Tuesday 7th November 2017
Year 6 recently visited Hughenden Manor as part of their history topic on the Victorians.
Hughenden was the home of Benjamin Disraeli, the favourite Prime Minister of Queen Victoria, and our visit included a tour of his house. We were able to tread in the footsteps of Queen Victoria who visited Hughenden Manor for herself and in the dining room we were shown a chair which had been specially adapted for her short legs! Our tour also included a visit to the ‘withdrawing room’ and the bedroom, both decorated in Mary Anne Disraeli’s favourite colours of gold and blue, as well as a visit to Disraeli’s study. The remainder of the day was split between working in the kitchen gardens and studying a wide selection of artefacts in the study base. The artefacts ranged from Victorian toys, writing equipment and dressing items to kitchenware and washing items, such as a mangle. The girls found out a great deal about daily Victorian life by investigating all these artefacts and particularly enjoyed the chance to play with the diablo and spinning top toys!