Activities for Children

All we ask is that their behaviour is kept within acceptable limits by the accompanying adults, during the visit.

We also run a programme of activities and workshops for children during the school holidays. Booking is strongly advised as places are limited.

Please click here for details of planned activities and booking information.

Children’s Summer Activities

Fun Filled Activity Workshops – Brief Descriptions

Prehistoric Object Handling
If our ancestors lived before things were written down, how do we know so much about them?
Come to the museum and put yourself in the role of archaeologist and historian as you get a
hands-on look at prehistoric artifacts and museum replicas and see what you can figure out
about our distant past.

Prehistoric Cave Painting
Our ancestors around the world have left hundreds of cave paintings for us to find. How were
they made? What tools were used? What did they like to make? And most importantly, why
did so many different people feel the need to paint their daily life. Learn the answers to these
questions and make a piece of cave art of your own.

Viking Trip Trap Troll Game
With no electricity, what did the Vikings do for fun? Learn about Viking leisure time and make,
decorate, and learn to play your own Viking game that you can take away with you.

Roman Writing
The Roman Empire spread throughout most of Europe and North Africa. How did they keep
armies under control over hundreds of miles? With writing, of course. Learn why writing was so
important to the Roman Empire, and have a go at writing a letter like a Roman soldier would.

Medieval Calligraphy
Believe it or not, there was school in Medieval times. But it was not like school as we know it!
Join our Medieval tutor and learn to read, write, and recite the Medieval way.

Medieval Herbal Medicine
Imagine a world where instead of taking a tablet, a doctor told you to chew on a leaf. Did
Medieval medicine work? Are Medieval remedies still used today? Learn about the four
humours, diagnose your own illness, and take away an herbal remedy of your very own.

World War Two Crumb Fudge
During the second world war, everything that made food nice was in short supply: sugar, butter,
eggs. Join Mrs. A from the Women’s Voluntary Service as she talks about the war, rationing,
and teaches you how to make a popular wartime sweet that won’t use up all your ration points.

World War Two Tangram Puzzles
With German bombers flying overhead, the people of England were told to turn out their lights
and stay at home to stay safe. But how much fun can you have in the Blackout? Join Mrs. A
from the Women’s Voluntary Service and learn how to keep yourself occupied in wartime, and
make a puzzle you can take away with you.

Tudor Pomanders and Medicine
Can a modern GP tell what’s wrong with you just by knowing your birthday? A Tudor doctor
believed he could. In a world of smelly streets, sweating sickness, and the plague, learn how
Tudor people tried to stay healthy. And make your own pomander to keep the plague at bay.

Medieval Bestiary
Medieval people learned about the world from the few people that could travel, but these people
didn’t always remember everything about what they saw, including the animals they
encountered. Are frogs really fish? Did snakes once have legs? Were unicorns real? Learn
what Medieval people genuinely believed about the animals around them, and have a go at
creating your own Medieval Bestiary (a book that tells others all about the animals that YOU are
an expert on).

Tussy Mussies, Flowers, and Medicine
Throughout history, people without easy access to doctors have used plants, flowers, and herbs
to cure their illnesses and mend their wounds. In this workshop, you’ll learn about which plants
heal, which ones harm, and which of them do absolutely nothing at all. And you’ll make a tussy
mussy to take home with you.