Schools Service Newsletter September 2011
Launch of new workshops
We are pleased to
announce that we now offer four new and exciting medieval life workshops.
Medieval Apothecary, Textiles, Farming and Food and Cooking are aimed at KS2
& 3 and offer a new, hands-on look at everyday medieval life. Students will
find out about the Great Plague, dress up as a medieval person and make a
medieval treat on an open fire and much, much, more!
Change of location
Apothecary workshop has moved from the House from Pendean (map ref. 17) to
the Hall from Boarhunt (map ref. 18). This is as a result of working very
closely with our Interpretation team to ensure that we are constantly
offering schools the best experience possible.
We would like to
remind you that in the winter months, we offer schools a choice of hands-on
Winter Workshops that cover the main aspects of domestic and rural life,
based in furnished houses of the Medieval, Tudor and Victorian periods. For
example, students can enjoy playing Tudor games, learn about Tudor textiles
by dressing up as a Tudor, explore the foods that Tudors and Victorians ate
by cooking over open fires, experience a Victorian school day, roll their
sleeves up and do some Victorian household chores and carry out some
traditional farming jobs. Content and delivery is structured according to
age, ability and learning aims.
These workshops enable children to immerse themselves
in unique hands-on experiences that bring their learning alive. More
details can be found on this website r by calling the the Schools Services
team who will be happy to talk to you. Here are a few quotes from
schools that have visited recently;
“The hands-on experience and practical tasks gave the students lasting
memories to consolidate their learning”.
“It was a fantastic day and met our needs brilliantly!”
We will soon be
launching our new loans box scheme. The boxes will be available for half a
term for a small fee and will range from Victorian household items to
archaeological items to replica Tudor clothes to dress up in! Please keep an
eye on our website for more news on our loans boxes.
website contains lots of free, downloadable resources. These can be used
prior, during and after your visit and are suitable for a range of ages and
abilities. Any feedback would be gratefully received.
Lunch time at the
Our new Building
Crafts Gallery is being a huge hit with visiting school groups. It provides
an excellent base for groups with a brilliant display of crafts and tools on
the walls. “We loved the new eating area”.
Please mention when
booking if you would like a lunch room. We also have 6 large picnic blankets
that can be reserved for you. We encourage all groups to eat on the bank
away from the lake. This way you can have a nice, duck free, lunch time!
We are pleased to say that our children’s voucher scheme has been very
successful. Since September 2009 each child visiting the Museum with a
school group has been presented with a voucher, which allows them to come in
free of charge on their next visit to the Museum with their family.
Come and Pay Us a
Around 20,000 school
children visit the Museum each year, partaking in cross-curricular visits
that involve hands-on, skills based learning. If you’d like to meet a member
of the team on site to discuss your requirements, then why not take up our
free pre-visit offer. Please call in advance on 01243 811459 to make an
appointment, or for a general chat. Further details can also be found on
If your school faces financial constraints in planning a visit to the
Museum, the Schools Services Department is sometimes able to provide some
support. If this is a situation your school faces then please phone Laura
Dyke, Schools Services Officer for further discussion on 01243 811028.