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Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum offers a wide range of educational, curriculum focused activities; all fully led by trained and experienced providers. Our workshops follow the school curriculum, covering history, science, ecology and geology, and are suitable for key stages one to three. They involve role-play and artefacts to immerse the pupils into the experience of the mine and surrounding area. Our workshops can be further adapted as desired to suit any age group.

Investigate the hard life of a miner; learn to fight as a Viking, Saxon or Celt in costume; paint ice age cave paintings in a ‘cave’; dress as a Victorian and feel how a Victorian school child lived and was taught in a ‘real’ Sunday school.

To view our full Education Brochure for September 2016, click the button to download it or browse our full list of workshops below.

Making a Mark

Tees Valley Museums in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery have developed Making a Mark - a museum educational programme offering schools a variety of educational workshops to choose from. In return for your schools participation in Making a Mark, the visiting school group can enjoy either an additional day at the museum or an additional in-school workshop, all free of further charge.

From September 2016 involvement in these workshops will cost just £3 per head with a free additional session (in school or in museum).

We will provide greater resources, such as the opportunity to work with creative practitioners, or develop new artistic and/or creative skills. All activities are fully led by museum staff, volunteers and specialists. We also provide risk assessment guidance to support preparation for your visits. In return we ask that schools complete a partnership agreement which includes supplying basic group data and post visit feedback. Key Stage suitability is indicated next to each programme.

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  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Art as Evidence

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Local Landscapes

Explore environmental changed in a valley shaped by ice, river, sea and industry.

The interaction between physical and human processes are investigated in the landscape and its impact on the local environment and people evaluated.

Pupils will compare and group different rocks based on their properties and investigate evolution through interpreting fossil and geological evidence. They can discover local palaeontologist, Lewis Hunton, and ‘Father of Geology’, William Smith.

Flooding — Have People Improved It?

 Half Day

Use historical sources to consider flooding in the past compared with the 2000 floods. An enquiry fieldwork based day in which students explore the village and wooded valley. Using historical evidence they draw their own conclusions as to whether people have made flooding less severe.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Art as Evidence

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Local Landscapes

Explore environmental changed in a valley shaped by ice, river, sea and industry.

The interaction between physical and human processes are investigated in the landscape and its impact on the local environment and people evaluated.

Pupils will compare and group different rocks based on their properties and investigate evolution through interpreting fossil and geological evidence. They can discover local palaeontologist, Lewis Hunton, and ‘Father of Geology’, William Smith.

Talking Rocks

 Half Day

Meet Father of Geology, Victorian William Smith, and explore the work of local Loftus geologist Lewis Hunton. Afterwards, have an exciting ammonite experience!

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Art as Evidence

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Local Landscapes

Explore environmental changed in a valley shaped by ice, river, sea and industry.

The interaction between physical and human processes are investigated in the landscape and its impact on the local environment and people evaluated.

Pupils will compare and group different rocks based on their properties and investigate evolution through interpreting fossil and geological evidence. They can discover local palaeontologist, Lewis Hunton, and ‘Father of Geology’, William Smith.

Talking Rocks

 Half Day

Discover the rocks and fossils on Skinningrove beach and examine the formation of the cliffs and coastline.

Learn Geological terms and see them first hand, including erosion, weathering, sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.

Bonus: Examine rocks and fossils from the Museum’s collection.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Art as Evidence

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Local Landscapes

Explore environmental changed in a valley shaped by ice, river, sea and industry.

The interaction between physical and human processes are investigated in the landscape and its impact on the local environment and people evaluated.

Pupils will compare and group different rocks based on their properties and investigate evolution through interpreting fossil and geological evidence. They can discover local palaeontologist, Lewis Hunton, and ‘Father of Geology’, William Smith.

Valley Collapse — A Modern Solution?

 Half Day

Following the river bank, explore the valley collapse in 200w0 which caused major traffic disruption on the A174. View historical evidence of similar problems and view the engineering solution. Full day session with a ‘public enquiry’ in the afternoon.

  • Science
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity
  • Gases
  • Explosions

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Science Valley

Follow the work of Michael Faraday in these Half Day Sessions.

In addition to exploring the life of one of Britain’s most eminent scientists, students can explore the basic principles of magnetism, electricity generation and the properties of gases; investigating real life applications.

Burning, Expanding, Exploding

 Half Day

Mines are dangerous places.

