After a successful autumn term of school visits, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back in the new year. When you visit, you will find some of our workshops have changed a little to accommodate increased hygiene and social distancing measures. The overall quality of workshops and visits remains as high as you have come to expect from us. We are proud to say we are ‘Good To Go’.

For Spring 2022, we are delighted to be introducing our new ‘Drawing from Nature’ workshop. We are currently welcoming school visits on set dates – see the ‘when can we book’ section below.

We have considered the relaxation of restrictions and taken the decision that our measures will remain in place for the time being. This means visits will continue to be for a single class only, for a maximum of 30 pupils. During your visit, pupils will be split into two groups so that we can effectively manage social distancing measures in our galleries. Two workshops will run alongside each other and, following a short break, the groups will swap over.

Four workshops will run for visits during the spring term of 2022 and are charged at £5 + VAT per student. We will be regularly reviewing our approach as we go through 2022.

What Am I? KS1 & 2

Have you ever wondered what a Museum Curator does? Learn how to investigate and read objects by looking closely, asking questions, and making deductions using objects from the Museum’s collection which includes textiles, musical instruments, and world culture items.

Museum Safari, KS1 & 2

Explore the Museum’s animal dioramas. See different habitats that Percy experienced and spot some of the incredible animals that he encountered. This session focuses on adaptation, food chains, and habitats.

Percy’s Adventures, KS1

This is an interactive storytelling session where your group uses objects, drawings, and clues to find out about the real-life adventures of Percy Powell-Cotton. Become a detective and use the objects and clues to decide what you think happened when Percy met a lion. Then listen to Percy’s account to see if you were right.

Drawing from Nature, KS1 & KS2

New for 2022! Drawing from Nature brings Art and Science together through looking closely and drawing our collection of animal skulls and bird taxidermy. It’s a fascinating way to compare animals and look at their teeth. This session works well with Museum Safari.

Suggested Itinerary

Class split into two groups of 15 students
Time Group 1 Group 2
10:00 Arrival
10:05-10:15 Snack & Toilet Break
10:05 – 10:50 Workshop Choice B 
10:15 – 11:00 Workshop Choice A 
10:55 – 11:10 Snack & Toilet Break
Change over Change over
11:15 – 12:00 Workshop Choice B Workshop Choice A
12:10 Lunch & Gardens access Lunch & Gardens access
13:30 – 14:00 All aboard the coach and goodbyes All aboard the coach and goodbyes

What kind of visit can we book?

We have carefully considered how to accommodate schools with COVID-safe measures. We will continue to operate in this way and will review our approach as we go forward. Therefore, only workshop visits will be available this academic year, 2021/22.

What are the school visit dates for 2022?

We are excited to offer school visits on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

What time can we visit?

Workshops will run 10am-12noon and will include a break. After your workshop you can stay to eat lunch and play in the gardens. The Museum will not be open to any other visitors during your visit.

Are there any additional charges apart from the workshop?

We have kept the pricing of our visits very simple for this year. The charge is £5 + vat per student and covers all of the costs of the visit including the workshop. We never charge for teachers.

Is there a minimum group number?

We have no minimum group size. However, we are only able to accommodate one class per week to allow for the quarantining of handling objects. We have chosen Tuesdays or Wednesdays as our preferred school visits day. We can be a little flexible about this though. Speak to us to discuss.

How many teachers can come on the visit?

Whilst we are trying to manage capacity to meet the measures in our COVID risk assessment, we ask that only the minimum number of teachers accompany the group. We will not be able to accommodate additional parents or volunteer helpers at this time.

School years 1-3, (age 5-7 years) one adult for every six pupils 1:6

School years 4-6, (age 7-11 years) one adult for every 10 to 15 pupils 1:10/15

Will we have exclusive use of the museum during our visit?

The museum, house and gardens are currently closed for day to day visits whilst we undertake a programme of re-imagining. During this time, you can expect to be the only visitors in the museum. You may see staff, researchers or volunteers during your visit but for the most part, you have exclusive access.

Can we have lunch at the museum or bring a picnic?

We are happy for schools to bring a picnic and enjoy the lawns to the back of the museum. We will provisionally book our function room as a back up plan for wet weather, however taking lunch outdoors will be the preferred plan.

Can we visit the gardens?

Yes, your school group can visit the lawns and woodland at the back of the museum. The walled garden will not be accessible. Please note that we now have beehives in the woodland however they are set back and have been considered in the gardens risk assessment.

Have you got a COVID-19 risk assessment?

All our risk assessments for learning visits have been reviewed in light of the current circumstances. Please contact our learning team directly for more information. We are happy to discuss and amend risk assessments with teachers to ensure a safe and well-planned visit.

Can I make a familiarisation visit?

We are happy for you to pop in for a familiarisation visit however, please contact us to book a time and date as we are currently closed for day to day visits and partly working from home.

How do we book?

Please contact our learning team directly to enquire about availability. We will then ask you to complete a booking form and discuss any special requirements or needs your group has. We are always pleased to adapt the visit to ensure the most valuable learning experience for all your students.

Meet the learning team

We have two Learning and Engagement Officers working at the museum. They are passionate about making visits valuable learning experiences for all. When you contact our learning team you will talk to:

Emma-Jayne Hamlington, Learning and Engagement Officer – The Powell-Cotton Museum
Fiona Moore, Learning and Engagement Officer – The Powell-Cotton Museum