New Victorian Education Programmes at Heritage Sites

Monday 22 September 2014

Bespoke education programmes focusing on Victorian life in the local area will begin on 1st October at Castell Coch, Glamorgan Archives and the Cardiff Story Museum.

Picture of Castell Coch

Castell Coch

Cadw is working in partnership with the Glamorgan Archives and the Cardiff Story Museum to offer schools a whole day trip investigating the topic of change in the 19th century in the Cardiff area. The education activities are aimed primarily at pupils aged 7-11 and 11-14 years old, and have been specifically designed to support delivery of the History and Curriculum Cymreig, key elements of the Welsh National Curriculum.

The Castell Coch activity sessions and supporting resource have been inspired by the life of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, one of the richest but most private men in the world. He was involved in over 60 building projects in his lifetime, including rebuilding Castell Coch, parts of Cardiff Castle and parts of Caerphillly Castle, as well as building two new docks in Cardiff.

At Castell Coch, school groups will meet Lady Bute, who will guide them around parts of the castle whilst explaining aspects of her life with John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, and outline the decisions they took with William Burges about the rebuilding and decoration of Castell Coch. The session focuses on the beautifully decorated banqueting hall, drawing room, and bedrooms.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport said: “This is an excellent example of how the historic environment can be used to develop skills and provide opportunities for young people across Wales. Our heritage monuments are assets that should not only be protected, but should also be enjoyed and used to benefit future generations.”

Adrienne Wood, Lifelong Learning Manager for Cadw said, “This exciting new activity at Castell Coch aims to use the truly spectacular building and the fascinating life of the man who built it as a way of engaging pupils with local history, and to support the teaching of subjects such as history and the curriculum Cymreig.”

The Lady Bute half day activity must be booked in advance and costs £90 per group, for up to 30 pupils. More information and how to book is available here.

At Glamorgan Archives, pupils will discover how the poor Victorian people of south Wales led their lives.  They will learn what was it like to go to school in Victorian times; explore the working lives of people in the locality; discover more about the houses Victorian people lived in and the furniture and appliances they owned; and investigate life in the workhouse. This half day research activity must be booked in advance, and is free of charge. Maximum groups size - 30 pupils. For more information and bookings enquiries email the archives on or telephone 029 2087 2299

At the Cardiff Story Museum, pupils will learn about life in Victorian Cardiff through artefacts, images, costume and interactive games. Learners will gain a great understanding of what life was life was like from the perspectives of an upper, middle and lower class family. This half day activity must be booked in advance, and costs £4 per learner for up to 30 pupils per group.. For more information and booking enquiries, please contact the Learning and Outreach Officer, Lucie Connors on 02920 788336 /