The Wallace Collection

Primary School Programme

Upstairs Downstairs – At Home with Sir Richard and Lady Wallace

Supports History: Local history [people and places]; using original sources; understanding methods of historical enquiry, Mathematics and English.

What was life like in a big house in London in Victorian times? Find out not just about the owners but about their thirty-four servants too. What can tell us about their lives? Use carefully-selected documents, plans and photographs, as well as the building itself, to discover about their jobs and living conditions. The session is designed to help pupils understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


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