English Heritage investment unlocks history for schools

Date Posted: 14/04/2014

English Heritage properties Osborne House, Audley End and Bolsover Castle have just opened newly-completed projects following over £4 million in investment.

Royal childhood at Osborne

At Osborne, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's holiday hideaway on the Isle of Wight, the Swiss Cottage and Museum - the giant garden 'play house' used by their nine children - has re-opened following restoration of the buildings and conservation of the collections they hold.

Inside the cottage, school trip organisers can now take students to see the newly conserved kitchen and grocer’s shop ‘stocked with’ all the basics, which the royal children were taught to run.

Victorian Nursery unveiled at Audley End

School groups can also explore the never-before-seen Victorian nursery in Audley End House and Gardens in Essex.

A hidden world of privileged children, their nursery maids, governesses and tutors has been re-created by English Heritage using original household accounts, diaries and watercolours. 

17th-century personality put back into Bolsover Castle

Restoration work and 17th century reproduction furniture has been added to the previously empty interiors of the most important rooms in Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire.

Outside, for the first time in over 250 years, groups can stride along Cavendish’s catwalk - the now repaired and restored wall-walk circling the Fountain Garden, where the fashionable royalist owner of Bolsover and his aristocratic friends once promenaded to see and be seen. 

For further school trip information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.

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