Elizabeth & George Havington – upper class children

character-ada1bElizabeth Louise Havingtonan upper class child
Elizabeth Louise Havington, daughter of Lord and Lady Havington, was born in 1850. She lives with her parents and brothers at their country estate. Although Elizabeth has a life of wealth and luxury, she lives by a strict and demanding time table, as her mother and governess groom her for her debut into society and the ultimate objective, marriage.Your students will learn about her daily life and come to understand the real limitations of Elizabeth’s life. This leads to a brief talk and discussion about some famous Victorian women, for example, Florence Nightingale, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Fry and Elizabeth Browning.Your students will be able to try on corsets, crinolines and pantaloons to understand how it felt to be dressed as a young Victorian lady.
Elizabeth’s dolls’ house offers your students the opportunity to study in detail a Victorian house, from the over elaborately decorated front parlour to her bedroom, nursery, schoolroom, laundry and kitchen.

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Close up of Elizabeth’s dolls house

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Close up of Elizabeth’s toys

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Close up of Elizabeth’s toys

character-george1bGeorge Henry Havington- an upper class child
George Henry Havington, born 1848, is the eldest son of Lord and Lady Havington. He lives with his parents, brother and sister at their country estate. Unlike his sister Elizabeth, George spends most of his time at boarding school, only returning home a few times a year. Although George dreams of becoming a Captain in the 17th lancers, a calvery regiment, as he is Lord Havington’s heir he will have to stay at home to learn about running the estate and becoming a proper gentleman. He is also duty bound to marry appropriately and to carry on the family name. Your students will explore George’s life, play with his toys and learn about the strict regimes at his boarding school, as well as how he occasionally escapes to play with Thomas, the head gardener’s son.We would also look at some of George’s heroes; men such as David Livingstone, Charles Darwin and George Stephenson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli.

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George at school

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George at home playing

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George at home playing