School News

Free visit for teachers: Saturday 30th March 2019

On Saturday 30 March, you are invited to our Spring Teacher Preview Day to find out more about the Museum and what we offer for school groups. Enjoy free entry to our 40-acre site for you and up to two guests, as well as a welcome pack including free resources and refreshments on arrival.

The day provides an opportunity for you to talk to our specialist schools team about the large variety of workshops we offer. Team members will be on hand to discuss your specific requirements and how we can arrange a bespoke visit to suit your needs, including cross-curricular links where desired.

Explore the whole Museum site, including the March Historic Life weekend: Museum Makers.

To book your place please email [email protected] and give your name, school name and those of your two guests.


Twilight Teacher Sessions

Why not join us for one of our short, free after-school sessions for CPD or to find out more before a visit.

We will gather in the new café for tea and cake, then go out to explore the site with schools learning materials.

  • Literacy, KS2 – Thursday 14 March
  • Science, KS2 – Tuesday 30 April
  • Science, KS3 – Tuesday 30 April
  • The Saxon building – Wednesday 8 May

To register interest or book please email your name and school name, with your chosen session, to: [email protected]


Shakespeare Week 2019

Calling all schools

Book now for a special day of literacy, drama and history activities during this year’s Shakespeare Week. In this full day of workshops your group will learn about everyday life in Shakespeare’s England and ‘As You Like It’.
Suitable for KS2-KS3.

The day will finish with a group performance to showcase the skills learned during the day.

This year activities take place on 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 28 March.

£9.50 per pupil for a full day of workshops.
Pre-booking essential.

To book please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]


Schools Newsletter January 2019

Our latest Schools Newsletter is available now. Why not take a look to find out more about activities happening at the Museum this term:

Weald & Downland Schools Newsletter January 2019 – Primary

Weald & Downland Schools Newsletter January 2019 – Secondary

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a booking then please call us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]



An exciting, creative group for 8-12 year olds at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

We meet for a half-day on a Saturday once a month.

Don’t miss out – sign up and join us today!

A half-day Saturday once a month (see details below).

Within the historic houses of our Museum.

Who is it for?
It’s for 8 to 12 year-olds. The group will be friendly, informal and fun, with a small team of Museum leaders who will be there every session too. We’ll expect everyone to get along and help each other – there will be lots to do each time!

What will they do?
Lots of different indoor and outdoor activities! Craft activities, helping with a rural life weekend, the ‘worst jobs’ in history, calligraphy, natural navigation/survival skills, foal watch, music, Olympics/games day, library team day, and much more…

There is also an optional overnight camp each August.


Your child can join the History Gang at any time during the year and sessions for 2019 will run on the following dates:

  • February 16th
  • March 16th
  • April 13th
  • May 18th
  • June 15th
  • July 27th
  • September 21st
  • October 19th
  • November 16th

Please see these two documents for details:

If you have any difficulty accessing these documents or have a question, please contact Sally on 01243 811459 or [email protected].

Winter Workshops 2019

Bookings are now being taken for our 2019 Winter Workshops.

If you plan to visit us during December 2018 through to February 2019, why not take part in one of our special whole day programmes, which can be tailored to suit the time period you are studying.

We offer sessions with Victorian, Tudor or medieval focus, or our popular Anglo-saxon history and literacy option involving a story from Beowulf.

Cost: £9.50 per pupil, including entry and a full day of workshops.

Maximum 60 children per day.

For more details please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]

Of Christmas Past: December 2018

How was Christmas celebrated in the past? What foods did they eat? How did they decorate? Join us at the Museum this December to discover the answer to these questions and more.

New for 2018 we are pleased to offer a series of workshops with a festive theme. These 45 minute sessions can be booked as stand alone workshops for your visit or can be added into your day as part of our winter workshop package.

Many of the sessions can be tailored to suit the time period you are studying or can offer a chance for students to compare and contrast across the ages. Options include:

Traditional Festive Music: Get your voices in tune for a festive sing-a-long! After discovering a brief history of carols students will have a chance to learn some simple songs and sing them together around a lit fire or in one of our historic buildings .

‘Twas the Night before Christmas…’: After listening to a short festive story students will visit areas of the Museum that have been prepared for Christmas as inspiration to put together a Christmas tale of their own. This literacy focused session will encourage creative thinking and the use of descriptive language.

A Very Victorian Christmas: The Filkins family in Whittaker’s Cottage need to get ready for Christmas! Help get the house decorated for the festive celebrations while learning about Victorian traditions and making some common Victorian decorations.

Cooking Up Christmas: Prepare for a traditional Tudor celebration by creating decorative marchpane and discovering the secrets or a real festive Tudor feast!

All of the above sessions last for 45 minutes and are suitable for up to 15 students at a time.

For more details or to discuss creating a bespoke visit for your pupils please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected].

National Tree Week: 27 – 30 November 2018

November once again sees the celebration National Tree Week and now you can get involved too! At the Weald & Downland Living Museum we are now taking bookings for a special programme of workshops for school groups to look at the wonders of our woodland.

During this full day of workshops students will have a chance to discover the many ways our ancestors used trees, take a walk in the woodland area of our Museum, hear a short woodland themed story and create their own, and even plant an acorn to grow at home or school!

Designed to complement the Science, English and History curriculum, this fun and hands on day of
activities can be booked for £9.50 per pupil for a maximum of 60 children per day.

For more details or to book please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]

Free drop in conference for teachers: Celebrating Education Beyond the Classroom

Weald & Downland Living Museum are pleased to be attending School Trips: Celebrating Education Beyond the Classroom conference in Portsmouth on Wednesday 27th June.

This free event gives teachers the chance to discover exciting local opportunities and all the fantastic support that is available to them, particularly when delivering curriculum subjects that may not be their specialist area. Drop in to gather helpful information and to discuss options with providers with a wealth of experience organising school visits.

Based in the heart of Portsmouth this free conference aims to support teachers outside of the classroom, showcasing the best school trips within the Portsmouth area. Whether it is gaining inspiration from the selection of keynote speeches, quizzing professionals with extensive experience of school trips, or saving yourself some valuable time in gathering the information you need for next years trip, you are sure to find what you are looking for at this event.

So why not make the most of your PPA or lunch time on Wednesday 27th June and pop along to Pompey in the Community (right next to Fratton Park) between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Register for your free place here.