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We offer a wide range of museum-based school workshops suitable for early years/foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2 groups, including Toys and Games, Houses and Homes, Victorian School and Local Study. Our workshops include object handling, dressing up, reading and drawing and craft activities and we try to make use of the museum’s displays and exhibitions. We are open to school visits from 9.30 to 3pm, Tuesday to Friday, and Mondays by special arrangement. We charge £2.50 plus VAT per pupil, you can download a pdf of all our current charges here. Our standard format workshop, suitable for a single class, consists of four, twenty minute activities done in rotation, and it usually take about two hours to complete. Please be aware that in most circumstances the school is asked to lead some of the activities – we will inform you in advance and can supply activity sheets beforehand.
If you would like to bring two classes we would increase the number of activities to six in order that group sizes are a little more manageable. Many of our workshops can be adapted to suit your specific history topic, and we have created special workshops on themes such as A Dinosaur Museum, Teddy Bears and Treasure Hunts - please contact the education officer to discuss your needs. Classes are very welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat at the museum. We also have a shop stocked with an exciting range of pocket money toys and educational books.
We also work with secondary schools and can put together workshops to suit your project, and of course the museum offers a fantastic visual resources for art and design students.
We have extensive experience working with special needs students, having worked closely with Larkrise School across all key stages and we have also created bespoke workshops for Rowdeford School and SEN classes from Studley Green.
We also provide an outreach service which provides a cost effective solution to using Trowbridge Museum. Outreach workshops are based on our museum-based sessions but adapted to suit the classroom.
If you are interested in booking a workshop you check the calendar for available days. If you want to download an Education Booking Form, or if you require an evaluation form click on the links. Teachers making a booking are welcome to make a pre-visit to the museum where they can talk with education staff.