Real Happiness

Sitting down together

The Morgan family outside their smithy in 1900
The Morgan family outside their smithy in 1900
Victorians used their parlour table to play board games, like ludo, snakes and ladders, and draughts. Card games were very popular with the adults, especially bridge.  They would also sit together as a family to eat their meals, at a set time.

We do not sit at the table as much as Victorian families because we have more toys to play with. We usually keep them and play with them in our bedrooms. Playing in the street in Combs Ford, Stowmarket c.1900
Playing in the street in Combs Ford,
Stowmarket c.1900
Victorian children might not have had their own bedroom unless they were quite wealthy. We also have more gadgets like playstations, DS, computers and wii’s. Now in the present, we have bigger houses, so we play in our rooms and outside. Victorian houses were cramped and children often had to play on the streets.


This exhibition is part of a wider sustainability project delivered through the Rural Museums East Partnership. It is funded by Renaissance East of England.

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