Infants School c.1880
Petworth Cottage Museum
Cummings' Cottage provides children with an enjoyable and
informative experience of late Victorian/Edwardian life. Although
the cottage is an example of a typical estate worker's cottage in
1910, it also encapsulates the way of life in the late Victorian
Mrs. Cummings was a seamstress and worked from
her home and also at nearby Petworth House. The cottage has a
small garden, privy, cellar, scullery, sitting room, sewing room,
bedroom and an attic bedroom, where Mrs. Cummings' grand-daughters
stayed. There are working gaslights, the range in the sitting-room
is always alight and the cottage furnished throughout as a late
Victorian working-class cottage would have been. Stepping into the
cottage really is like stepping back in time, which is why it has
great appeal to young children.
opening days are Tuesday to Saturday, from Easter to the end of
October. Although the cottage is only open to the general public
in the afternoons, school visits can be arranged for the morning
or afternoon, Monday to Friday.
We have an increasing
number of school visits as teachers find the Cottage Museum fits
particularly well into Key Stage 1 of the curriculum, and have
received excellent feedback. The cost of a visit is £1 per
child with no charge for accompanying adults. Teachers are offered
a free advance visit.
Use the Contact page for further
information or to arrange an advance visit.