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Victorian Christmas for primary school children

ON SONG: Children sing carols on the stairs around the Christmas Tree, with Tom Callister playing the guitar. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM121206 (22).

ON SONG: Children sing carols on the stairs around the Christmas Tree, with Tom Callister playing the guitar. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM121206 (22).

 

CHILDREN from eight schools donned Victorian outfits and took part in a range of activities to prepare Grove Museum in Ramsey for Christmas.

The Victorian Christmas at the Grove included making miniature Christmas cakes using a Victorian recipe designed by Mrs Beeton.

Mrs Beeton for the event was Department of Education and Children adviser for the Manx curriculum Jo Callister.

They used Victorian cooking equipment to follow the recipe and discussed how scales, sieves and weighing equipment were used to make a delicious festive treat.

In another workshop, the pupils looked at a range of Victorian Christmas card designs, which were originally sent to the Gibbs family in the Grove.

They then made their own Christmas card fitting for the era.

Pupils also made Victorian-style tree decorations, in the form of garlands made with orange and cinnamon.

These garlands were used to decorate a traditional Christmas tree which stood proudly at the top of the stairs of the museum for all to see on entering the grand holiday home of the Gibbs.

The tree provided a centrepiece for children to gather around and sing Manx Christmas carols, complete with traditional Manx instrumental accompaniment.

Anthea Young, education officer for Manx National Heritage said: ‘We are delighted to host this very popular workshop for Manx schools.

‘The children have worked very hard in their Victorian Christmas preparations and I hope they have had lots of fun too.’

The Grove House was developed in the mid 19th century by Duncan Gibb, a Liverpool shipping merchant, as a summer retreat for himself and his family. It later became their permanent residence and family home.

 

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