The value of a good quality museum cannot be overstated when it comes to furthering our knowledge of history. The best places will spend time and money analysing how their visitors interact with the exhibits - what they stop to look at, which information boards they read, where they stand and perhaps whether they make any notes. If the museum does not understand what people are taking away from their visit, they were either really lucky in getting everything exactly right to begin with, or else they don't care about their visitor's enjoyment, and will quickly suffer declining attendances.
The museums listed below are examples of venues who have worked hard to give their visitors the best possible experience, and more than that, they cater excellently for school groups in particular. Whether you visit somewhere big enough to get lost in, like the British Museum, or a small regional venue like Gladstone Pottery, you will find a wide range of subjects including national railways, aeronautical, waterways, and heritage.
As a child I wasn't particularly fond of museums. After I had gazed into the hundredth glass display case and read the faded yellow postcard notes about the objects on view, I quickly started to lose interest. I didn't really understand the value of what I was seeing. Thankfully, the people who run such places these days are more aware of how to engage the younger generation in particular and some venues even bring the past to life in the form of living museums, complete with people in period costume and real shops displaying or selling goods that would have been available at the time. What could possible inspire your students more about the subject than standing them in a street as it would have been one or two hundred years ago and letting them explore with all of their senses.
Museum of Liverpool offers a great selection of curriculum-linked workshops for schools and groups, from a session exploring Victorian childhood, to an arty 'Best Buildings' workshop all about Liverpool's stunning landscape.
RAF Museum Midlands offer a wide variety of workshops: from history, transport through to STEM! Our sessions are delivered amongst our exhibits or in bespoke spaces. We also offer FREE educational events for all age ranges!
It’s much more than just tanks… Discover our exciting range of curriculum linked workshops for schools. We cover a range of topic areas, spanning history and STEM, and work with you to ensure that the visit supports your learning objectives.
Chesters Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall gives a real sense of how the Roman army was trying to assert power over this part of the British countryside. The venue, complete with museum is a fantastic learning resource for school groups.
World Museum's virtual classroom on mummification in ancient Egypt takes students through the various stages of the embalming process and offers a pop quiz based on the museum’s handling collection and ancient Egyptian artefacts.
International Slavery Museum offers a selection of curriculum-linked workshops for schools and groups, from a session exploring the impacts of the transatlantic slave trade, to fascinating tours of the museum.
We offer various options for self-led visits and also facilitated workshops, led by our expert Learning Team. We cover a variety of themes, linking to the national curriculum, that bring our museum to life. We approach all facili
The National Waterways Museum brings together a unique fleet of historic boats with rich collections and archives to tell the story of Britains canals and waterways. The historic docks at Ellesmere Port provide
You can create your own visit or let us do it for you. We offer you a range of stimulating workshops which explore parts of our collections in more detail. All workshops are linked to the National Curriculum.
Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Explore the cobbled yard, with huge bottle kilns and take part in daily worksho
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