Our year 7 students enjoyed a trip to Southwell Workhouse recently.

The workhouse on Upton Road, Southwell was built in 1824. Workhouses were a ‘last resort’ refuge for poor people in Victorian times, with nowhere else to go.

Southwell’s is one of the best preserved examples of its kind. It is now a National Trust museum.

Year 7 students explored the house and its infirmary, and played some traditional Victorian games.

Students afterwards said how much they’d enjoyed the experience.

It raised contextual awareness of the Victorian era. Links were made to schemes of work in English; including Charles Dickens’ novels Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.