Museums for schools
Sandwell Museum Service provides a wide range of activities for schools. Scroll down the page to find out more information and click to print off our booking forms and guidance notes.
Also look out for our new session and outreach activities to schools.
Booking your school visit
- To book your school visit you must telephone the relevant site to check availability, we cannot take bookings via e-mail.
- If staff are not available when you phone please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
- Staff are available at sites to take your calls on the following days It is best to phone on the days: Oak House - Tuesday and Wednesday, Haden Hill House - Thursday and Friday, Wednesbury Museum - Thursday and Friday, The Manor House any day but please leave a message if staff are not available.
- You can print off booking forms and guidance notes for teachers by clicking on the relevant section under 'What we have to offer'. Please make sure the teacher in charge of the group reads these notes
- We are unable to take bookings or provide availability via e-mail but you can e-mail us if you want to know a bit more about our sessions or sites, or are interested in organising a one off project with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We are available for visits from school groups from February to December. We are not available for school visits in January.
What we have to offer:
Keep checking this site as we are developing new activities all the time! You can also contact us if you have a project or bespoke visit in mind, we have undertaken all sorts of activities across the curriculum.
- Download a printable copy of our education leaflet (please note Life on the Canals is no longer available)
- Click to find out more about activities aimed at Key Stage 1 (KS1) pupils
- Click to find out about activities aimed at Key Stage 2 (KS2) pupils
- At KS3 and above we are happy to tailor make a session to fulfil your needs across the curriculum. We have undertaken projects around gothic horror stories, citizenship, The Tudors, local history, heritage buildings, art, film making etc. Call or e-mail us to see what is possible
- Information about loan boxes and outreach for all ages groups
- We have teacher's packs for using Oak House as a resource for history or geography at all key stages if you are looking to organise your own activities. E-mail us and we will send you a copy.
- Click to check out our school activity photostream on flickr
Sandwell Museums offers work experience and placements. We would expect our work experience students to be able to work at all our main sites as required. If you're interested in Sandwell Museums as a possible work experience you should register your interest.
You can find out more information about our sites on the pages below.
- The Oak House - 0121 553 0759
- Haden Hill House - 01384 569 444
- Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery - 0121 556 0683
- The Manor House Museum - 0121 588 2985
Why bring your class to a museum?
- Museums offer a unique learning environment where children can learn in a completely different way to how they would learn in the classroom.
- Museums can inspire and motivate.
- Museums can stimulate all the senses, as well as nurture creativity.
- Activity sessions in museums can provide an holistic approach to learning, working across the curriculum at the same time, using topics from history and art, to speaking and listening, creativity, English and citizenship. They can cover whole topics in a few hours.
- Museum work can also be the basis of projects and follow up work back at school, including
Information Communications Technology (ICT) and design and technology.
- Children who often find traditional classroom based activities difficult respond well to the hands on and visual nature of museum visits.
- Museums offer children a taste of the past which they can see, smell, touch and hear.
Why visit Sandwell museums?
Sandwell museums offer a wide range of activities across our sites as well as loan boxes covering a wide range of topics.
Our sessions have been carefully tailored to meet the needs of the national curriculum for different key stages and we aim to continuously develop them by listening to teachers and children to meet changing needs. We are also very happy to work with teachers on specific one-off projects at any of our sites.
Why not speak to us about using our collection?
Why not e-mail or call us about using our collections in your learning. 'Things' make up our world so are an excellent learning tool, inspiring curiosity and encouraging questioning and critical thinking skills. Why not learn a bit more about our collection.
We are not just here for KS1 and KS2
Our buildings, collections and staff are also a brilliant resource for KS3 and 4 students. We have a teacher's pack around using Oak House for Geography and local history and we are happy to work with you to put together your perfect project.
Haden Hill House Museum and The Oak House Museum are holders of the prestigious Sandford Award for best practice in and our contribution to heritage education.