Sweet History landmark (photo)

Visit to the Georgian House Museum

Grand Georgian architecture flourished in Bristol and other port cities (London, Liverpool) that made a huge amount of wealth from the transatlantic slave trade and other parts of the triangular trade. Bristol has lots of example of Georgian architecture.

  1. Explore the Sweet History? website for examples of Georgian architecture in Bristol (look at images of Queen Square and the Georgian House). Alternatively you could take pupils on the Sweet History? trail using the podcast or m-scape (see activities section) and they could collect their own drawings and photographs of Georgian buildings.
  2. Look at the Arcaid picture website to see other examples of Georgian architecture in Britain.
  3. Discuss with the pupils the Georgian buildings they have looked at. See if they can list the key features of Georgian style buildings.
  4. Organise a visit to the Georgian House and collect a copy of the Sugar House Trail (Bristol City Council)

Encourage the pupils to explore the house and imagine what life would have been like for John Pinney and his slave Pero. (If a visit isn’t possible then look at the images of the Georgian House on the trail section of this website and download a copy of the Sugar House Trail from Bristol City Council

Activity One

Get the pupils to write a ‘day in the life of’ diary extract for either John Pinney or Pero based on the visit to the Georgian House and other research the pupils may want to do.

Activity Two

Get the pupils to produce their own marketing/information leaflet for the Bristol Museums Service that gives information on the Georgian House and includes details about John Pinney’s links to the sugar trade and to his slave Pero. Pupils could include drawings and photographs from their visit to the Georgian House.

Both of these activities could help deliver literacy and local history sessions.