We offer a wide range of learning opportunities for formal and informal groups, including 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.
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
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 amazing 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 research, prepare and present an argument for their chosen famous person being the most important. The session ends in a class-wide vote to decide who was Oxford’s finest.
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 handling objects and maps to help the pupils answer these questions.
A remote version of this workshop is available. Please contact us for more information.
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 even play the Judge! This workshop takes place in the original Court Room of the Town Hall. A visit to the new Museum galleries can also be included on request.
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 the education team.
Workshops coming soon
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
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
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.
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