Our interactive Museum workshops at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, cover a variety of topics from Victorian House and Home to Habitat for Honeybees.
Our Community Learning Space provides a contemporary and welcoming area in which pupils can explore Somerset’s rural heritage.
The workshops are 90 minutes long and are suitable for up to 35 pupils.
Fun on the Farm KS1
Learn about the months and seasons and their link to the farming calendar in this interactive workshop. Find out about traditional Somerset farming techniques such as the ancient skill of flailing the corn and investigate where food comes from and test your skills at butter making! Explore the museum galleries to discover some of the weird and wonderful farming
tools used in times gone by.
Marvellous Materials KS1
A science investigation introducing concepts of everyday materials and their uses within domestic and farming life in Somerset. Identify what is being used, what happens and why and make your very own woolly sheep!
Somerset Celebrations KS1/KS2
Experience traditional Somerset festivities through this fun-filled and hands-on workshop. Mull your own non-alcoholic cider using ancient Somerset techniques and discover the story behind traditional wassailing in our orchard.Explore our museum collections to help create your own banner inspired by our very own Seavington Friendly Society banner!
Victorian House and Homes KS1/KS2
Experience cooking in the farmhouse kitchen on our coal fired range cooker. Explore some of our amazing Victorian objects and compare them with modern-day equivalents. Create your own Victorian inspired rag rug using nineteenth century techniques. Why not encourage your pupils to come dressed as Victorian children for an immersive experience?
Echoes of War KS1/KS2
Discover the important contributions that children made towards Somerset’s war effort during the First World War. Explore a recreated First World War allotment, handle objects and investigate archive sources. Experience and understand what life was like for children on the home front one hundred years ago.
Victorian Christmas KS1/KS2
New for 2019
It’s often said that the Victorians invented Christmas and you can learn more about their festivities through this unique seasonal workshop. Investigate where traditions come from, handle real historical artefacts, play parlour games and make your own decorations to really get into the Christmas spirit!
This workshop is only available during the second half of the autumn term. Also available as an in-school workshop.
Saxon Somerset KS2
New for 2019
History comes alive with this brilliant interactive experience. Discover more about King Alfred and his defence of Wessex against the Vikings; become a Saxon warrior and take part in a fierce battle re-enactment. Learn how ordinary people lived and make your own Saxon-inspired objects.
Somerset Myths and Legends KS2
New for 2019
Discover mythical creatures and legendary tales that have been associated with Somerset for centuries. Create your very own crazy ‘Hunky Punk’ creature, explore the museum and develop your own mythical or legendary story using a museum object as inspiration.
Evacuee Experience KS2 – Full day workshop
New for 2019
Explore life for an evacuee in Somerset during World War Two through this engaging and action packed workshop. Be transported back to the Abbey Farm during the war years and experience an air raid, digging for victory and the effects of war time rationing.
Museum Movie Makers KS2 – Full day workshop
New for 2019
Have you ever wondered what movie magic lies behind characters like Wallace and Gromit and the film How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World? Join us at the Museum and be motivated in science, technology, engineering arts and maths (STEAM) with this engaging new workshop to create an animated film based on the museum collections.
Habitats for Honeybees KS2
Discover more about the humble honeybee and its importance to our planet with this science-based workshop. Explore the Museum grounds with a habitat survey, learn about pollination and how a bee sees, and create artworks that will get you buzzing about bees.
Somerset Geography Detectives KS2
Discover changes in Somerset landscapes over time through this local study workshop. Handle maps, explore artefacts in Museum galleries and create a piece of artwork inspired by Somerset industries.
Some of our Museum workshops can be complemented by ordering related loans packs. They will help bring learning to life back in the classroom.
We also offer the option of a self-guided visit to the Museum where pupils can explore the Museum’s main galleries and journey through the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history.
Self-guided trails can accompany a workshop to create a full day at the Museum, or can be done independently. Please contact us to book.
Booking and Contact
Teachers are welcome to make a pre-workshop site visit in order to prepare more fully for your trip to Somerset Rural Life Museum. Please contact us to arrange.
To enquire about booking a workshop, please complete our booking enquiry form.