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Great Museums to Visit

Written by: Elmtree Press

We are fortunate to have such a great diversity of excellent museums in the country.  Many have superbly planned educational resources and workshops.  Before planning your school trip, it is always a good idea to check the museum’s website first as they will have lots of information and sometimes some downloadable information and worksheets to augment your visit.

Here are some great places to visit

Bucklers Hard Museum in the New Forest

Buckler’s Hard was once a hive of shipbuilding activity, providing ships for Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.  This historic village, its maritime museum and historic cottage interiors are the focus for educational programmes on shipbuilding and 18th century domestic life, meeting the needs of the modern curriculum areas of history and geography. All programmes are hosted by friendly, knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff and can be adapted to different age groups’ educational needs and for particular interests.

Bank of England Museum

This fascinating Museum tells the story of the Bank since its foundation in 1694 to its role at the centre of the economy. Interactive displays, audio-visuals, games and artefacts help explain its many and varied roles. It hosts a variety of exhibits and displays including a rollerball game, jigsaws and an interactive timeline that navigates through the history of the financial storms. One of the more popular exhibits allows visitors to take the helm of a virtual boat to set monetary policy to keep inflation on a stable course. Other displays include a one-million-pound note, and a genuine gold bar which can be held!

Bristol Museums

Bristol Museums’ Learning programme is delivered across five historic sites: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Blaise Castle House Museum, The Red Lodge Museum and The Georgian House Museum.

At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery workshops include: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greeks, Rocks & Fossils, Portraits, Landscapes and Dinosaur Takeover!  
M Shed workshops cover Bristol history: Chocolate, Ships and Sailors, World War One, World War Two, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Significant Bristol People and Bristol through Time.
At Bristol’s historic houses workshops come alive with a Victorian schoolroom, Tudor Portraits and a Georgian townhouse kitchen. Don’t miss the Giant Outdoor Adventure Story at Blaise Estate this summer.
Children learn through interactive experiences. Sessions involve object handling, costumed role-play, meet the expert opportunities and special gallery activities tailored to age and curriculum needs.