Local History - People and their Homes

Discover more about local history. Learn about the people who lived locally and about their homes and gardens.

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.

In an art activity, children use the in situ examples of the popular Dutch tiles of the time to design their own.

Outdoors children explore the Botanic Garden and see old trees and many historical garden features dating from earlier times.

Children also learn about the work of some famous Leicestershire scientists who were exploring the world and making discoveries in the 19th century.

Everyone can enjoy a short game of croquet, as the owners would have done in the past.

  • Numbers: One / two classes
  • Organisation: In five groups
  • Availability: All year
  • Duration: Full day
  • Cost: £4.90 per child (minimum charge £117.60) with no charge for accompanying adults

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