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Visit Bristol’s Historic Houses
Bristol Museums are places where history comes alive and young minds thrive! The Red Lodge Museum, The Georgian House Museum and Blaise Museum are no exception. Experience exciting handling sessions, costumed role-play, story-telling, gallery activities and career-inspiring ‘meet the expert’ opportunities as you learn about Tudor Bristol, eighteenth century family life and Victorian Christmas traditions. What’s keeping you in the classroom?
Step back in time at Blaise Museum, a period house set in beautiful parkland. Once a family home, it’s now the ideal setting for learning about life in the past with displays of toys, costume and domestic objects. Visit with your friends and family or join us as part of a school visit.
Latest learning sessions include: Toys, Iron Age, A Victorian Christmas, World War Two, Seasons and Habitats. Special events are available for Home Educators and don’t miss the family fun and formal learning activities in school holidays.
Address: Henbury Road, Bristol BS10 7QS
The Red Lodge Museum
Experience 400 years of the Red Lodge’s history – from its origins as a Tudor entertaining space to a Victorian girls’ reform school. Immerse yourself in the splendour of the Great Oak Room and see the beautifully restored knot garden. The Red Lodge Museum is the ideal place for children to learn about life during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Tudor Portraits workshop…
Schools are invited to explore what life was like in Bristol in 1574 when Queen Elizabeth visited the city. Children can unlock the hidden messages in original Tudor portraits, handle objects and dress in costume before making sketches of Dame Joan Young, as she poses in the magnificent Great Oak Room. Find out more.
“Dame Joan Young in role was a captivating surprise for the children and made the workshop purposeful, meaningful and exciting… The experience has always been excellent, but the new format was outstanding!” – Year 4 teacher
Address: Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LJ
The Georgian House Museum
This imposing period house, built around 1790, was once home to a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner. The townhouse, spread over four floors, reveals what life was like above and below stairs. Travel back in time as you take in the elegant furnished rooms and step into the basement kitchen where hard-working servants prepared meals and undertook house-keeping duties.
New literacy workshop for schools…
Join Dot Wordsworth for a Literacy adventure. Take part in English and Drama activities as Dot and housekeeper Mrs Flannel guide you around the home of the Pinney family. Will you solve the case of the missing towel? Find out more.
Address: 7 Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
Also visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed for more amazing learning opportunities
Bristol Museums produces a Learning Newsletter issued once a term. This is an informative way of keeping up to date with latest workshops, exhibitions, news and special offers. Sign up for your copy.
Seasonal opening times apply to the houses. See website for full details: Bristolmuseums.org.uk/learning
Entry to Bristol-Museums is Free. Groups must book in advance. Charges
apply for learning sessions, exhibitions and special events. School
workshops range from £3-£6 per child depending on length of session and
resources required. Accompanying adults are free.
Most school workshops
require a ratio of 1 adult for every 6 children. Adult Groups: 1 in 10 go free.
Various locations in Bristol, see description for details, .
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