Chance to discover the world of Victorian lady who lunches

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THE flamboyance of Victorian dinner parties and the elegant pastimes of the prim and proper upper classes is being brought to life in the 21st century.

Throughout the half-term holiday, visitors to the Castle Museum in York can learn how the Victorian lady of leisure planned 12-course banquets. There will also be the opportunity to sample the fashionable delicacy that was cucumber soup.

The assistant curator of social history, Lucy Knock, said: “Taking inspiration from our fantastic Victorian collection, we have planned some fun, family activities for this February half-term.

“Children can learn about Victorian life and get involved in some hands-on activities, too.”

One of the activities on offer will give visitors the opportunity to make their own silhouettes which were all the craze during the period.

They can capture the likeness of a friend or loved one in black paper, inspired by Victorian silhouettes from the museum’s collection and even have
 their own Victorian classical portrait made by a real silhouette artist.

There is also a chance to learn more about the pastimes of Victorian ladies.

All the activities at the museum will allow visitors to get closer to authentic objects from the museum’s collection.