When the new Museum of Oxford opens in 2021, we will be offering hands-on object-based sessions closely linked to the curriculum and needs of local schools.

We would like to work with teachers to develop new resources for secondary school visits, for out-of-school research topics, and for English as a second language resources. We can also work with schools to help develop new workshop themes and ideas for group visits when the new Museum opens in 2021.

If you would like to work with our team to develop new ideas, please get in touch with the Museum team.

Options for Group visits

There are two choices open to groups visiting the museum:

  • Gallery-only visits (£1 per student)
  • Object handling workshops (£4 per student, a minimum charge of £75)
Children at a community event inspecting Roman pottery

Children at a community event inspecting Roman pottery

Workshop topics available

  • Made in Oxford – KS2

    • Which person from Oxford has made the greatest impact on History? ‘Made in Oxford’ is a KS2 workshop that explores 10 people from Oxford who influenced the city, country, and the wider world. In small groups, pupils will use evidence, objects, and the Museum’s displays to present an argument for their individual being the most important. The session ends in a class-wide vote to decide who was Oxford’s finest.
  • Moving Oxford – KS2

    • Why is Oxford the shape it is? Moving Oxford looks at how the city of Oxford grew around its transport, the people involved, and how this may change in the future. This KS2 session uses transport related objects and maps to aid learning.
  • The Dark Side of the Victorians: Children on Trial – KS2

    • Every student has a part to play in this re-enactment of a Victorian trial of four children aged between 7 and 15 years old. From defendant to witness, barrister to Jury, we will provide character outlines and a script for your class to follow, and a member of the museum’s team will support the session as the Court Clerk. You can play the Judge! This workshop takes place in the Court Room of the Town Hall.

Loan boxes:

  • A Nice Cup of Tea

    • We also have loan boxes for schools to borrow. This box explores the connections between the simple cup of tea, the British Empire, the slave trade, and the Windrush Generation. The box contains original objects and suggested activities around citizenship, English, and history. For more information about hire costs and how to borrow a box, please get in touch with Oliver Parr, our Schools Engagement Officer.

Workshops Coming Soon

Collection of Items used in our World War II workshop including a gas mask and ration book

A collection of items used in our World War II workshop, including a gas mask and ration book

Workshops that are being redeveloped for our new gallery content are:

  • Time Detectives: an investigation of the evidence from Oxford’s past
  • Romans in Oxford
  • Stories from the Grave: Anglo-Saxon Oxford
  • Medieval Rubbish
  • A City At War: Civil War Oxford
  • Alice in Wonderland (various themes including geography & mapping, the story behind the story, and Victorian childhood)
  • Victorian Wash Day Blues
  • We’ll Meet Again: World War II Oxford
  • From Bike to BMW: How a car factory changed a city

Find out more

Gallery-only visit

  • Students can attend in groups of 15 students or less, each with at least one accompanying adult.
  • They will be by your own group leaders.
  • We can email worksheets to you in advance of your visit if you wish to use them.
  • Your visit lasts for 1 hour.

Workshop visit

  • Students can attend in groups of up to 35 pupils (however we may be able to accommodate slightly more, depending on the workshop topic)
  • The groups will be divided into 2 smaller groups.
  • Half of the students will start in the Heritage Learning Centre with a museum team member and at least one accompanying adult.
  • Half of the students will start the galleries supervised by the group’s accompanying adults.
  • We will email activities to you to for use in the gallery in advance of your visit.
  • Visits usually last for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, so both groups can complete both parts of the workshop.

To be confirmed.

We are open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. Visits can be booked in the morning or afternoon, or across the whole day for more than one class.

Please contact us with two or three date options that you would like to book and we will do our best to accommodate your first choices.

Our current workshops are aimed at Key Stage 2 and can be adapted to fit Key Stage 1. We can adapt topics for different year groups or specific needs if you have them. Please get in touch with us to discuss the options.

Although we are a local social history museum, our workshops use skills and knowledge from different areas of the curriculum, including history, citizenship, geography, English, drama, science, art, and design.

  • Gallery-only visits for up to 1 hour cost £1 per student
  • Object handling workshops for up to 2 hours cost £4 per student, with a minimum charge of £75.

The Museum of Oxford is completely accessible. For more information, please see our Accessibility page.

We hope you enjoy visiting the new Museum with your school. As we get feedback on the sessions we are offering, we will update this section with comments from other schools that have visited.

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