Petworth Infants School c.1880

Petworth Cottage Museum

School Visits

Mrs. 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 era.

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.

Normal 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.

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