Queen Victoria: Dear Diary...

Children participating in a schools' session at Windsor Castle

What did Queen Victoria write in her personal journal? How were family occasions and royal events recorded? Who was invited to 'dine and sleep' at Windsor Castle?

Using real sources of archival material, hands-on artefacts and replica costume we investigate this and more in our interactive session highlighted by the Semi-State Rooms, the very rooms long associated with and affectionately used by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family members.

Pupils will have the opportunity to engage with real Victorian works of art on display as a stimulus to produce their own artwork and/or inspire them to write creatively.

Victorian Christmas: In addition to the availability shown below, the session can have a festive focus, when the State Apartments are decorated for Christmas, and has themes related to Queen Victoria's many Christmases spent with her family here at Windsor. Dates for November/December 2016 tbc. Please contact joanne.lonsdale@royalcollection.org.uk for further details.

“I would love to come back with my family and show them all the things that I saw.”
Year 4 pupil

Session details

Curriculum themes: 
Significant individuals in the past
Significant historical people and places in your locality
Local history study beyond 1066
Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066
Creating sketchbooks
Age group: 
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
School subjects: 
Art & Design
Maximum pupils per session: 
40 - 45 minutes
11:30 (lunch 12:30)
Days of the week: 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Windsor Castle
Learning room: 
The State Apartments
Essential information: 
Available from November to March 2017 when the Semi-State rooms are open.
Before making a booking please visit this page: 
Essential booking and visit information for Schools - Windsor
0303 123 7323