Craven Museum at Skipton Town Hall

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Craven Museum at Skipton Town Hall

Craven Museum and Gallery reopened its doors on 21st June 2021 after a fantastic £4.7m redevelopment project at Skipton Town Hall. The new dedicated Education Room with state of the art facilities and fascinating Museum collections will make history come alive and enhance young people’s access to arts and heritage.

Our fabulous new workshops have been developed for, and in consultation with, teachers and education staff, and all are provided with curriculum outcomes and pre & post-workshop resources. We offer a range of learning activities to meet a variety of curriculum links including history, geography, local history and chronology, drama, English, art and STEM. Pupils will participate in activities and handle real and replica objects to develop their cross-curricular knowledge.

Educators can choose from 10 new workshops:

KS1 Exploring Art– Explore the amazing artworks at Craven Museum & Gallery whilst discovering how to read a painting and how to talk about art.

KS1 Toys through Time– Using a variety of toys and games, pupils will explore the past with Museum experts – this is a special session, where bringing and showing your own toys is encouraged! Pupils will be encouraged to identify and describe different materials and techniques.

KS1 & KS2 Victorian Craven– In our local history study of homes of the past, find out what life was like just over 100 years ago, with real and replica objects and census records to explore and investigate. Join Victorian children Elizabeth and Richard to discover how people lived and worked in the past. Younger pupils will also learn how the Victorians washed and cared for clothes.

KS2 Exploring Craven’s Caves- Discover the diverse landscapes of Craven formed by water, earthquakes and glaciers over 500 million years! Explore objects, photographs and first-hand accounts to learn more about cave formation, cave exploration and the uses of caves through time.

KS2- Industrial Craven– Learn how the Industrial Revolution changed lives in Craven and in Britain. Pupils will identify important inventions and developments, including development of transport and life working in the mills.

KS2 Romans in Craven– Using a mixture of real and replica objects from our Roman Collection, pupils will use evidence from the forts and villas of Roman Craven to understand how people lived in the past. Explore the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain with hands-on activities and games.

KS2 Stone Age to Iron Age- Join our team as we explore the Museum’s Prehistory Collection and investigate the changes that took place from the Stone Age to Iron Age! Young archaeologists will create timelines and identify prehistoric tools discovered in Craven.

KS3 World War One– Explore the First World War and how it affected people in Craven. Using real artefacts older pupils will investigate Craven’s Home Front and Skipton’s prisoner of war camp.

KS2 World War Two- Discover how people living in Craven were affected by the Second World War by exploring objects, photographs and first-hand accounts as evidence.

In addition to workshops combined with Museum visits, we are also able to offer streamed workshops, outreach visits and FREE handling collection loan boxes. Our Discovery loan boxes enhance classroom learning and encourage your class to discover and learn through engaging with real and replica objects. Each box centres around a theme and contains instructions on handling museum objects safely. The themes of the boxes range from Geology, Medieval Life, Victorian work and school life.

For more information about learning activities at Craven Museum & Gallery, please visit



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Guide Dogs Welcome,


Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






01756 706397

Opening Hours

Museum Education Visit opening hours 09:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday


Workshop with Museum & Gallery visit + exclusive use of Education Room & Facilities £5 per child, teachers FOC


High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1AH

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