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Teacher’s Guide to Visits & Workshops

We can offer a whole day’s exciting learning experience for your class through cross-curricular exploration of our site supported by teacher’s resources and museum-led workshops.

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For more information, please contact us:
T: 01449 612229
E: education@eastanglianlife.org.uk

Planning a Visit

The Museum of East Anglian Life is open for self-guided school visits all year round. Our museum-led workshops are available by appointment – please contact us and we will do our best to help. All of the museum workshops and sessions operate on a first come, first served basis so booking is essential. If you do not see a suitable workshop or trail for your group please get in touch with us at the museum. We will try to accommodate all requests and in the past have created individual workshops for school groups. These have included May Pole dancing and handling sessions using items from the museum stores.

Our wide range of collections, buildings and landscapes can support work across the curriculum including Science, Geography, History, English, Maths and Environmental Projects.

To give you an idea of the size and layout of our site, please visit our Museum site map

To book a visit:

Price: £3.75 per child

T: 01449 612229
E: education@eastanglianlife.org.uk
Download Booking Form
All education visits must be pre-booked to receive our special admission rates. Please book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

Pre visit:

Before you book please consider:

  • Risk Assessments
    The Museum does provide a basic risk assessment. However, we do recommend that teachers visit the site prior to their trip to carry out specific risk assessments.
  • The Museum Safeguarding policy is available here
  • Appropriate staff/pupil ratio(s), minimum 1 adult to 8 pupils; you may wish to adjust this according to the age/ability of your group
  • Which session(s) interest you
  • Potential visiting dates
  • Number of pupils in your group
  • Age/ability of the pupils
  • Arrival and departure times – please note the museum opens at 10am.
  • Please ensure that children and parents are aware of the open air nature of the site and that helpers have the necessary information such as times of activities, briefing notes where applicable and photocopied maps.
  • The weather! The museum is an open air site; weather appropriate clothing will be needed.
  • Any other requirements

Preliminary visits

All schools that have made a booking are entitled to a free teacher’s pre-visit. Appointments can be made Tuesday-Friday ; you can meet a member of staff with sufficient notice.

Opening times:

Late March to October: 10am – 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday
November to March: By appointment. 

Coaches:

The museum does have areas for coach parking but space is limited and must be booked in advance. The coach entrance is at the end of Lockington Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1BQ. Details are included in your booking confirmation.

Lunch Arrangements

The Activity Room/Lunchroom must be booked in advance to ensure a space is available for you on the day; it is heated and is free of charge. Picnic lunches can also be eaten outside. Coats and bags can be left in the room at your own risk. Space for coats and bags is also available in Abbot’s Hall.

Toilets

The museum has a number of toilets in different areas of the site. They are all marked on the museum map.

Shop

Our shop, run by the Tourist Information Centre, has a wide range of quality pocket money toys, including traditional toys. We can also put together goody bags containing a flexible range of items from the shop.

For goody bags please contact the shop direct, giving at least two weeks’ notice.

T: 01449 676800

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