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Introduce your pupils to the world of paintings, sculpture, inspirational artefacts and stories from Canterbury and the wider world. Spark imagination and curiosity through interactive sessions that link to key learning goals.

 

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

Reception

Rupert Bear

Rupert Bear

1 hour interpreter-led session

Cost £3 per child

Canterbury Heritage Museum

 

Meet Rupert and friends in his very own museum, join the frogs on the lily pad cushions for a magical Rupert storytime and take part in fun Rupert songs and games. Finish the session by creating a waving Rupert character to take home.

Bagpuss

Bagpuss and Friends

1 hour interpreter-led session

Cost £3 per child

Canterbury Heritage Museum

 

Meet the real Bagpuss and friends in Emily’s shop window and say hello to the Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. Pupils will take part in a magical Bagpuss adventure story using soft toy characters, learn Bagpuss songs and create a Bagpuss mouse finger puppet to take home.

 

World of Stories

World of Stories

2 hours
£3 per child

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


These storyteller-led sessions immerse young children in the wonderful atmosphere of the Beaney and its collections. Spark their imaginations with tales about paintings, people and artefacts across the centuries. A great stimulus for creative literacy and drama work back in the classroom.

Key Stage 1 (Ages 4 - 7)

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Meet our costumed interpreter, mummify a classmate and groan as the intestines are pulled out! Wrap an animal mummy against the clock, investigate real artefacts and create a papyrus cartouche.

Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece

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 and create an Ancient Greek mask or frieze in this interactive session.

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

 

Pupils will work in groups of two or three taking on the role of archaeologists, investigating and handling real artefacts from Roman Canterbury.  Larger groups are divided in two, with half the class exploring museum displays, and half handling artefacts before swapping around.

Vikings

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.

Victorians

Investigating Victorian Canterbury

1 hour
£3per 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! This workshop can be combined with a visit to see the extensive Victorian displays at Canterbury Heritage Museum and/or the Beaney.

Toys and Games

Victorian Toys and Games

1 hour 20 minute interpreter-led session

£4 per child

Canterbury Heritage Museum or The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Investigate real Victorian toys including Lily the doll and find out what they're made of and how they work. Discover toys lost beneath the floorboards of a Victorian school. Make a traditional clay marble to take home, learn to play fun Victorian games and meet the original Bagpuss, Rupert Bear and friends!

Local History

Local History

1 hour 30 minutes

£4 per child

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Work with a local history specialist to investigate an aspect of Canterbury’s colourful history using a range of exciting primary source material from the Beaney collections including museum artefacts, paintings, old photographs, documents and maps. Use this as a starting point for creative work across the curriculum including art, drama or creative writing.

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
 
 

Arts Arward at The Beaney

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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Contact Us

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

 
 

Order your Activity Sheets

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
 
 

Teachers Feedback...

“Class 1 and I would like to thank you very much for a fantastic morning at the museum. The children were absolutely buzzing with information for the rest of the day! For most of my children that was their first to a museum and it is a day they will remember for a very long time. Thank you again”


Rose Turner, Class 1, Victorian Toys and Games Workshop
 

“Great interactive sessions keeping children engaged as well as being both educating and inspiring."

St Marys School, Ancient Egypt Workshop

 

“A great session, well organised and inspirational for both children and staff. One to remember for a long time to come – Many thanks”

Temple Ewell School, Victorian Toys Workshop

 
 

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