Heritage Outreach

Schools Visits

We welcome school visits to each of the museum sites, although the service and facilities that we are able to offer varies from site to site. We are currently without a dedicated member of staff to facilitate visits so please make contact with the individual sites prior to your visit using the contact details elsewhere on the website (Museums and galleries). All visits must be prebooked.

What can we offer?

  • The permanent and temporary displays at the three museums can help with art, history and science in the national curriculum on several levels. Equally the theme of local history is accessible at all of the museums and heritage sites.
  • We can sometimes arrange for the loan of artefacts for school based projects, or for use in the museums.
  • Information Sheets: Sites have information sheets on a variety of subjects that are available on request.
  • Workshops with facilitators: we can arrange for experienced staff to work with your class or group on specific subjects in the sites. A charge will be made for this service.
  • On site Facilities: An Education room at the Helena Thompson Museum and Keswick Museum and Art Gallery enable schools to have pre or post visit sessions and provides somewhere to eat packed lunches.
  • Guided Tours: tours for school groups are available at the museums
  • All general school visits are currently free, although this may be subject to alteration
  • A variety of services can be offered to students studying in related fields at both further and higher education levels, including placements and visits.

Other Group visits

Museum staff can give general and specialised talks to groups and organisations on request. This activity is co-ordinated by the Heritage and Arts Unit Office. Talks range from general introductions to the Service as a whole, the Arts Development Service, the collections held in the Heritage Service, or on the individual Museums. These talks can be arranged free of charge, but must be prebooked.

Staff can also make visits off site which usually take the form of talks illustrated with slides on the subjects listed above.

Tours can be arranged of the three museums. A charge for this service applies outside normal opening times.

Exhibition programme

The Service runs a temporary exhibition programme at Keswick Museum and the Helena Thompson Museum. We always welcome proposals for exhibitions from members of the community, and at the Helena Thompson Museum an exhibition committee exists to plan the programme.

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Contact us

0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