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From adult learning courses to school workshops, make learning fun with East Riding Museums.

Courses and workshops

Hear the fascinating stories behind our collections and special exhibitions at our museum talks. Or be inspired by Beverley Art Gallery in our informal art courses. Visit the what's on page to discover more events and find out when courses are available.

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Young Creatives

New art sessions for children and young people at the Treasure House after school. Make your own artwork with support from artist Esther Cawley inspired by Treasure House exhibitions. During each half term you will discover more about the artworks at Beverley Art Gallery, meet other young people and develop a range of artistic and creative skills. No art skills necessary, just your imagination!

Sessions take place on Thursday evenings during term-time, and can be booked in half-term blocks. Groups are split into 9-11 years and 11-13 years. For dates of sessions starting, search the what's on page.

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Group visits

East Riding Museums are fantastic places to visit with your society, club or group. Please contact the museum in advance to arrange group visits. School groups can find further resources below. Guided tours can be booked for Beverley Guildhall at an extra cost.

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Schools and education groups

Bring the history curriculum to life with visits, workshops and boxes of artefacts available for local schools.

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Self-led visits

Self-directed group visits must be booked by contacting the museum you want to visit. Group leaders may find it useful to visit the site in advance.

Teacher guide to Beverley Guildhall

Why visit Beverley Guildhall

The Beverley Guildhall is a stunning historic building that was traditionally used as a meeting place for the town Governors and a magistrates' court. Today it is open to the public once a week and part of the building is run as a community museum for the town.

A visit could include a brief tour of the building, information about the Guildhall's historic role as a courtroom, looking at objects relating to crime and punishment, an explanation of the building's current role as a community museum.

On display are paintings from the art gallery collection, historic furniture, a collection of silver and pewter, medieval timbered walls and magnificent stucco plasterwork, all of which are appropriate for art and design activities.

Curriculum links

Curriculum links include history, art and design and citizenship.

Your visit

Group visits must be arranged in advance. Schools and group leaders are responsible for carrying out their own risk assessment according to their school's/organisation's policy. It is recommended that a preparatory site visit is made. Further help and information on risk assessments at Beverley Guildhall is on the printable guide available to download below. It is recommended that group visits are made from Monday to Thursday, while the building is not open to the public, to allow for undisturbed free exploration. Self-directed visits on a Friday also need to be booked in advance even though the building is open to the public. Group leaders are advised to carry list of the children and adults with the group that day at all times during their visit or workshop. For groups of over 20 children it is recommended that the groups are split into two, with one half doing the trail while the other is given the presentation, and vice versa.

There is a minimum level of adult supervision required for group visits:

  • EYFS groups (aged up to 5) - 1 adult to 6 children.
  • Y1 to Y6 pupils (aged 5 - 11) - 1 adult to 8 children.
  • Y7 and above (age 11 and over) - appropriate to the activity.

Beverley Guildhall has Public Liability Insurance.

Activities

During a visit to the Guildhall any or all of the following elements can be offered:

  • A tour of the building by the Curator, with descriptions of the history, architecture and past usage of the building (lasts about 20-30 minutes)
  • A short presentation on the Guildhall's historic role as a courtroom, items from the collection relating to crime and punishment, and the building's present role as a community museum (lasts about 15-20 minutes)
  • A 'detective trail' in which the members of the group can explore the building by themselves, usually in pairs, with the curator on hand to answer questions (can last as long as required but 30-40 minutes is usually sufficient)
  • For younger children there is a visual 'Find the Pieces' trail that uses observation skills to look at the paintings, furniture and other objects around the building
  • The Guildhall has paintings from the art gallery collection, historic furniture, a collection of silver and pewter, medieval timbered walls and stucco plasterwork, all of which are appropriate for art activities in free time if required.

Facilities and Access Aids

  • There is no disabled access to the first floor or part of the Courtroom.
  • Toilet facilities including an accessible toilet are located on the ground floor.
  • Coats and bags can be stored during the visit.
  • For further venue information, including parking, please visit the Beverley Guildhall venue page.
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Teacher guide to Goole Museum

Why visit Goole Museum

Goole Museum's collections cover the history of the town and port of Goole. The permanent exhibition illustrates features of this with a wide range of artefacts, including the 'ship wall', where models of vessels which were built in, or sailed from, the port are displayed, 'Goole at War' and a series of educational hands-on activities which can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

The large temporary exhibition gallery has a varied programme of exhibitions throughout the year, both art-based and with a historical theme. The museum has a dedicated Education Room.

