Please note that this workshop will only be running until Fri 30th March 2012.
The children are introduced to two contrasting families using paintings from the gallery’s Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian collections. They explore the similarities and differences of the families’ situations.
Using a range of drama techniques pupils will explore characters’ thoughts and feelings about leaving the countryside, and discover who inhabited the streets of Manchester during the mid-Victorian era.
Role playing members of both a middle and working class family, the children imagine what it felt like to live in Victorian Manchester then meet Thomas Horsfall, a social reformer and philanthropist, and enact a lively public meeting concerning the creation of the Manchester Art Museum.
It is helpful, but not essential, for pupils to have some basic knowledge of the Victorian era. The session can be used to reinforce and extend children’s knowledge of the different sections of Victorian society, strengthening knowledge with the introduction what was happening in Victorian Manchester.
This session works brilliantly for our Victorian topic and connects with the key text, Street Child by Berlie Doherty that we use to introduce the issues and concerns relating to the rich and the poor living in Victorian society. I’ve gained new historical connections that I can continue to explore back at school. Teacher
I loved how we use drama to help us become people in the paintings, becoming actors to bring the people to life helps me understand what was happening. Pupil
We have been learning about Victorians in school and the workshop taught us lots more. Pupil