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Learning & Discovery for Schools

A visit to the County Museum at Hartlebury is a step back in time for learners of all ages.

Through role-play and immersive learning, pupils can discover over 1000 years of history in this castle location and intriguing stories of Worcestershire’s past.

Whether it’s a lesson with the school teacher in the Victorian Schoolroom, or meeting the servants in the Scullery, children will find out first-hand what life was really like in historic Worcestershire. From costume to caravans, travel to toys there is something for all ages to explore.

“Hartlebury is really great. There’s so much to see and do” KS1 teacher

Why bring your class to Hartlebury?

Hartlebury is full of potential for learning and creativity. A visit can bring learning to life by providing sensory experiences of handling real objects, looking at genuine works of art and artefacts and exploring an historic building. All of our activities are led by experienced staff and support specific schemes of work whilst also helping pupils to make cross-curricular links between different subject areas.

Following their visit, pupils could be encouraged to create a poster, a piece of artwork, design a museum leaflet or produce a piece of drama or poetry based on their experiences of Hartlebury. They could even create their own museum in their classroom!

Schools Activities at The County Museum

We offer the following topics for schools. Please bear in mind that these sessions are guidelines but can be adapted to suit your pupils’ ages and SEN requirements or to suit your educational programme.

  • Victorian Schoolroom – Experience a typical school day in our Victorian schoolroom.
  • Below Stairs – Discover what life would have been like for the servants working in a large Victorian house
  • Toys Through Time – A hands-on activity comparing toys today and toys in the past.
  • Classroom at War – An opportunity for children to experience a day in the life of a Wartime evacuee.
  • Make Do and Mend – Discover what life was like for children during World War Two
  • Homes Long Ago – A hands-on activity comparing our homes today and homes in the past.

Bringing the Museum to You

If you aren’t able to get to the County Museum at Hartlebury for the day, you can still access the county collection through loans boxes or find out more about how we can create the experience of a Museum in Your Classroom.

Plan Your Visit

Contact the museum to check availability on your preferred date, we can provide an outline of museum admission and activity costs as well as details of the workshops on offer. Free preliminary visits for teachers are available and highly recommended.

You can find out more about the museum, general facilities, accessibility and directions on the Visit the County Museum page.

How to book

For more information, to discuss or make a booking for the County Museum at Hartlebury contact Su Vale, Learning and Resources Assistant on 01299 250416 or email museum@worcestershire.gov.uk. See our full location details.

Amazing Facts & Figures

We offer the following topics for schools. Please bear in mind that these sessions are guidelines but can be adapted to suit your pupils’ ages and SEN requirements or to suit your educational programme.

  • Victorian Schoolroom – Experience a typical school day in our Victorian schoolroom.
  • Below Stairs – Discover what life would have been like for the servants working in a large Victorian house
  • Toys Through Time – A hands-on activity comparing toys today and toys in the past.
  • Classroom at War – An opportunity for children to experience a day in the life of a Wartime evacuee.
  • Make Do and Mend – Discover what life was like for children during World War Two
  • Homes Long Ago – A hands-on activity comparing our homes today and homes in the past.

Preparing to Visit

Careful preparation and follow-up are essential if the visit is to provide a learning experience rather than just a day out.

  • Contact the museum to check availability on your preferred date, when we can provide an outline of museum admission and activity costs. Free preliminary visits for teachers are available (highly recommended).
  • Please inform us if any of your pupils have specific learning needs as we can tailor activities to suit your pupils.
  • We request a supervision ratio of 1 adult to every 10 children, 1 to 6 for very young children.
  • Museum Shop “Goody Bags” can be ordered and purchased prior to your visit, which can help if you are short on time. A selection of items to the value of £1.00 or £2.00 can be arranged for each child ready for collection at the end of your visit.
  • A timetable of your visit, including any special arrangements, will be sent to you prior to your visit.

Facilities and General Information

  • Toilets are available in the Museum Reception Building and in a separate block next to the main Museum. Disabled facilities can be found in both locations.
  • The museum building can be accessed by use of the lift or stairs.
  • There are two lunch rooms available for school use. One or both of these will be allocated to your group on booking, depending on the duration of your visit and size of your group.
  • There is both a museum cafe and shop on site. The shop contains a selection of gifts suitable for your pupils’ pockets.
  • We require a minimum of 3 working days’ notice to cancel your visit to Hartlebury. In the event of this notice not being given (with the exception of inclement weather), admission charges will be waived but session and role-play fees will still be charged.

To Book

The Learning Team can provide further information via Teachers’ Packs and ideas for pre- and post-visit activities if required. Please contact them on: 01299 250416 or email museum@worcestershire.gov.uk.

Donate

Now your help is needed to turn the Castle into something really special. This is your opportunity to get involved in the journey to transform Hartlebury Castle. Every donation has an impact on what the Trust is able to achieve.

There are a number of ways that you can donate to the project:

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Volunteer

We want Hartlebury Castle to grow into a major visitor attraction for Worcestershire. Our ambitious plans need your help and support. We need people with determination and commitment who will work together to help us deliver our vision.

Volunteers are central to the future success of Hartlebury Castle.

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