Local History - People and their Homes

For KS2 looking at people who have lived locally and examples of their homes and gardens. Inside the Knoll building at the university of Leicester Botanic Garden

The programme is taught inside the Knoll, one of the Edwardian houses at the Botanic Garden where many original features remain. Children can compare what they see with old photographs of when the house was a family home. We discuss the lives of the people who lived there, both owners and servants, and set this in the context of the development of the city of Leicester.

The children rotate around five activities.

  1. Explore the Botanic Garden to find one hundred year old garden features to label on a map. 
  2. Inside the Knoll building using the original examples in the fireplace of the popular Dutch tiles of the time the children design their own.
  3. Children visit the tropical glasshouse and learn about the work of some famous Leicestershire scientists and presenters including David Attenborough.
  4. Everyone can enjoy a short game of croquet on the lawn, as the owners would have done in the past.
  5. Visit the garden room and sort true and false sentences about the Edwardians. 
  • Numbers: One / two classes
  • Organisation: In five small groups for two classes, minimum three groups for one class. 
  • Availability: All year
  • Duration: Full day
  • Cost: £5.00 per child (minimum charge £120) with no charge for accompanying adults

To book please contact the Botanic Garden Education Office on 0116 271 2933 or email us.