Chesterfield Museum and Revolution House are not able to open for their usual Christmas celebrations so instead we thought we would take Christmas online this year with a variety of video's and activities to get you in the festive mood.
You can learn all about Tudor and Victorian Christmases and hear a poignant story about Christmas in the trenches during WW1 with some fantastic videos which have been created for us by History's Maid.
Christmas Through The Ages Videos
A Tudor Christmas celebrates traditions such as fasting for advent, feasting on plum porridge, pickled pigs feet and wassail and the invention of the kissing bough. Learn the origins of Twelfth Night and Feast of Ephiphany and create your very own Tudor Pomander.
Discover more Tudor activities on our website at https://bit.ly/33VguBa
If you enjoyed that, you can discover how the Victorians celebrated Christmas and learn how many Christmas traditions including carols, crackers, cards and decorations date back to the Victorian era. You will even discover the true origins of Father Christmas!
Discover more fascinating Victorian facts with our Victorian Inventions Quiz.
The last of our Christmas through the ages videos is a poignant story inspired by the events of Christmas 1914 on the Western Front called 'Waiting for a candle' by R J Barker.
Readings from 'A Christmas Carol'
Rachel, one of our museum staff has recorded some fantastic extracts from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This is probably the most popular story that Dickens ever wrote and tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
A Christmas Carol - Stave 1
A Christmas Carol - Stave 3
A Christmas Carol - Stave 4
A Christmas Carol - Stave 5
Have a go at some of these Christmas themed activities and crafts. Have fun and don't forget to share pictures of your creations with us on Facebook.
Looking for a Christmas craft your little one can make? Try this Santa decoration created by one of our front of house staff. It's dead easy and only requires card, pens, glue, cotton wool and ribbon!
Another easy craft for your children to create. This fabulous calendar can adorn your house throughout the year.
Bath bombs make the perfect handmade Christmas gift and are an ideal activity for both children and adults to enjoy. Our friends at STEAM WORKS explain how to create your own and the science behind them.
Revolution House Photos
Revolution House is always a favourite place to visit at Christmas so our Collections Officer Maria has put together some fantastic photos which show the amazing flower displays which staff and volunteers have created in previous years.
Make Your Own Christmas Wreath
If you have been inspired by the brilliant flower arrangements featured in the video why not have a go at creating your very own floral masterpiece with our step by step instructions to making a Christmas Wreath
Carols with Holymoorside Band
Lastly, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without carols from Holymoorside Band. They may not be able to perform for us at Revolution House, but have kindly provided us with a recording of some of the carols they would usually play. Jess, one of our front of house staff has created a Christmas Carols Video with the lyrics so that you can sing along and spread a little festive cheer.
We hope that you have enjoyed our virtual Christmas celebrations and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and can't wait to welcome you back to Chesterfield Museum and Revolution House in 2021.