Key Stage 2 (Ages 7 - 11)


From art and sculpture, to history and literacy, engage in a wide range of fun and exciting learning activities that emphasise creativity and the development of investigative skills. Highlights include Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman workshops!


Please note: Due to exceptional demand for school workshops and education space hire, we encourage schools to book visits and workshops as far in advance as possible and at least one month before your intended visit

KS2 Science Workshop: British Wildlife and their Habitats

British Wildlife and their Habitats

1 hour 30 minutes

£4 per child

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Using our own wildlife collection, pupils will engage in fun activities to learn all about animal habitats, adaptations and food chains in this hands-on session.

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Meet our costumed interpreter and engage in role play in this fun, hand-on session. Mummify a classmate and groan as the intestines are pulled out, wrap an animal mummy against the clock, investigate real artefacts from Ancient Egypt, and create a real papyrus cartouche of yourself as Pharaoh!

Ancient Greece

The Ancient Greeks

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Learn about Ancient Greece in this fun, interactive session. Investigate original artefacts in close-up detail, try on costumes and create an Ancient Greek mask or frieze.

Roman Technology

Roman Technology

1 hour 30 minutes | £3 per child
Canterbury Heritage Museum

This popular hands-on session gives participants the exciting opportunity to investigate different types of Roman technology, and experience first hand the jobs of Roman workers and slaves, including hammering a Roman coin (to take home as a souvenir), grinding grain and building and firing mini catapults. Combine this with a visit to Canterbury Roman Museum and a lunch room booking to make an exciting whole day visit.

Roman Everyday Life

Roman Everyday Life & Museum Tour

1 hour 30 minutes for workshop and teacher-led museum tour

£2 per child (inside district) £3 per child (outside district)

Canterbury Roman Museum

Enhance your school visit to Canterbury Roman Museum by taking part in a fun hands-on workshop, in which children take on the role of archaeologists investigating real artefacts from Roman Canterbury. 

Combine with our Roman Everyday Life session and a lunch room booking to make this a stress-free full day visit.


Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

1 hour 30 minute interpreter-led session

£4 per child

Canterbury Heritage Museum


Meet the Anglo-Saxon lady to find out about Canterbury in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times. Try on costumes, investigate real artefacts and discover the gruesome tale of the siege and sacking of Canterbury over 1000 years ago. Create a shield, helmet or piece of jewellery to take home.

Medieval Canterbury

Medieval Canterbury (Becket, Pilgrims & Chaucer)

1 hour 30 minutes

£4 per child
Canterbury Heritage Museum

Investigate the life and death of Thomas Becket, discover what it was like to be a pilgrim, and learn about life in medieval Canterbury in this fun, interactive workshop. Examine original artefacts including medieval pilgrim badges and possible fragments of Becket’s shrine. See the 60 foot long Becket animation by Oliver Postgate, and explore the interactive Medieval Discovery Gallery.


World War Two

1 hour session @ £3 per child

2 hour session @ £4 per child

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Step into the character of a wartime child and prepare to evacuate! Explore what it was like to be evacuated, create and perform a drama based on real evacuee photographs, see and handle real wartime artefacts from Canterbury and visit the well-preserved remains of a World War Two Anderson shelter.

Paintings, Stories and Imagination

Paintings, Stories and Imagination

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Paintings inspire children to create stories. In this interactive gallery-based session children work with a literacy specialist to develop their own stories about a painting using costumes and puppets, before writing and illustrating them.

Investigating and Creating Portraits

Investigating and Creating Portraits

2 hours
£5 per child including materials
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Investigate the meaning of portraits in the collection, including works by famous artists such as Anthony Van Dyck and Dame Laura Knight. Find out what costumes, poses, expressions and symbols can reveal, and work with an artist to create your own masterpiece.

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Pricing: Minimum booking fees apply from £100 for all of our school workshops

Our Schools say...

"Wow! What can I say?! Thank you so much for such a fantastic day yesterday. All the children (and adults!) had such a great day - their "best day of school ever" apparently. Thank you for all your help organizing the trip, for the workshop in the morning and guidance about the afternoon - you helped to make the day such a joy for all. Thank you."

- Ash Cartwright & Kelsey C of E Primary School (Ancient Egyptians Workshop)


Arts Award at The Beaney

Arts Award

The Beaney is an accredited Arts Award Centre. We have Arts Award advisers trained to facilitate and mediate all levels of Arts Award and would be delighted to discuss project ideas with schools and youth organisations.


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Got a question? To find out more about activities for schools at the Beaney Art Museum and Library please email Anna Meldrum at or call 01227 475 204


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Activity SheetsWe have worksheets to accompany your museum visit so don’t forget to order yours when booking your activity.

Visit & Booking Information

School guidelines, lunch facilities, payment and parking – find everything you need to plan your visit here

Teacher Feedback...

“Excellent customer service with day perfectly tailored to our specific learning needs. An excellent, well organised, fun informative hands on experience for all our children. Thank you for having all of us. It was great!”

Greenfields Community Primary school, Roman Technology Session 

“Fantastic activities, lots of great fun for children. A fantastic day full of educational activities.”

St Mary’s Whitstable, Ancient Egypt Workshop


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