Curriculum links

Curriculum links include history, art and design and science.

Your visit

Group visits must be arranged in advance. Schools and group leaders are responsible for carrying out their own risk assessment according to their school's/organisation's policy. It is recommended that a preparatory site visit is made. Further help and information on risk assessments at Goole Museum is on the printable guide available to download below. Group leaders are advised to carry list of the children and adults with the group that day at all times during their visit or workshop. For groups of over 20 children it is recommended that the groups are split into two, with one half looking round and working in the galleries, while the other works in the Education Room, and vice versa.

There is a minimum level of adult supervision required for group visits:

  • EYFS groups (aged up to 5) - 1 adult to 6 children.
  • Y1 to Y6 pupils (aged 5 - 11) - 1 adult to 8 children.
  • Y7 and above (age 11 and over) - appropriate to the activity.

Goole Museum has Public Liability Insurance.

Activities and spaces to hire

  • Schools often like to take advantage of the fact that the museum and library share a building, and choose to combine a visit to both in a single day.
  • The museum has a good collection of maps and old photographs, which can be studied in the Education Room as part of a local history study day.
  • Apart from the many items on display, the museum has a large reserve collection, and staff are very happy to arrange handling sessions for school groups using items from this - popular sessions have involved looking at historic costumes, toys and household items, but teachers can discuss precise requirements before visiting. The collections can also be used for art related activities.
  • 'Hands-on' activities in the gallery include 'loading a cargo vessel correctly', a Cartesian Diver (to illustrate buoyancy) 'housework', puzzles, a mystery object trail as well as a gallery nature trail.
  • For younger children there is a hamper of reproduction historic toys and a floor jigsaw, and other activities.
  • The large temporary exhibition gallery has a varied programme of exhibitions throughout the year, both art-based and with a historical theme.

Facilities and Access Aids

  • Coats and bags can be stored during the visit in the Education Room.
  • Packed lunches can be eaten in the Education Room, but drinks should not be taken out into the gallery
  • There is a lift to the first floor to access the museum.
  • For further venue information, including parking, please visit the Goole Museum venue page.
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Teacher guide to Skidby Mill

Why visit Skidby Mill

Skidby Mill is a unique place to bring pupils and educational groups. Its main focus is the mill, its history and how it operates to produce flour. There is access to several floors to see different parts of the workings.

The ground floor tells the stories of rural life in the East Riding particularly farming and rural industries such as brick making. Trails and hands-on activities enable children to engage with the exhibitions.

Outside is the nature garden area and the acreage. A wonderful place for children to explore nature and have fun on the play equipment.

Curriculum links

Curriculum links include history and science.

Your visit

Group visits must be arranged in advance. Schools and group leaders are responsible for carrying out their own risk assessment according to their school's/organisation's policy. It is recommended that a preparatory site visit is made. Further help and information on risk assessments at Skidby Mill is on the printable guide available to download below. Group leaders are advised to carry list of the children and adults with the group that day at all times during their visit or workshop.

There is a minimum level of adult supervision required for group visits:

  • EYFS groups (aged up to 5) - 1 adult to 6 children.
  • Y1 to Y6 pupils (aged 5 - 11) - 1 adult to 8 children.
  • Y7 and above (age 11 and over) - appropriate to the activity.

Skidby Mill has Public Liability Insurance.

Facilities and Access Aids

  • In fine weather, the Miller's Garden - in the mill's grounds - is a good place to eat packed lunches. Otherwise the Education Room in the mill can be used, if booked in advance, which has tables and chairs, and racks to leave bags and coats. There is no extra charge for this.
  • The cafe in the courtyard (which is not run as part of the museum) can also provide group catering, please contact them direct on 01482 847831.
  • Groups bringing their own packed lunches can leave them in the Education Room/Study Area at the start of their visit.
  • There are toilet facilities (male, female and single unisex disabled) in both the main mill building and the cafe. Those inside the mill are on the ground floor, to the left as you enter the building. The toilets in the cafe can be reached from the courtyard without having to go into the cafe serving area.
  • For further venue information, including parking, please visit the Skidby Mill venue page.
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Teacher guide to the Treasure House

Why visit the Treasure House

The Treasure House is packed with culture and heritage for an enriching and memorable educational experience for school and educational groups. The museum traces the history of the East Riding and the art gallery has its magnificent collection of artwork, including the famous Fred and Mary Elwell.

