To walk through the front door of 16 New Street is to step back in time and experience life in Regency Jersey. This magnificent Georgian town house, which has been restored by the National Trust to reinstate its appearance c.1815, offers a unique learning environment where children can immerse themselves in the past through the sights and smells of the working house. Themed workshops include the following topics:
An outline of the workshop
9:30 The group is greeted at the door by George, the footman, who takes the pupils into the office where they will be given the opportunity to dress in replica period costume. The Trust’s House and Collections Manager will give the group some background information about the history of the house and show them an album of photographs so that they can get an impression of what the building was like before it was restored by the Trust.
9:40 The children go into the working Georgian Kitchen where they are met by Louisa, the cook/housekeeper of 16 New Street. Louisa will talk about the features of the kitchen, making reference to items on display including salted cod, herbs and meats that were common ingredients of the time. She will then engage the children in the preparation of period recipes.
10:15 From the kitchen the group will pass into the family Dining Room where Louisa will explain the replica food on the table and point out some of the features of the room.
10:20 Moving upstairs to the Drawing Room, the children are introduced to the lady of the house, Mrs. Journeaux. The group sits on the rug while Mrs Journeaux talks a little about lace making, and embroidery, before introducing subjects including deportment, dancing, tea drinking and letter writing.
10:40 George, the footman, takes the group to the children’s bedroom on the top floor of the house, where he talks briefly about schooling, and makes reference to the contents of the room including the replica games, bed clothing and chamber pot. Taken onto the landing, they meet the Ghost of 16 New Street (a projection in the staircase leading to the attic) and flush the innovative Regency lavatory.
10:50 Stopping briefly in the Master Bedroom on the first floor, the group goes downstairs. Schools may bring digital camera for their use. The children change in the office and depart through the front door.