The museum is open!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were closed for 5 months. We’ve launched an emergency appeal as we’re dependent on our admission income and have limited cash reserves. You can donate by clicking here.
We recommend pre-booking. Please see our Visitor Information page for our new opening times and booking information.


The Museum Education Service

COVID-19 Update – Please note we are currently reviewing our learning offer. An update will follow soon. For individual enquiries please contact Pippa Griffith on

The service provides a wide variety of inspirational, quality, hands-on experiences for pupils of all ages to learn outside the classroom.

Museum objects can also be loaned to your school for handling sessions.

Schools’ Programme.

To discuss details contact the Education Officer on 01884 256295 or email

Term Time Activities for Schools and Groups

Activity sessions include lots of hands-on opportunities to enrich learning and provide children with memorable experiences in History and across the curriculum.

A wide range of topics are available – or sessions can be planned to suit your needs – just ask!

Handling Collections

We currently have 27 collections of artifacts, documents and photographs available on loan.

School Membership

School group membership offers several advantages including:

  • entrance fee for assisted visits reduced by £1 per child, which could result in a saving of £30 per class per visit
  • free entrance for all children for unassisted visits
  • 6 free handling collections per academic year

Click here for full details.


We provide help with visit planning and a free risk assessment visit for teachers.

Special Educational Needs

We welcome groups with special educational needs and can adapt many of our activities to your requirements.

Useful Links and Resourses

We aim to continue to support your topic in the classroom after your visit. As well as loans of object boxes we can support techer’s research in the research library and can sometimes provide you with further resources or point you in the direction of other organisations who can.

For FREE newspaper teaching resources relating to WW1 & WW2 contact Historic Newspapers.