The Gallery Classroom

The Gallery Classroom was built in 1853 on the recommendation of poet Matthew Arnold, one of Queen Victoria’s Inspectors of Education, who visited the Queen Street School. It was built to teach 110 boys to the gallery method under the eye of one master.

The classroom is now essentially as it was when first built, though the desks are of a later design to accommodate the 1880s style lessons taught here today. The Gallery was used as a classroom until the late 1930s, when it became the school kitchen.

You can sit at the desks and try out the dip pens, with real ink. Visitors are asked not to use their left hand as this was not allowed in Victorian times! On the first Sunday of each month (March - November) you can enjoy a Victorian Style lesson - see the 'visiting' page for details of opening times.

Visiting groups and schools can book to have a Victorian lesson here – and learn of Queen Victoria’s birthday, or else they may find themselves wearing the dunce’s cap!