We offer a wide range of museum-based school workshops suitable for early years/foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2 classes, as well as secondary schools and colleges. The museum’s collections represent over 2000 years of the area’s history and our school workshops reflects this, providing opportunities to learn about west Wiltshire from the Romans to the present day and including Saxon and Normans, Tudors and Stuarts, Victorian Life (especially the Industrial Revolution) and the twentieth century, all available with a local history focus. The most recent period we covered was Life in the 1980s, and yes, it did involve dressing in a shell suit and a “Choose Life” t-shirt.
Recent projects have included WW1 and Magna Carta and our Christmas Exhibition (with traditional Victorian Father Christmas) is now a regular feature in December, and is now available as outreach sessions. In fact, most of our museum-based workshops are offered as an outreach option providing a cost effective alternative to coming to the Museum. We also now offer an assembly option, usually history-themed and lasting 30 – 45 minutes, they are a great way to introduce a topic or start an enrichment week.
Our workshops include object handling, dressing up, reading, drawing and craft activities and we try to make use of the museum’s displays and exhibitions. We have extensive dressing up and handling collections enabling us to cover a range of topics such as childhood, toys and games, school life and textiles and weaving. We are always happy to adapt workshops to suit or might be able to create something to suit your particular topic – why not call us now on 01225 754608 or email the Learning and Outreach Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org?
We are open to school visits from 9.30 to 3pm, Tuesday to Friday, and Mondays by special arrangement. Our current charge is £2.75 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 takes 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. These sessions will typically last from 3 – 4 hours, but you are 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 have developed a number of history and arts-related workshops to suit the secondary curriculum, and are ideally placed to support the new National Curriculum. If you would like us to develop something for your topic contact the Learning and Outreach Officer at email@example.com or call 01225 754608.
We have enormous 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.
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.