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Museums and Living History

School trips and visits

The past brought to life

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.

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The Food Museum

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The Food Museum

At the Food Museum we help people learn more about food. Where it comes from, how it’s made, the role it’s played down the centuries in shaping how we live our lives.

Museum of Liverpool

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Museum of Liverpool

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.

Educational Visits at RAF Museum, Midlands

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Educational Visits at RAF Museum, Midlands

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!

The Tank Museum

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The Tank Museum

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 and Museum

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Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

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 - Virtual Classroom

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World Museum - Virtual Classroom

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.

World Museum

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World Museum

World Museum offers a fantastic selection of curriculum-linked workshops for schools and groups, from sessions on ancient civilisations, to activities in its planetarium, aquarium and bug house.

RAF Museum Midlands Online Workshops

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RAF Museum Midlands Online Workshops

The RAF Museum Midlands deliver unique live-streamed sessions directly to your school! Whether you want to explore STEM sessions or immerse yourself in history - we have something for you.


International Slavery Museum

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International Slavery Museum

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.

Maritime Museum

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Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum offers two curriculum-linked workshops for schools and groups, both of which look at the Titanic and its passengers.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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Herbert Art Gallery & 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

National Coal Museum Wales

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National Coal Museum Wales

Big Pit explores all aspects of mining, from strikes to disasters, from women in mining communities to the children forced to work underground in the nineteenth century.


The National Waterways Museum

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The National Waterways Museum

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

Scottish Maritime Museum

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Scottish Maritime Museum

The Scottish Maritime Museum contains exhibitions and collections that tell the story of that great maritime tradition. The sites have a collection of vessels that represent 150 years history.

National Waterfront Museum

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National Waterfront Museum

Explore the story of Wales's past, present and future contributions to industry and innovation, via cutting-edge, interactive technology married with traditional displays.

National Museum Cardiff

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National Museum Cardiff

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.


National Railway Museum

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National Railway Museum

Explore the science, technology and history of the railways with the NRM's Learning Team. We offer a range of workshops for all ages to help you get the most out of your visit, all FREE.

Gladstone Pottery Museum

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Gladstone Pottery Museum

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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