Ayers House Museum

Spit and Polish

Spit and Polish

Spit and Polish

 

Year: Level 2
Duration: 90-120 minutes

 

Balls are hard work, for the servants anyway! It is time for the Ayers family to throw one of their famous balls. The invitations have been sent, the ballroom floor has been washed with milk, the musicians have been booked, and now all that is needed are some extra servants. Accordingly, the housekeeper has placed an advertisement in the Register. In answer to the advertisement a group visits Ayers house where they have to prove that they have what it takes to be employed there.

 
This program looks at Ayers House through the lens of domestic servants’ experience of Colonial life. The program is conducted by the Housekeeper who is showing prospective servants around the house with the intention of putting some of them on for the up and coming ball. Incidental primary sources such as job advertisements from the Register, and tips about housework from Mrs. Beeton support the experience.

 
Activities: Polishing, weighing, tray relay, bell games.
Numbers: 1 class, approximately 30 students (2 classes may combine their visit with a supported self-guided walk).
Location: Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000.
Public transport information: Train to Adelaide Railway Station or us to I2 (or Royal Adelaide Hospital) North Terrace.
Curriculum Context: History, Geography, Maths, Technologies.
Cost: $7 per student.
Available days/times: Tuesday-Thursday mornings.
Booking information: Victoria Hardy, learning@nullnationaltrustsa.org.au or (08) 8223 1234.

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