Learn how Hackney has changed over time

Playing with the past

With 500 years of Hackney's history under one roof, Sutton House is the perfect place to learn all about how the area and its people have changed over time, considering transport, education, communication and architecture.

Time Machine

In this one hour workshop, the children are invited into the Sutton House imaginery time machine, where they will meet occupants of Sutton House from the last 500 years and explore how education, travel and communication have changed over time, comparing and contrasting Hackney in 1535, 1635, 1745 and 1985. It's a whistle-stop tour, designed for KS1 children, and it can be adapted to suit your topic's particular focus.

Schools Through the Ages

Sutton House has a history as a place of education, whether as part of the home education of Tudor children, or as  Georgian and Victorian schools. 

In this workshop, we compare and contrast those three time periods, using role-play to look at how gender and wealth impacted your ability to get an education, as well as exploring the types of things you would be taught, and how going to school worked. This workshop is designed for KS1, but a varient of it could be created for KS2 if required.

Booking information:

We can cater for one class of up to 30 students at a time.

KS1 workshops are usually 10:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm - 2:00pm and KS2 Workshops are usually 10:00am -12:00pm or 1:00pm-3:00pm, however we can work around your timetable. 

No bus parking on site, the nearest station is Hackney Central and buses stop nearby.

Lunch can be eaten on site, and children can play in the Breaker's Yard during their break.  

Please email Danielle.Handley@nationaltrust.org.uk or call Danielle on 0208 5259057 to make a booking. 


With a National Trust Educational Group Membership you can bring your whole school for free.