Schools programme

Children in victorian clothes peer through a victorian shop window

At The Brampton Museum we have a vibrant programme of curriculum linked workshops for local schools and education groups. We have a large, bright, new education space, with toilets and room for lunch. Our workshops also use the different amazing galleries around the museum, sometimes including our cellar!

Come to us for: drama, hands on learning, making activities, local history, historical enquiry, real artefacts.

Don’t miss:

  • The Brampton Park with its sensory garden, playground, aviary and lots of lovely green space

  • The Vintage Tearoom Cafe (for trip staff to buy that essential, school trip, slice of cake at lunchtime!)

Our workshops

Toys from the past: Story World adventure.

Full day workshop (R,KS1)

With a little bit of story magic, travel back to Victorian times and help a little boy to find his lost toys. Explore the museum and meet characters along the way to help with the search.

As part of our story adventure your children will:

  • find out about old toys from our museum collection
  • play with replica toys in our Victorian parlour
  • explore our toy gallery and Victorian street
  • design and make a toy to keep

Curriculum links: chronology, everyday materials, design. EYFS: Understanding of past and present.

Concepts: cause and effect, similarities and differences.

Bring up to 60 pupils for this workshop on one day.

Nurses from the past: Florence Nightingale (available from November 2023)

Half day workshop (KS1)

Visit our Victorian doctor’s surgery to meet Florence Nightingale. Find out how she became a nurse and see Victorian medical equipment. Then, become nurses and join Florence on her mission to help the sick and injured soldiers in the Crimean War. You will also be able to ask Florence questions as you put her in the hot seat.

Curriculum links: significant individuals

Concepts: continuity and change, technological change, significance

This workshop works well when combined with our Nurses from the Past: Edith Cavell workshop for a full day visit.

Nurses from the past: Edith Cavell (available from November 2023)

Half day workshop (KS1)

Edith Cavell was a brave WW1 nurse. She ran a Red Cross hospital for soldiers in Belgium when it was occupied by enemy forces. In secret, she also helped allied soldiers escape enemy territory, with eventual tragic consequences for herself. Find out about Edith’s story and explore the differences between her experiences and those of Florence Nightingale. Handle replica First World War equipment and make a medal to take back to school.

Curriculum links: significant individuals

Concepts: continuity and change, technological change, significance

This workshop works well when combined with our Florence Nightingale workshop for a full day visit.

Seaside holidays in the past.

Half day workshop (R,KS1)

Help our museum workshop leader go on a seaside holiday in the past. Find out what’s in our old suitcase and explore fascinating objects from the past, including swimming costumes and souvenirs. Dress in our Victorian costumes and have a class photograph taken, then make a souvenir to take back to school.

Curriculum links: events in living memory. EYFS: Understanding of past and present

Concepts: similarities and differences, continuity and change

WW2 local history: evacuees and air raids

Full day workshop (KS2)

In 1940 bombs were dropped on Chesterton in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, causing fatalities and shocking destruction. Your pupils will find out about this tragic event, by becoming evacuee children living in Chesterton. They will then become Air Raid Patrol (ARP) Warden trainees tasked with making Chesterton safer. But beware, the air raid siren could sound at any minute!

During this immersive drama experience your pupils will:

  • explore real WW2 objects from the museum’s collections
  • see local maps and photographs from WW2
  • visit our WW2 town to receive ARP warden training
  • take part in an air raid recreation

Curriculum links: local history study post-1066, primary and secondary evidence

Concepts: continuity and change, conflicti, migration, invasion

Prices and availability

Workshops available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

£7.50 per child for full day workshop (or 2 workshops in a day) 

£5.50 per child for a single workshop 1hr 30mins long.

The minimum charge for a half day is £80 and a full day is £125.

Adults are free of charge.

Workshop times

Arrive 10:00, coach/minibus pick up 14:30. Should your group need to change these times please advise us on booking.

Special requirements

We strive to be an inclusive museum. If there is anything we can do to make your visit easier, please contact Bryony Jackson our Education Officer to discuss your requirements.

Further information and booking

Contact Bryony Jackson our Education Officer.

  • Phone: 01782 742209