Museum Learning – for Schools​ / Youth Organisations

“Hands-on History to Inspire, Engage & Create”

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Olivia welcomes you to this page and looks forward to your enquiry!

If you are interested in any of our schools or youth programmes, workshops or tours please complete and submit the form below.

Learning Activity Officer Schools / Organisation Contact Form

Please submit this form with your query or to register your interest in a schools learning workshop or activity. Please note that once you have submitted the form successfully you will lose the form display. To submit a second query please refresh or leave this page and then return to this page.

(Alternatively you could leave a message for Olivia on 01457 874 093 between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Whilst the above form will send an email for the initial contact you an always email Olivia directly on learning@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk )

LATEST 2020 NEWS :

Olivia is currently taking bookings from schools and youth organisations and arranging customised programmes.

Our 2020 Schools Programme of bookable workshops will be made available to view here along with a downloadable Risk Assessment. Cross-curricular sessions will probably include Local History, Creative Tasks, Rocks & Fossils, The Romans and Textiles and many other subjects and themes that can be either treated a one off useful learning session or tied into your own school projects or programmes. Olivia, December 2019

We will soon welcome Briscoe Lane Academy to the first of our 2020 customised schools programme workshops.

2019 NEWS : 

Our 2019 programmes were affected by the museum restructuring required as the part lottery funded learning officer position ended in May 2019. The museum switched from a 3 year full time post mostly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to a much reduced part time 2 year position funded by the museum.  

In mid November we welcomed welcome Briscoe Lane Academy to the last of our 2019 customised schools programme workshops.

In early November we welcomed year 5 pupils from St. Thomas’ Leesfield CofE Primary School to a hastily arranged museum galleries tour. We also arranged a mystery objects table and encouraged year 5 to take part in our family trail (mice), dressing up stations, family bags and the interactives. After the visit we received some wonderful letters from the children.

… thank you for everything you did on our recent visit … “E”

… thank you for being so flexible … “B”

… thank you … your phenomenal museum … “S”

… what I enjoyed the most was hearing about the mystery objects … “E”

… my favourite parts of the trip are going on the mice trail, looking at the army things … “M”

… I didn’t know … water bottles were made out of metal … “E”

… I learnt that in Victorian times they had water bottles made out of metal … “M”

… the stones I found in the drawers were so pretty and unique … “S”

… we learnt about looms, Victorian kitchens… “B”

… it’s cool how you had to tie certain knots in cotton …  “S”

… everything was so much fun and really fascinating … “S”

… thank you so much for letting us come… “B”

… I really enjoyed this trip and want to come again … “E”

To Year 5 ” Thank you so much for your wonderful letters. It was a real pleasure to show you around the museum and you behaved so well and we enjoyed it so much you would be more than welcome to come and visit us again”. Janet and Peter December 2019.

2018 NEWS :

Over 840 children were welcomed by the Learning Team to take part in 28 separate workshops. Children from diverse backgrounds came together and took part in an array of workshops including High Days & Holidays, Ammon Wrigley, Toys Past & Present, Victorian Days, Wonder of Wool, Prehistory – from stone to metal and “Lets Rock”. We also enjoyed a couple of independent visits with more customised learning activities to those groups. We hope all the pupils learned a lot and were inspired and engaged!

Some images from just a few of our 2018 workshops

During 2018 “Learning Objectives” for each session were provided beforehand and measured through a teacher feedback questionnaire at the end of each workshop. All said their pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the learning objectives had “Very Likely” or “Quite Likely” developed as a result. When also asked what pupils found most enjoyable or inspiring, most commented on the practical, hands-on activities and artefacts. Some of the feed back we received during 2018:

“It gave them a new experience- a window into the past” (Victorian Days – Debbie Warren, Nursery teacher, St. Peter’s CE Stalybridge)

“Fantastic workshop! Thank-you Cat and Lyndsey. We would have liked to stay all day” (Victorian Days – Mrs Proctor, Yr1 teacher, St. George’s CE, Mossley)

“The workshop and Cat were excellent! The activity the children did with Lindsey was very enjoyable” (Homefront Histories – Sarah Walker, Yr5 teacher, Holy Cross Primary, Oldham)

“Fantastic workshop- hopefully there will be more in the future!” (Take One Triangle – Kath Wilson, Yr5 teacher, Diggle Primary)

2017 NEWS : During Autumn 2017 over 180 children were welcomed by the Learning Team to take part in the Linking Schools project. Children from diverse backgrounds came together and took part in an array of Rushcart Art activities in our High Days & Holidays workshops. We enjoyed exploring the heritage of the Northwest’s Rushcart tradition and Oldham Wakes holidays together. Morris dance drawing, Victorian pop up photo booth and Rushcart banner making were just a few of the hands-on activities the pupils enjoyed.

“children loved being creative and working together.  Good structure, great engagement.  Definitely book again.” (Miss Watson, Yr3 teacher, South Failsworth primary)-Autumn 2017

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Our Schools Programme of bookable workshops  continues to be developed  and will be made available to view here along with a downloadable Risk Assessment. Cross-curricular sessions will include Local History, Rocks & Fossils, The Romans and Textiles.  We look forward to welcoming you soon! If you would like to make a booking to bring a group or require further information, please complete and submit the form below.

Learning Activity Officer Schools / Organisation Contact Form

Please submit this form with your query or to register your interest in a schools learning workshop or activity. Please note that once you have submitted the form successfully you will lose the form display. To submit a second query please refresh or leave this page and then return to this page.
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Learning Activity Officer Schools / Organisation Contact Form

Please submit this form with your query or to register your interest in a schools learning workshop or activity. Please note that once you have submitted the form successfully you will lose the form display. To submit a second query please refresh or leave this page and then return to this page.