Investigate some of the main problems through participative demonstrations and activities, including taking temperatures and exploring the “blasting experience”.

  • Science
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity
  • Gases
  • Explosions

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Science Valley

Follow the work of Michael Faraday in these Half Day Sessions.

In addition to exploring the life of one of Britain’s most eminent scientists, students can explore the basic principles of magnetism, electricity generation and the properties of gases; investigating real life applications.

Gasping Gases and Ventilation

 Half Day

Discover how and why the museum must carry out regular gas tests and explore our unique ventilation systems.

  • Science
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity
  • Gases
  • Explosions

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Science Valley

Follow the work of Michael Faraday in these Half Day Sessions.

In addition to exploring the life of one of Britain’s most eminent scientists, students can explore the basic principles of magnetism, electricity generation and the properties of gases; investigating real life applications.

Magnetism and Electricity

 Half Day

Investigate Faraday’s key experiments and finding through participative demonstrations.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Design
  • Create
  • Art

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Wild Skinningrove

Investigate woodlands, rocky shores and streams, discover the habitats and environments all within a short walk from the museum. Sessions can broadly investigate animal and plant life or take a specific focus.

Opportunities exist to make observations, identify, record, classify, present data, observe stages in life cycles, use identification keys, explore food chains, observe adaptations and investigate the work of Charles Darwin ‘in person’.

Ancient British Woodland versus Tropical Rainforest

 Full Day

Compare the structure of a woodland to a rainforest using evidence collected in the morning, including rubbings, photos, sketches and data. A similar session can illustrate rocky shore patterns of life

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Design
  • Create
  • Art

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Wild Skinningrove

Investigate woodlands, rocky shores and streams, discover the habitats and environments all within a short walk from the museum. Sessions can broadly investigate animal and plant life or take a specific focus.

Opportunities exist to make observations, identify, record, classify, present data, observe stages in life cycles, use identification keys, explore food chains, observe adaptations and investigate the work of Charles Darwin ‘in person’.

Designs for Life

 Full Day

Practice scientific drawing, Victorian style, and work in a group to design a super adapted creature to present to the class.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Design
  • Create
  • Art

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Wild Skinningrove

Investigate woodlands, rocky shores and streams, discover the habitats and environments all within a short walk from the museum. Sessions can broadly investigate animal and plant life or take a specific focus.

Opportunities exist to make observations, identify, record, classify, present data, observe stages in life cycles, use identification keys, explore food chains, observe adaptations and investigate the work of Charles Darwin ‘in person’.

Natural Selection and Evolution

 Full Day

Meet Charles Darwin, discover his views and how they challenged the beliefs of Victorian England.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Design
  • Create
  • Art

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Wild Skinningrove

Investigate woodlands, rocky shores and streams, discover the habitats and environments all within a short walk from the museum. Sessions can broadly investigate animal and plant life or take a specific focus.

Opportunities exist to make observations, identify, record, classify, present data, observe stages in life cycles, use identification keys, explore food chains, observe adaptations and investigate the work of Charles Darwin ‘in person’.

Rock Pool Investigation

 Full Day

Discover life on a rocky shore using nets, tanks and trays and learn about the amazing adaptations of the seaweed and animals.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Design
  • Create
  • Art

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Wild Skinningrove

Investigate woodlands, rocky shores and streams, discover the habitats and environments all within a short walk from the museum. Sessions can broadly investigate animal and plant life or take a specific focus.

Opportunities exist to make observations, identify, record, classify, present data, observe stages in life cycles, use identification keys, explore food chains, observe adaptations and investigate the work of Charles Darwin ‘in person’.

Stream Investigation

 Full Day

Capture freshwater invertebrates using nets and identify your catch to discover their special features.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Design
  • Create
  • Art

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Wild Skinningrove

Investigate woodlands, rocky shores and streams, discover the habitats and environments all within a short walk from the museum. Sessions can broadly investigate animal and plant life or take a specific focus.

Opportunities exist to make observations, identify, record, classify, present data, observe stages in life cycles, use identification keys, explore food chains, observe adaptations and investigate the work of Charles Darwin ‘in person’.

Woodland Art

 Full Day

Illustrate the structure of a woodland using evidence collected in the morning, including rubbings, photos, sketches and data. A similar session can illustrate rocky shore patterns of life

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Fieldwork
  • Historical Characters
  • Design
  • Create
  • Art

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Wild Skinningrove

Investigate woodlands, rocky shores and streams, discover the habitats and environments all within a short walk from the museum. Sessions can broadly investigate animal and plant life or take a specific focus.

