George Müller cared for 10,000 orphaned children in Bristol during the Victorian era. He was a man of great faith, never making appeals for money, but simply praying to God for all that was needed. During his lifetime he received £1,500,000 in money and gifts in kind. At present day prices, this would be over £100m.
In February half term we welcomed children and their families to our Family Fun Activity Session. The coffee and treats flowed (including Victoria sponge cake of course) while games and crafts were enjoyed.
There were a range of activities for families to explore:
Creating samplers like the ones the orphan girls produced to show potential employers – we have a range of these on display in our museum. Some children created patterns, others their name or initials.
Making a thaumatrope – a popular Victorian craft toy – a bit like a modern-day fidget spinner!
Creating paper lilies – paper flowers were extremely popular during Victorian times, both in terms of a craft and to display in homes. They demonstrated that a lady was wealthy enough not to have to work but industrious enough to be creative!
There were also games and some Victorian colouring – good for all ages!
And, of course, the chance to explore the museum.
We had great feedback from parents:
“Thank you for our fab visit on Friday! The children really enjoyed it and it prompted lots of chat about Mr Müller and Victorian times.”
“Thank you for the lovely activities today – we really enjoyed the event.”
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