Museum Led Sessions
We offer these sessions at £1.50 per child with a minimum charge of £30.00 and a maximum of 30 children per session.
Each session lasts around one hour and is led by a member of our experienced team.
Explore our woodland with our friendly Witch who will take you on a journey around her home in the woodland. Listen as she weaves her magic words into wonderful stories.
Key Stage One
Victorian School Room
Explore what life was like for children at a Victorian School. We will take you back to 1901, dress you in costumes and give you slates on which to practice your writing and arithmetic. You will even get the chance to chant your tables and recite the alphabet. You’ll be encouraged to look at the similarities and the differences between a Victorian classroom and your own. There may even be a chance to discuss nits!
Key Stage 1+2
Why were trams invented? What were they like? How did they work? What did the crews do? What is the future for trams? These are some of the questions that we will try to answer on our journey through time from the 1860’s to the present day. We use role play and dressing up in this interactive session that brings the history of trams to life.
Art and design – What is Sculpture?
We begin by exploring what sculpture is, where it can be found and the different meanings sculptures convey. Using sculptures that can be found at the museum we will examine the different materials and methods used and how they are affected by weathering processes. We will also tell the stories behind the sculptures.
Using our woodlands we will explore what a habitat is and discover the variety of life that inhabits it. We will make food chains and get tied up with string to make food webs before going off to explore and discover the variety of life that abounds in the different habitats on our site.
Become explorers from another world, sent to discover what life on Earth is like. Equipped with bug boxes, magnifying glasses and insect identification sheets, you find out how to capture, identify and record what you find. Travel back to your home world and share your discoveries.
When you arrive you’ll be met by the Billeting Officer. Through role play (teachers included) you will discover how every evacuee found a place to stay even if they had to share a bed. Children will be checked for nits and good behaviour. Once billeted you get the opportunity to handle some real objects from the period which help to illustrate the Home Front during the War. Children are encouraged to share their discoveries with each other and maybe find out a little bit more. Some of the topics covered include, gas masks, jobs and rationing.
This session can be extended to a half day WW2 Special, adding Spy School and Song and Dance to the itinerary.
Key Stage 2
We start with a photograph of a Victorian Tramway from our archive. This leads us to explore through role play and the use of artefacts, the themes of work and the Victorian class structure. We look at the jobs (stable lad through to owner) and lives of the people who worked on the horse tramway and how tramways affected society.
Key Stage 2/3
Life in a Suitcase
Mr. Cockle was a tram driver all of his life and he has kept many of the artefacts connected to his job in an old brown suitcase. Let him tell you the story of his life on the trams, from being a Conductor to a Driver. You’ll get the chance to try on a uniform, handle a ticket machine, tickets and old money, find out how a Tram was driven and what happened when people didn’t follow the rules. You can decide the fate of the rule breakers!
Leisure and Tourism
Groups can choose to study either Customer Care or Marketing with all of the sessions being tailored to the needs of each group. Crich Tramway Village is used as an example to explore the roles of Customer Care or Marketing in a business. All students are provided with a work pack containing staff structure charts, examples of good practice and worksheets to help to focus them on their tasks.
To contact the Learning Department for more details or to book activities use the Educational Enquiry form, or ring 01773 854328.
Winners of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2011