Opportunities exist to make observations, identify, record, classify, present data, observe stages in life cycles, use identification keys, explore food chains, observe adaptations and investigate the work of Charles Darwin ‘in person’.

Woodland Investigation

 Full Day

Discover what lives where in a woodland as you examine the plants and search for mini-beasts.

Rainforest Comparison can be made.

  • History
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Maps

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A Village at War

Experience life in a village at war and discover how local industry played a vital part in achieving victory.

Exploring WW1 or WW2 can provide opportunities for either a study of a significant turning point in British history and/or a local history study. The key role of ironstone mining and the impact locally is explored, as is that of relatives involved directly in the conflicts.

World War I

 Full Day

Experience the First World War like never before as you take shelter in the mine during a Zeppelin bombing raid whilst keeping your spirits up with a traditional sing-along

  • Discover the vital role of ironstone mining and the steelworks.
  • On foot, explore life in the village and through school log books.
  • View the dug out caves used as air-raid shelters.
  • Handle artefacts and write back to the soldiers inspired by their responses to real postcards sent home from the front.
  • Younger children can experience a First World War School.
Also in A Village at War
  • History
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Maps

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A Village at War

Experience life in a village at war and discover how local industry played a vital part in achieving victory.

Exploring WW1 or WW2 can provide opportunities for either a study of a significant turning point in British history and/or a local history study. The key role of ironstone mining and the impact locally is explored, as is that of relatives involved directly in the conflicts.

World War II

 Full Day

Discover Ironstone Mining and Steel operations during the Second World War.

  • Learn about air raids, rationing and village life using artefacts.
  • Discover the Home Front by exploring the village using archive photos.
  • Explore air raids, bombing and a real Anderson shelter.
Also in A Village at War
  • History
  • Art
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Storytelling
  • English
  • Role-Play

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Tees Valley Before 1066

Explore life in ancient times through a full day of comprehensive intertwined activities and creative sessions, drawing upon evidence including that of local archaeological excavations and accounts. Days focus on the Stone Age & Bronze Age, Iron Age, Saxons or Vikings.

Iron Age, Saxons or Vikings

 Full Day

Choose to meet an Iron Age Celt, Saxon or Viking; investigate their home life and military career. Be trained for warfare!

This session is led by characters in authentic dress of the period who show you how they live and some of their homely artefacts. They demonstrate weapons and armour of the period with the chance for children to try on some of the equipment. The session ends with battle training and a ‘battle’.

A full day visit can also include; period specific storytelling, rune/ogham writing; games; art or almost any other aspect of life you request.

If you choose Iron Age Celts we can cover life under Roman rule and, briefly, Roman armour and warfare techniques.

You can choose to compare cultures.

Also in Tees Valley Before 1066
  • History
  • Art
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Storytelling
  • English
  • Role-Play

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Tees Valley Before 1066

Explore life in ancient times through a full day of comprehensive intertwined activities and creative sessions, drawing upon evidence including that of local archaeological excavations and accounts. Days focus on the Stone Age & Bronze Age, Iron Age, Saxons or Vikings.

Romans

 Full Day

Witness the power of the Roman army and understand how they fought so effectively against the local Celtic tribes. Discover how the British Isles were steadily Romanised and how this impacted upon our culture and beliefs. The session draws on local evidence including the nearby Roman Signal Station

Also in Tees Valley Before 1066
  • History
  • Art
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Storytelling
  • English
  • Role-Play

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Tees Valley Before 1066

Explore life in ancient times through a full day of comprehensive intertwined activities and creative sessions, drawing upon evidence including that of local archaeological excavations and accounts. Days focus on the Stone Age & Bronze Age, Iron Age, Saxons or Vikings.

Stone Age

 Full Day

Experience the Stone Age:

  • Handle and investigate ice-age animal remains and Neolithic stone tools.
  • Inspired by cave art from Europe, paint by “candlelight” in our cave-like underground tunnel.
  • Explore the origin of early storytelling.
  • Try out Stone Age hunting techniques as you hunt a Mouflon.

Activities extend the chronological narrative into the Bronze Age.

Also in Tees Valley Before 1066
  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

A Changing Settlement

 Half Day

Explore on foot our former mining village, using archive photos to see how it has changed over time.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Benjamin Hall

 Half Day

Meet miner Benjamin Hall by analysing census records.

