Four popular Birmingham Museums sites are set to reopen for amazing and inspiring school visits, in a safe and secure setting.
Schools bookings are now open for Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Tudor family house Blakesley Hall, magnificent Jacobean mansion Aston Hall and the 250-year-old Sarehole Mill which all open to schools from Monday 7 June. In addition, Thinktank Science Museum will be offering exclusive on-site Discovery Day visits for schools on days the museum is not open to the public.
Alongside on-site visits Birmingham Museums will also continue to bring history and science to life in the classroom with its popular live stream interactive sessions.
Whether it’s the Great Fire of London or Ancient Civilisation, a look at the journey of germs or discovering outer space, Birmingham Museums’ Discovery Days and MuseumStream online education sessions support learning and curriculum topics as well firing pupil’s imaginations.
Katherine Bosworth, Learning and Engagement Manager at Birmingham Museums says:
“We’re delighted to finally be able to welcome schools back to our museums. At Birmingham Museums we believe that learning and fun go hand in hand and so while our experiences for schools have been adapted to ensure the safety of all visitors and adhere to government guidance the learning and enjoyment factor won’t in anyway be diminished.
“Our onsite visits will be complemented by our popular MuseumStream online interactive offer meaning that if schools aren’t able to visit in person just yet they can still book a fantastic live stream presenter-led session with genuine artefacts to enjoy in the classroom.”
Birmingham Museums’ MuseumStream service was created during lockdown as a unique way to offer young people an interactive history experience in the classroom. MuseumStream sessions offer a range of presenter-led historic adventures such as training as Roman legionaries, preparing for the Ancient Olympics or embalming pharaohs. For each session schools are loaned a box of genuine artefacts and sensory objects for pupils to explore and handle such as Roman coins and Egyptian masks.
The education programme on offer at Birmingham’s museums and historic properties includes a range of subjects. At Aston Hall pupils can explore the story of The Great Fire of London and try their hands at lifting a heavy fire hook and passing a leather fire bucket along a line. There’s an opportunity to find out what life was like for rich and poor Tudors at Blakesley Hall and at Sarehole Mill students can go back in time to experience life in the Stone Ages and Bronze Ages building shelters and investigating flint tools. Thinktank Science Museum offers a packed programme of chemistry, physics, biology and space themed Discovery Days.
Thinktank Science Museum will be open for school visits from Monday to Friday, and Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall and Sarehole Mill will be open from Wednesday to Friday. For further information visit birminghammuseums.org.uk/schools