This is a poss stick, also known as a posser. It was used to submerge and pound laundry in a wash tub, to agitate the soapy water and make it pass through the fabric to clean it.

It has a wooden handle and the rest of the posser is made from a metal called copper. They were used throughout the 1800s.

Laundry maids worked in the laundry room at Preston Hall washing, ironing and starching clothes all day long. Find out more about the servants who worked for the Ropner Family at Preston Hall here.

History

  • Comparing aspects of life in different periods.
  • Understand how we find out about the past.
  • Studying a theme in British History extending knowledge beyond 1066

Science

  • Everyday materials and their properties

Role play being a maid at Preston Hall. Think about the tasks you would need to do during the day. How would you clean the rooms and help the family who lived here?

Museum name: Preston Park Museum & Grounds
Contact name: Joanne Rowcliffe
Phone number: 01642 526369
Email: joanne.rowcliffe@stockton.gov.uk

This is a poss stick, also known as a posser. It was used to submerge and pound laundry in a wash tub, to agitate the soapy water and make it pass through the fabric to clean it.

It has a wooden handle and the rest of the posser is made from a metal called copper.

They were used throughout the 1800s.

Laundry maids worked in the laundry room at Preston Hall washing, ironing and starching clothes all day long. Find out more about the servants who worked for the Ropner Family at Preston Hall here.

History

  • Second order concepts
  • Continuity and change
  • Trends over Time
  • A local history study
  • A theme in British History extending knowledge beyond 1066

Science

  • Materials and their properties

Write a diary entry for a Preston Hall maid. Think about the jobs she would have had to do, the long hours that she would have worked and what working for a rich family like the Ropners at Preston Hall would have been like.

Museum name: Preston Park Museum & Grounds
Contact name: Joanne Rowcliffe
Phone number: 01642 526369
Email: joanne.rowcliffe@stockton.gov.uk

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