Bonus: Explore writing styles using dip pens.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Facing the Past

 Half Day

Learn how to read miners’ portraits and explore their stories with the help of artefacts.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Field Sketch

 30 — 45 minutes

Examine village and industrial change as you complete a sketch of Skinningrove’s valley.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Mapping the Changes

 30 — 45 minutes

Develop map skills and analyse village and industrial development over 150 years.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Shadow Puppet’s Tale

 Half Day

Devise and create the story of one family’s long journey to the mine through a shadow puppet play.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

The Mining Experience

 Half Day

Descend underground to discover the challenges and dangers of the miners’ working lives.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Victorian Class Portrait

 30 — 45 minutes

Dress up and pose as miners in front of the North Drift, identifying the roles, discussing the hierarchy and exploring the smile!

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Victorian Games and Play

 30 — 45 minutes

Play an exciting range of Victorian games.

Bonus: Experience parlour games.

  • Geography
  • Fieldwork
  • Role-Play
  • Local History
  • Portraits
  • Maps
  • Discover

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The Victorian Village

The discovery of ironstone in Cleveland was a significant turning point in British history; it fuelled the growth of the British Empire.

Explore life in an ironstone mining village. Historical sources can be critically examined in particular census data and portraits. Geographical field work opportunities include analysing how the village has reacted to economic changes using map-work, sketching, archive photos and observational skills.

Victorian School

 Half Day

Time for school with our strict Victorian teacher in the Chapel, with slates, costume and discipline.

  • Arts Award Discover

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Arts Award Discover

Arts Award is a great way for children, and young people, to be inspired by, and enjoy, the arts.

The unique range of qualifications supports anyone up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders.

Arts Award inspires them to connect with, and take part, in the wider arts world by taking challenges in an art form — from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.

The Museum’s programme is designed to:

• engage Key Stage 2 students • broaden their awareness of the Arts

• involve them in practical, creative activities

• reward their success

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and Arts Award Discover which is an introductory award.

Participating in the programme will involve a day at the Museum and support visits into school. There is an extra charge of £3 per pupil to cover the costs of an official, validated Trinity Arts Award Certificate.

Many of the programmes in this newsletter can be used towards the certificate. Other programmes include:

A creative literacy 2 day programme - culminating in the performance of a miner’s inquest; 1 day can be held in school.

Mapping art in the village and using this inspiration to create their own beach art.

Arts Award Discover

Arts Award is a great way for children, and young people, to be inspired by, and enjoy, the arts.

Also in Arts Award Discover
  • Cornerstones

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Cornerstones

Mighty Metals

 Full Day

Explore magnets and electricity with Victorian physicist Michael Faraday. Learn of steel production and follow our forces trail in the mine. Discover what issues trains had in the valley by operating our working model.

  • Cornerstones

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Cornerstones

Misty Mountain Sierra

 Full Day

Explore the wider area by map. Then on foot using map skills and tablet (to plot your climb), pass a river mouth, cliffs, a jetty, sand dunes, seeing evidence of industry past and, like Henry Pease in 1859, to a hilltop view of Saltburn.

  • Cornerstones

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Cornerstones

Tribal Tales

 Full Day

Focus on the Stone Age or Iron Age with a Victorian archaeologist examining artefacts. Various activities include; evidence through storytelling, painting Stone Age art underground, practising hunting skills, learning combat, creating authentic style pottery and exploring jewellery, art and weapons.

I think that the service you provide is first class. The pupils gained a lot from learning about the history of the museum and the conditions that people worked in. Furthermore, the visit is enhanced by the quality of the staff and volunteers. Your enthusiasm shines through and you deal with the children in a lovely way. Many thanks once again for making our visit so enjoyable.

Luddendenfoot Academy

We had a fantastic day. The staff were very friendly and accommodating with excellent subject knowledge. It was really interesting for the children to learn about their local area and we will definitely be returning. I have recommended the trip to other classes at our school. A massive thank you to everyone involved in making the day so interesting.

Stakesby Primary

Very helpful staff on the day, even the pouring rain didn’t spoil the day!

Normanby Primary

Contact our Education Team

For all education enquiries please fill in the form below, call us on 01287 642877 or email us at learning@ironstonemuseum.co.uk. For visits, please suggest a number of dates you would like to visit. The more information you can provide, the faster we will be able to arrange your visit.

Any further details you can provide will help us speed up your enquiry.