KS3 – Post-16

Our sessions provide opportunities for learners to interact, discuss, create, question and develop opinions based on evidence.  We aim to give children and young people fun, and memorable learning experiences that will inspire their curiosity.

  • Handle real artefacts
  • Investigate documents from the archive
  • National curriculum links
  • 2hour 30min morning sessions

‘The pupils really did get a lot out of their visit and we have come back to school with fantastic prints, inspiration and pupils who have a thirst for learning’ — KS3 textile teacher, Textile Traditions

‘Very positive feedback from the class. A great experience’ — KS4 history teacher, American West


Learning Sessions

Learning sessions take place in the mornings and last for 2 hours 30mins (with a break), we recommend arriving at 9.45am for a 10am-12.30pm session.

During the session, 1 hour will be spent in the Museum and 1 hour will be spent either investigating artefacts and documents or taking part in art activities in our education space (depending on your session choice).

You are very welcome to stay for lunch in our undercover picnic area, and visit the rest of the Museum and gardens self-led in the afternoon.


American West

Learn to discern fact from fiction as you use artefacts to uncover the history of the American West.  Discover how and why American territories expanded in the 19th century, and explore the impact this had on Native Americans.

Links: AQA— America, 1840-1895: Expansion and consolidation

OCR History B — The Making of America, 1789-1900

Edexcel — The American West, c.1835-1895

Cost: £120 per class (c.30 pupils)


Understanding Slavery in America

Use the Museum’s archive and handling collections to uncover the experiences of enslaved people, explore forms of resistance and reveal some of slavery’s lasting legacies in the United States.

Links: KS3 History — Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

OCR History A — Migration & Empire 1688-c.1730

OCR History B — The Making of America, 1789-1900

Cost: £120 per class (c.30 pupils)


Native American Art

Explore objects created by native peoples from across America, including totem poles, feast spoons, beaded moccasins, and kachina dolls, before taking part in a creative workshop.

Links: Art and design, history.

Cost: £130 per class (c.30 pupils)


Textile Traditions

Discover the Museum’s famous collection of quilts, Navajo blankets, rugs, and samplers. Take a closer look at our textiles handling collection and create your own lino cut printed fabric.

Links: Design and technology, Art and design, history.

Cost: £150 per class (c.30 pupils)


2017 Learning Dates:

Tuesday – Friday, 18 March – 29 October

Tuesday – Friday, 23 November – 17 December

 If the required date for your learning session falls outside of this period, please get in touch to see if we can arrange an outreach session at your school.

Tours and Self-led Visits

We also offer morning tours of the period rooms (before 11.15am) and self-led visits during regular museum opening times, booking is essential.

Please get in touch to book or for more information, on 01225 820866 or use our contact form.