Abingdon County Hall Museum offers free hands-on cross-curricular workshops and self led gallery resources that will support and enhance learning in the classroom. The workshops are brought to life within the grand County Hall building where object-handling, challenges and trails are conducted. Teachers and history co-ordinators are welcome to get in touch with our education team to discuss the arrangements for your visit. Alternatively, please fill in a copy of our School Booking Form and forward to firstname.lastname@example.org and Tristan will get in touch to confirm your booking.
Call us on 01235 523703 to find out more and book a visit.
Our programme of FREE workshops are led by an experienced workshop leader with each session lasting 45 minutes. Self led gallery resources complement the themed workshops and support a variety of learning styles and abilities enabling every pupil to engage with the workshops and gallery displays.
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Abingdon before the Abbey (KS1 & KS2)
Examine our oldest artefacts as we discover life in Abingdon from Prehistoric times through to the Stone Age, up to the Iron Age.
Life in Roman Abingdon (KS1 & KS2)
Experience life as a Roman and handle finds from the Roman villa at Barton Court Farm.
Anglo-Saxon Abingdon (KS1 & KS2)
Join us as we journey back in time to a Thane’s hall in order to find out about life and culture in Anglo-Saxon times.
A Monk’s Life (KS2)
Uncover what life was like inside a Benedictine Abbey.
Below Stairs, Above Stairs (KS1 & KS2)
Compare how servants and householders experienced life in Victorian and Edwardian homes.
Toy Box (suitable for KS1, EYs and SEND)
Look at our range of toys to see how toys have varied over time and enjoy trying some traditional toys and games.
The River Thames in Abingdon (KS2)
Look at the River Thames to examine its historical and geographical features and how they have helped shape modern Abingdon.
Hands on History (KS1 & KS2)
Cover Abingdon’s local history by handling objects from the Stone Age through to the present day.
Abingdon at War – WWII (KS2)
Explore how life at home changed during World War II. What was it like to be an evacuee sent here?
Abingdon at War – WW I (KS2)
Discover how individual stories help us build a picture of life 100 years ago. A handling workshop with diary extracts, postcards, newspaper adverts and more.
“Hats off to History” (suitable for KS1, EYs and SEND)
A wonderful introduction to history with a mixture of role play and historical artefacts to help bring the past to life and engage younger children’s curiosity.
Remarkable Creatures (EYs, KS1 & KS2)
A chance to be a young archaeologist and examine ammonites, belemnites, pliosaurs and our very own ichthyosaur.
We can also develop workshops around your curricular needs, simply contact the museum education office on 01235 523703 to find out how we can help!
The museum also provides online workshops, tailored to your group’s requirements, as well as trails, games and activities specifically made for school classes. Please fill in a copy of our School Virtual Workshops Form.
All group visits must be booked in advance. To book your visit please contact email@example.com or call 01235 523703
What some of our schools have said after a visit to us:
‘Excellent – fitted superbly into our scheme of work’ Larkmead School
‘Very well organised and welcoming- the children were really engaged’ Rush Common School
‘The (object) handling was brilliant. It really motivated the children and sparked up more interest in the topic’ Carswell School
‘The workshop gave all staff increased knowledge and the children thoroughly enjoyed the visit – it really motivated their learning. Thank you’ St Nicolas School