National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool

School Trips @ National Museum of the Royal Navy

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A visit to us will bring to life the Royal Navy’s rich history and heritage. Our Discovery Visits include the chance to explore our atmospheric authentically created eighteenth century quayside which includes the printers shop, swordsmiths, gunsmiths, admirals house plus much more. You will also get the unique opportunity to go on board HMS Trincomalee, currently the oldest warship still afloat in Europe.

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Why book National Museum of the Royal Navy for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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We now have our brand new self led trail booklet, specifically created for education visits, you will be guided around the ship by Poll the Parrot who will tell you all about what life was like on board and how the sailor's lived and worked. Guides will be to hand on board at all times and teachers will be provided with an electronic copy of the trail before your visit. Added to this groups can discover what life was like for the officers and crew in our ‘Fighting Ships’ exhibit.

There is also hands-on fun to be had in our ‘Maritime Adventure Centre’ and our ‘Play Ship’ will keep pupils entertained until it’s time to leave. The Discovery Visit can be combined with one or more workshops. You can also add a traditional rope making experience where the group can see how rope would have made 100's of years ago, try their hand at making it and take your own rope back to school. If you would like to end your day with a bang you can have your very own cannon and musket display with opportunity for pupils to hold the muskets afterwards.

We are sure you will find something to help make the most of your visit and the Learning Team look forward to welcoming you and your group soon.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Curriculum links - History
How did the Royal Navy deal with famous pirates? Find out in this hands-on activity based session delivered by a costumed Learning Officer. From handling a real cutlass and flintlock pistol to role play, knot tying and the tallest tales of real pirates, this session will bring to life how the Navy dealt with piracy.

Curriculum links - History
An action packed experience which combines activities with role-play on the atmospheric lower deck of HMS Trincomalee. Delivered by a costumed Learning Officer pupils ‘join’ the Royal Navy at the time of Nelson and experience a day in the life of a sailor.

Curriculum links - Science and Maths
Did sailors really eat maggots? What about their five a day? Discover more about the health and wellbeing of sailors on board HMS Trincomalee. Delivered by a costumed Learning Officer.

What size groups do you cater for?

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Discovery Visit with workshops - 15 to 90. (Including teachers) Discovery Visit without workshops - 15 - 120 (Including teachers) If your numbers are more or less than what is stated please get in touch to see what we can do for your group.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Yes, but must be pre-booked through our events team Hire costs are available on request.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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There are lifts on the quayside for access to the ‘Fighting Ships’ and the ‘Worlds of HMS Trincomalee’ exhibitions. There are also lifts for access to three of the four decks on board the ship. When on board, as with any ship, there are low ceilings and doorways, low light levels, trip hazards and decks that can be slippery when wet. Many of the workshops involve handling objects and are suitable for pupils with special educational needs. Wheelchairs, magnifying glasses and large print text can also be arranged in advance.

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