Although Brampton Museum is closed due to covid-19 (‘coronavirus’) our website offers information about art and history activities

Heritage from Home 

We know that these times where we can’t visit museums, galleries and archives are hard.

Thankfully they are very creative and have found numerous ways of bringing their collections and services to you during lockdown to keep you all busy and to keep the grey matter going. We also know that our collections can be great for helping people to relax. 

You might want to start looking into your family history, the history of your street or town, learn something new, or just switch off. 

We have put together list of links to activities and online content to get you started. We will be adding to this during this lockdown period. We hope there is something here to interest people of all ages…

A good place to start is the National Lottery Heritage Fund – so much to get your teeth into here.

How to enjoy heritage from home 

Picture shows an old photograph of a family playing musical instruments in a comic style

For Children

Florence Nightingale talks about  Hygiene and Washing Hands.  

Part two Hygiene and Scutari Hospital.

Part three Hygiene and the British Public after the Crimean War.

Family History

If you want to delve into your family history here are guides to get you started

The National Archives

Family History - Getting Started on Your Family Tree - BBC

Family History - Heritage and archives Staffordshire County Council 

The Bawdy Courts of Lichfield

Staffordshire Heritage and Archives have lots of collections online to help with local history research including parish records, court records, wills, coal mining and pottery industry records – well worth having a look at their site- you never know what you might find. Their online catalogue ‘Gateway to the Past’ has a search facility and lists 80% of their holdings.   


Picture Shows an open leather bound book and sepia print of two young children in Victorian dress


If you are interested in old photographs of Newcastle Borough and Staffordshire the place to go to is Staffordshire Past Track. This website includes thousands of images of the county (including images from Brampton Museum) and as well as photographs there are historic maps, objects, documents and some online local history exhibitions. During lockdown new items are being added to the site daily. You can even order copies of some of the images through the site. (During lockdown only digital, emailed images are available).

Staffordshire Past Track

If you don’t know where to start with Staffordshire Past Track here is a handy guide 

Picture shows old photo of the Silverdale Mine Rescue team and a Newcastle Victorian street scene

For children (and adults)

As part of the BBC Homeschool History offer Radio 4 have put together a series of short radio programmes and podcasts by Greg Jenner, of Horrible Histories fame, on a number of subjects – making history fun

 BBC Homeschool History

The Young Archaeologists’ Club has lots of wonderfully inventive hand on activities for children including mummifying an orange, making an archaeological poo and how to apply Georgian make up!

Young Archaeologists' Club  

Picture shows Corprolites archaeological poo

Educational and fun roman computer games…they might not notice they are learning

The Roman Baths - Online games

Picture shows cartoon of people in a roman bath

Archaeology in lockdown

LOTS of information and links here around archaeology…

Archaeology in the time of Corona - Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Volunteers

And relax….

The National Gallery have some amazing resources for lockdown including a five minutes meditation on JMW Turner’s ‘Rain, Steam and Speed’. Give yourself time to really look at a painting. 
The National Gallery 

Picture shows the Turner painting Rain, Steam and Speed
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Last updated 12 May 2020