and explore what each space has to offer.

Work

But it wasn’t all fun and games for children in the past. Experience first-hand, the realities of life for children who were employed through the ages. Venture down a Victorian mine tunnel and get involved with activities to see what life was like for children working in domestic service. Daring young ‘sweeps’ can take on our chimney climb and crawl into the darkness to get a feel for what it would have been like for the real-life chimney sweeps. 

The chimney is always a big hit.
 A young girl crawls into a fireplace surrounded by burgundy carpets and walls, to look up the chimney.
The chimney is always a big hit.

Exploriosity

A prototype to explore for 2022, grow your creativity and look for visual connections with the patterns, shapes and colours in this space.  

Use giant 3D jigsaw pieces to create your own connections between different parts of The Children’s Country House. Crawl into the makers station and explore these pictures. Fit them together to make your own creature for others to see. 

This is a space that we will continue to evolve based on your feedback.

Use the 3D jigsaw pieces to create your own shapes.
A young boy concentrates over connecting wooden 3D jigsaw shapes.
Use the 3D jigsaw pieces to create your own shapes.

Home

This gallery turns home life on its head - look up to see a bedroom on the ceiling! Many of our visitors are fascinated by our doll’s houses, which provide a miniature scale insight into family life of times gone by. Here you can learn about family life and the impact that World War 2 had on childhoods of that era. 

Look up to see the unexpected!
Two sisters lying on the purple carpet looking up at the bedrooms on the ceiling
Look up to see the unexpected!

School

They say that school days are the best days of your life, but our Victorian school teacher thinks otherwise! From semolina dinners to school uniforms, you’ll need to sit up straight and pay attention for fear of the dreaded dunce hat when you experience this space.

Sit up straight and listen!
 A father sits in class next to his family wearing a dunce cap while the teacher speaks to him making him giggle.
Sit up straight and listen!

The Space Station

Astronauts assemble! New for 2022, blast off in our space station, with a range of space themed toys and games.

Rest and relax in the Space Station.
Two young boy play with a puzzle on the floor while wearing space helmets.
Rest and relax in the Space Station.

Toys

With an amazing array of toys including the Betty Cadbury Collection of Playthings Past, you can take a look at toys through the ages including many of Betty's treasured mechanical toys. Betty's collection truly is one of a kind, a culmination of a lifelong passion for toys. During her life she was considered an expert in her field, with one of the finest collections going. Today, we are lucky enough to be able to display her efforts for you to enjoy. 

 

See the collection on display.
A father and daughter look through the glass at toys from the past.
See the collection on display.

Digital Play Zone

Leap, dance, and jump about - try to catch and interact with the projections that move around this room that's new for 2022. 
 
Colour in a character template sheet and scan it onto the screen, to watch it come alive in the projections on the wall! Or play a game on the dynamic floor, as it reacts to your movements and gestures.

See your design on the wall
Children colouring in their Digital Playground sheets
See your design on the wall

Say Cheese

Time for a photo! Which character will you be?

We asked some of our Children’s Country House Ambassadors what they want to be when they grow up. Can you guess which jobs they chose? You can ‘say cheese’ and have a photo with your face in the mirror artwork!

I can be anything!
Two young girls imagining what they want to be when they grow up in the Say Cheese mirrors
I can be anything!