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School visits to Walsall Museum


A visit to Walsall Museum is a great way to bring learning to life and to inspire creativity.

Unique Storytelling sessions for primary schools in June 2014

Enhance learning and enrich the teaching of the primary English curriculum with our special storytelling sessions based around our historic Bayard’s Colts.

In June 2014 we have four sessions available within the Central Library & Museum building for local primary schools to work with international storyteller Anna Conomos to learn storytelling techniques and create stories inspired by the Museum’s historic Bayard’s Colts.  Each of these clubs has a strange story to tell and Anna will be taking the pupils on a journey of discovery with interactive exercises, costumes and props that will inspire their imagination and encourage them to create unique plots, rhymes, rhythms and crazy characters which they will enjoy performing to one another and writing about in class. The sessions will enable pupils to develop new skills in speaking and listening, working as a group and participating in drama activities, and will help them discover local history.  

This unique opportunity is offered as part of the Tat Man Tales project for which the Museum has received funding from the Arts Council and as such in unaffected by current proposals around the closure of the Museum.  

The sessions are suitable for either KS1 or KS2, last for 1 ½ hours and are designed for a maximum of 30 pupils per session. The cost is just £1 per child and the sessions will be available during the weeks commencing 2nd and 9th June, apart from Mondays and Tuesdays.  

Bookings are on a first come, first served basis, so please contact us straight away to be involved in this exciting opportunity.  The Museum can be contacted on 01922 653116 or museum@walsall.gov.uk.

   

We also offer a regular range of sessions for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 which support the primary history curriculum, the primary art and design and design and technology curriculums and the International Primary Curriculum.  Our sessions mix facilitated and self-led elements to create a rich and engaging learning experience.

All sessions are designed for a class of 30 pupils.

The sessions we offer for school visits are as follows:

Sister Dora  

   

An exciting interactive workshop suitable for KS1 and KS2.  Pupils use the museum’s handling and permanent collections, replica costume and documentary evidence to explore the life and times of Sister Dora, Walsall’s own nursing heroine.

This workshop supports study of local history within the history curriculum and local heroes and heroines.

The session lasts 1 ¼ hours in total.

Fashion

A stimulating hands-on workshop suitable for KS1 and KS2.  Pupils use the museum’s displays, historic costume collections and replica costume to explore changing fashions through time.

This workshop supports the Clothing and Music: Fashion milepost in the International Primary Curriculum and the investigation of materials, patterns, colours, textures and shapes in the primary art and design and design and technology curriculums.  

The session lasts 1 ¼ hours in total.

Local History    

An inspiring workshop exploring  the rich and varied history of Walsall and its borough, using the museum’s handling and permanent collections and replica costume to create an immersive experience for pupils.  

This workshop supports study of local history within the history curriculum.

The session lasts 1 ¼ hours in total.

Museum Detectives    

An entirely self-led visit for schools which is free of charge.  Suitable for KS2.  We provide an accompanying resource pack for the visit which offers a range of exciting activities to explore the Museum’s displays and the borough’s history.  Pupils use drama, replica costume and original handling artefacts.

The session supports the history, English and citizenship curriculums.

The session lasts 1 ½ hours in total.

All of our sessions and other school visits to the Museum must be booked with us in advance.  A full information pack containing all the details of the session will be sent out on booking.

Want to get more from your visit?

In order to get more from your trip out of school a visit to Walsall Museum can be combined with a trip to either or both of Walsall Leather Museum and the New Art Gallery.  All three venues are located within a short walk of each other in the town centre.

Both Walsall Leather Museum and the New Art Gallery can offer sessions for schools which complement the sessions on offer at Walsall Museum.

For schools wishing to bring groups of over 30 pupils to visit Walsall Museum an ideal solution is to combine a visit to Walsall Museum with a visit to one of these two other sites. Groups can be split between the sites doing a session at each site and then swapping over so that all pupils get to do a session at each site.

Useful information

  • We can accommodate class groups of up to 30 children at a time.  All groups coming to the museum must have the appropriate ratio of adults to children. At KS1 this is one adult per eight children, at KS2 this is one adult per ten children.
  • The museum has a dedicated education room which is utilised in our pre-booked sessions, this room has an adjacent toilet facility.  There are further toilet facilities on the ground floor of the building in the Lending Library.
  • The Museum is located on the first floor of the Central Library & Museum building.  There is both lift and stair access to the first floor.
  • All museum staff are CRB checked.
  • A coach drop-off point is located on Tower Street at the side of the building, please ask us when booking about parking for coaches in the town.
  • We can provide risk assessment information for school visits, please ask us when booking.

Transport

Walsall Community Transport, a non profit making organisation, is able to offer affordable transport for schools.  

To find out more please contact 01922 685 555 or email enquiries@walsallct.org.uk.

Booking a school visit

Walsall Museum is closed on a Monday and opens at 10am on other days.  To book your visit or for further information please contact us using the contact details below.  We will be very happy to discuss your requirements with you.

Contact us

Walsall Museum
Lichfield Street
Walsall
WS1 1TR

Telephone 01922 653116
Email museum@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 26 September 2014