There are hands-on displays where visitors can interact with puzzles, dress up and more throughout the museum. On the second floor is a viewing tower with a panoramic, roof-top view across the beautiful town of Beverley.

Curriculum links

Curriculum links include history, art and design and geography.

Your visit

Group visits to the first floor and viewing tower must be arranged in advance. Schools and group leaders are responsible for carrying out their own risk assessment according to their school's/organisation's policy. It is recommended that a preparatory site visit is made. Further help and information on risk assessments at the Treasure House is on the printable guide available to download below. On arrival with your group, please come to the Museums reception on the first floor. We will provide any information you need and log how many adults and children are with you on the day. Group leaders are advised to carry list of the children and adults with the group that day at all times during their visit or workshop.

There is a minimum level of adult supervision required for group visits:

  • EYFS groups (aged up to 5) - 1 adult to 6 children.
  • Y1 to Y6 pupils (aged 5 - 11) - 1 adult to 8 children.
  • Y7 and above (age 11 and over) - appropriate to the activity.

The Treasure House has Public Liability Insurance.

Activities and spaces to hire

The education room or small meeting room can be booked for your own activities or for packed lunches. Charges apply.

Your visit may include activities that you have prepared in advance. Only dry art materials and pencils may be used in exhibition spaces to help us protect exhibited objects, artworks and the historic parts of the building.

In the event of an emergency evacuation of the building, the group leader is responsible for a roll call of group members at the assembly point on the paved area in front of the main entrance to the Treasure House. Treasure House Staff will escort all vistors out of the building.

Facilities and Access Aids

  • The Champney Coffee Lounge serves hot and cold drinks, delicious cakes, snacks and sandwiches. Small groups can be catered for by pre-arrangement. Please ask when booking your visit.
  • Toilet facilities including an accessible toilet and baby changing room are on the ground floor. There are a generous number of cubicles so they are practical for group visits.
  • Small groups of secondary, college or adult visitors may wish to use the lockers on the ground floor.
  • Larger self-directed groups can leave coats and non-valuable belongings on hooks at their own risk on the first floor. Please request the coat pegs when booking your visit.
  • A wheelchair is available for use within the building. Please ask for it at the reception.
  • There is a lift to all floors for the building.
  • For further venue information, including parking, please visit the Treasure House Museums and Beverley Art Gallery venue page.
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Teacher guide to Sewerby Hall

All Sewerby Hall group visits should be booked in advance with the Sewerby Education Officer. You can make an enquiry online using the group bookings form on the website. Admission fees apply.

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Museum workshops

Workshops are available to book in advance on topics supporting the National Curriculum.

Treasure House, Beverley

A thematic look at Celtic life based around the intriguing Iron Age weapons cache discovered in South Cave in 2002 by metal detectorists, on display in the museum.

Pupils gather evidence to support a set of reasons why the swords might have been buried around 70AD, during the turbulent end of the Iron Age and the dawn of Roman Briton.

Hands-on investigations using replica and historical objects include burial practices, technologies dating back to the Stone Age, clothing, the Celtic year, Celtic 'jobs' and roles, and metal-working. The impressive iron and bronze decorated replica sword is examined to demonstrate the exquisite craftsmanship of Iron Age metal workers.

This workshop costs £60 per class of about 30 students. It takes place at the Treasure House Museum and lasts two hours. This workshop is suitable for class years 3 to 6. Support from the class teacher, teaching assistants and adult helpers is required.

To book contact the Treasure House Education Officer.
Treasure House

Goole

Bespoke workshops tailored to your group's needs can be arranged at Goole Museum by speaking to the curator.
Goole Museum

Bridlington

There are available workshops at the Sewerby Hall and Gardens museum. Admission fees apply. Contact the Education Officer for details.


Sewerby Hall

Education loan boxes

Education loan boxes are available for schools and educational groups to borrow for designated loan periods. They cover a range of historical topics to support the delivery of the National Curriculum and include historical objects, replicas and learning materials.

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How it works

Loans are collected from and returned to the Treasure House in Beverley. Terms and conditions apply. To book email your completed booking form to museums.th@eastriding.gov.uk or call (01482) 392780.

Family friendly

Visit the East Riding Museums children and families page to find out about daily activities and early learning fun for little ones and their adults.

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