Key Stages 3 to 5 (Ages 11 to 18)


Work with a creative facilitator or interpreter from the Beaney learning team to deepen understanding and learn new skills and techniques across a wide range of subjects from art and design, to photography, history, world culture and religion.


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

Investigating Victorian Canterbury

1 hour
£3 child
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Find out about Victorian Canterbury and take part in a special Victorian objects investigation workshop including strange objects, fascinating documents, photographs and maps! 


Combine with our Victorian Explorer Worksheets and Teacher led activities to make this a FULL DAY Workshop for just £6 per child.

World War One

1 hour interpreter-led session
£3 per pupil
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Investigate what life was like for ordinary people living in Canterbury 100 years ago, and for soldiers serving on the Western Front in this thought-provoking hands-on session using real WW1 objects and documents.

World War Two

1 hour | £3 per pupil
Canterbury Heritage Museum

Investigate what life was like in Canterbury during WW2 in this thought-provoking hands-on session using wartime artefacts, letters, documents, maps and oral history memories. Find out about the Canterbury Blitz, evacuation, rationing and local heroes including fire watchers and ambulance drivers. Use the session as a stimulus for history, literacy or art and for discussions about Remembrance. This workshop can be combined with a visit to the Blitz Gallery.

Local History Workshop

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


Meet a local history specialist and learn how to investigate real primary and secondary source material from library, museum and archive collections. Discover hidden stories from Canterbury’s colourful past, and find out how the city has changed since Victorian times.

Investigating and Creating Portraits

2 hours
£5 per pupil 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.

Artist-led Tours and Workshops

Be inspired by art and artefacts at the Beaney, and take part in artist and creative faciltator led workshops to learn new skills and techniques. Tours and workshops can be tailored to meet individual requirements and to relate to specific areas of coursework. Subject areas and themes will include portraits, landscapes, sculpture, prints and drawings, photography, history and world culture. Please contact the learning team for further details and prices.

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

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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