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.
New – Somerset Myths & Legends, Saxon Somerset and Victorian Christmas from November 2018
Somerset Myths and Legends is a new workshop that explores some of the myths associated with the county, from Gurt Wurms to Hunky Punks!
Saxon Somerset, one of our most popular Museum of Somerset workshops, is also now available. Discover more about King Alfred and his defence of Wessex against the Vikings in this interactive session.
At our Victorian Christmas workshop pupils can get into the festive mood by creating Christmas crafts and making some festive treats in our Victorian Kitchen.
Fun on the Farm KS1
An interactive investigation for younger children, introducing the farming calendar. Explore the Museum galleries, investigate where food comes from and try the ancient harvest-time task of flailing the corn.
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
Discover traditional Somerset festivities through this fun-filled workshop. Mull your own non-alcoholic cider, take part in an orchard wassail, investigate our Museum collections and make your own Friendly Society banner.
Victorian House and Homes KS1/KS2
Enjoy dressing in costume and making drop scones in our Victorian kitchen. Explore the Museum collections, handle real objects and make a rag rug to take away with you.
Echoes of War KS1/KS2
New for 2018.
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.
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.