Museum Learning – for Families

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

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Family Trail

A family visit to our museum galleries would not be complete without picking up one our family trail forms.Please ask for one at the admissions desk.

We change the “theme” every 3 or 4 months. Can your child find the characters or objects we have placed in our gallery cabinets, on low shelves, slightly hidden behind objects on display or at some other “child’s eye level” position? The form will provide clues!

Once you, as a family, have found all the characters or themed objects, and ticked all the boxes, your child can hand in the form at reception. This form often goes into a monthly draw for your child to receive a prize! (if you have found”nearly” all the characters why not ask the friendly reception staff for an extra clue?)

We snapped some children we spotted doing the family trail, using the family bags and the dressing up stations! We re-produce this photograph with their permission.                          THANK YOU! >>


Over the Easter period we had a special trail with chicks instead of characters and every successful chid received a small chocolate Easter egg!

For the summer we have a “BEE trail”.

Whether you take part in the bee trail or not, why not buy one of our own hand-crafted bees for £2?

Explore our fun interactive galleries and discover Saddleworth’s unique heritage through hands-on activities around the museum. Have a go at our Family Trail prize draw, make a Victorian toy and weave some threads inspired by our infamous Dobcross Loom. Or if dressing up is your thing, put yourself in the picture as a Morris Man or local suffragette Annie Kenney (uploading to Facebook optional!).

From Ice Age animal bones, Viking Jewellery and accessible Victorian room, to name just a few of the exhibits, there really is something for all ages and interests.

For more information about our galleries “Read More”.


LATEST GALLERY NEWS: The weaving and “cogs” interactives continue to be popular. The dressing up stations continue to go down well and we love receiving visitor’s photographs of themselves in costume, keep them coming! The activity table, on the first floor in gallery 3, is not be missed and continues to be refreshed, at the moment we have a temporary colouring station on that table..the curator January 2019.

Family Bags

A family visit to our museum galleries would not be complete without one of our family bags. Please ask for one at the admissions desk. We currently have available “victorian life” and “transport” options.  February). A variety of creative crafts inspired by our museum displays. 

We snapped a couple of families going round the galleries and re-produce this photograph with their permission.                          THANK YOU! >>


Takeaway Tuesday

or possibly Museum Makes

Our afternoon of half-term fun (primarily October & February).

Whether it be our drop in Takeaway Tuesday inside the museum exhibition galleries (admission prices apply and children must be accompanied at all times) or our bookable Museum Makes held in the community gallery we have a variety of creative crafts activities inspired by our museum displays. Children can take away what they have made or leave it with us to put on display. Please check the Events page on this website and our Facebook page for the half term activity dates.

The gallery of photos from one of our half term events are re-produced here with the permission of all those featured.     MANY THANKS >>


During the second half of 2019 we launched our “Magic Monday” craft sessions with 4 or 5 activity tables in our community gallery and provided refreshments to purchase for both the children and the accompanying guardian/parent! This format will also be used on special event days also. Please see the “Events” page on this website.

NEW for 2019!

Under Review –