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Learning

The Wisbech & Fenland Museum offers a wide range of ways to learn about and engage with our collections through sessions which can be delivered either at the Museum or at your school (in the Wisbech area).

We have a vibrant and exciting programme for Key Stage One and Two, though we are always happy to develop new sessions for older pupils.

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Session Charges 2017/ 18

Most sessions are available as half day (2 hour), all day (4 hour) or on outreach.

  • Half day - £2.00 per pupil if more than 25 pupils.
  • All day - £3.00 per pupil if more than 25 pupils.
  • Outreach - £100 per day and £75 for half a day.
    No charge is made for accompanying adults.

Special Educational Needs

The Museum is currently developing sessions for pupils with special needs. If you would like to plan a visit or an outreach session for your class, please get in touch with a member of the team.

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Community Loan Boxes

Boxes containing fascinating objects from days gone by have been created from the Museum’s Handling Collection and are available on loan to local schools and community groups.

In addition to the objects the boxes also contain notes, photos, maps and other supporting resources.

The boxes can be used in a number of ways for example to support National Curriculum learning, or in reminiscence sessions.

There is a charge of £10 for loans and boxes which may be borrowed for one or two weeks. For bookings please get in touch.

The only box which must be accompanied on loan is Ancient Egypt (this box can only be used in conjunction with a session led by Museum staff).

The boxes currently available are:

  • Archaeology
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Romans in Fenland
  • Victorian Homes
  • The Fens and Fenland Farming
  • Toys and Games
  • Holidays
  • Health & Beauty
  • Shopping
  • The Home Front
  • Geology (rocks and fossils)

Book now!

To book, please download and return the Schools Booking Form Download document here. If you would like to discuss your requirements, please get in touch. (Prefer to pick up the phone? 01945 583817)

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Getting here

Wisbech & Fenland Museum is in north Cambridgeshire, 40 miles north of Cambridge and under 20 miles from Kings Lynn and Peterborough.

Address: Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 1ES

Visit us

We have a vibrant and exciting programme for Key Stage One and Two, though we are always happy to develop new sessions for older pupils.

From handling replica objects and trying on costumes in our workshops and gallery sessions, to the ever-changing exhibition and displays programme, the Wisbech & Fenland Museum is the place to bring students to experience inspirational learning.

Key Stage One

Changes within Living Memory

Learn how life used to be for Great Grandma in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and develop basic observation and investigation skills through a variety of domestic objects

Toys Through the Ages

Discovering how toys change due to materials and technology advances. Identifying materials and their properties, playing with old toys, including Victorian toys and making simple toys.

Victorian Day

This is a very flexible day which can be tailored in duration and content to your requirements. Topics include wash day, identifying and matching old and new materials, handling original toys, playing with replica toys, following the Museum trail. Children are welcome to come in costume! Please get in touch to arrange your day.

Shopping

Wisbech has been a market town since Saxon times. Explore objects and images to discover how shopping, packaging and advertising have developed.

Dangers at Sea

Exploring the life of sailors through object handling, a gallery trail plus Pirates activities.

There has never been a better time to bring your pupils to the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. To book, please download and return the Schools Booking Form Download document here. If you would like to discuss your requirements, please get in touch. (Prefer to pick up the phone? 01945 583817)

We offer an exciting programme of workshops, exhibition group visits, gallery-based discovery sessions and hands-on activities that bring the curriculum alive through our incredible collections and surroundings.

Key Stage Two

The Ancient Egyptians

An opportunity to find out about life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt by handling original artefacts. Develop observation and deduction skills in this hands-on session.

Victorians

Comparison of rich and poor children looking at homes, toys and clothes plus discovering the crimes that children committed who were incarcerated in Wisbech prison during the 1800’s. An enquiry based session using objects, maps and photos to find out about how life changed in Wisbech during the Victorian era. Suitable for older KS2 children. We can include Richard Young and the Port of Wisbech in this session.

The Fens and Farming

This session uses artefacts and gallery trails to discover the history of the fens and farming. You can also meet a “Wise woman” to discover how you would be treated for various illnesses.

Romans in Fenland

An evidence-based session looking at why the Romans came to Fenland and what impact their settlement had on the area. Pupils will the learn basic archaeological skills of excavation, recording and identifying artefacts.

Thomas Clarkson and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

This session takes a look at the achievements of Wisbech-born anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson. Through gallery trails, handling and role play, pupil will also acquire an understanding of the complex transatlantic slave trade. Suitable for older KS2 pupils.

Victorian Homes

Find out what life was like for the Victorians by handling domestic artefacts and taking part in wash day. Whole day session includes rag rug making.

World War II: The Home Front

Wisbech received thousands of evacuees during the war years. Find out how local life changed during the war years by handling original artefacts.

The Saxons or Vikings

Which includes a display of household utensils, foods (some of which can be tasted), weaponry, clothes to try on and crafts demonstrated.

Stone Age

This includes object handling, gallery trail plus making paint and creating a cave painting picture. Tools and equipment available at the time.

Bronze Age

This includes object handling and gallery trail plus making and decorating a Bronze Age pot. Developing a materials/metals and rocks/fossils/dinosaur session.

There has never been a better time to bring your pupils to the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. To book, please download and return the Schools Booking Form Download document here. If you would like to discuss your requirements, please get in touch. (Prefer to pick up the phone? 01945 583817)

The Museum Library

To book, please click here.

The Library of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum is a reference library and compromises c. 12,000 volumes. Two distinct collections of books are represented in the Library. • The first is the library of the Wisbech Literary Society established in the town in 1781 • The second consists of the books of the Townshend Bequest (Chauncy Hare Townshend 1798-1868) acquired by the Museum in 1868

The Literary Society's books were accumulated during the century of its existence and present in the subjects selected the taste of different generations of readers. Works of History, Biography, Medicine, Travel and Exploration are much more plentiful than those of Fiction or Drama and Theological and Political literature are almost excluded.

Mr Townshend's library is equal in number to those of the Literary Society but is wider in the range of topics. His collection is typical of 'a gentleman of wealth and great culture' and variety of tastes. It contained works of fiction - both English and Foreign - General Literature and the Sciences. A catalogue of the collection was published in 1882.


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