Thousands of students Butter their Bread

 

In July, we held our first ever video conference to schools live from Vaucluse House. We received an enormous response to the program, with over 3000 students connecting to us from 93 schools across NSW.

The focus of the virtual excursion was our colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling who explored the differences in cooking and food preparation between the 19th century and today, direct from the Wentworths' kitchen at Vaucluse House. Jacqui also led the students in a worksheet activity to identify kitchen objects from the past and, as a fascinating hands-on segment, she showed them how to make butter!

This unique virtual excursion took students from the Vaucluse House kitchen garden into the kitchen and also into the dairy, to look at how these places were used by the family in the past.

Some comments we received from teachers included:

My students loved it, thank you! We even managed to make the butter and taste it before they went home. Thanks so much from the 1/2H gang at Niagara Park Public School.

Another said:

We are homeschooling in northern NSW, so to have access to opportunities like this is invaluable and greatly appreciated!

And from another: 

The butter we shook into existence was delicious!

The virtual excursion was presented in collaboration with DART Connections from the Department of Education.

More information

Our next virtual excursion takes place on 25 September. Find out more on our Virtual excursions page.

Download the Butter recipe card.

Watch the recording of Butter Your Bread on YouTube Live:

 

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Naomi Manning
Naomi is passionate about teaching history and has worked in different contexts to do this over the years. Currently she working for Sydney Living...

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