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» Based at Bury Transport

Museum, the Schools Programme provides unique and exciting learning experiences. The dedicated education team present a wide-ranging programme of activities suitable for all abilities in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. Through hands-on activities, workshops, original artefacts, and learning packs as well as talks and tours, the Schools Programme offers experiences that bring subjects to life.

Pupils can: · experience what life was like as an evacuee during World War II · find out how nature and humans have shaped landscapes · learn how fieldwork can enhance the study of a local area · discover how public transport developed in Victorian times [in partnership with the Fusilier Museum and Bury Art Gallery] This leaflet gives a brief introduction to our range of specially tailored educational programmes. For full details and costs of each session please visit:


» AIM OF THE TRIP The aim of this session is to study aspects of daily life and the Home Front. Children will make use of a range of artefacts at both Bury Transport Museum and Bury Art Gallery and Museum to enhance their learning. They will also experience a train journey as an evacuee.

» AGE/KEY STAGE This programme is suitable for Key Stage 2. Free travel for accompanying staff.


 Risk assessment  Return trip from Bury to Rawtenstall in     

booked seats on a heritage steam train Object handling session at Bury Art Gallery and Museum Range of hands-on activities at Bury Transport Museum Mock evacuee selection process at Rawtenstall One evacuee label per child (to be filled in at school and worn for the trip) Instructions on making a gas mask box

» DATES May – July and September





A unique opportunity for school groups to visit three museums in one day! Bury Transport Museum, The Fusilier Museum and Bury Art Gallery, Museum + Archives are working together to offer a memorable day of learning outside the classroom.

The aim of this programme is to develop the basic practical fieldwork skills necessary to work safely in an urban environment. By the end of the trip the students will know how to work constructively in small groups to acquire and collate their data and how to complete effective group activities such as traffic surveys and land use surveys. By working in a town centre, the children will be able to contrast their data with that collected in their school’s locality.

» AGE/KEY STAGE This programme is suitable for years 5, 6, 7 and 8.


 Risk assessment  Provision of all necessary materials  Introduction to materials and skills  Practical activities on safe sites  Plenary session  Undercover facilities for lunch  Question time » DATES Autumn term: Monday to Friday Spring term: Monday to Friday Summer term: Monday or Tuesday

» ACTIVITIES & ORGANISATION Bury Art Gallery, Museum + Archives: Pupils will learn about Bury’s industrial past and significant figures such as John Kay. Using their creative skills they will have a go at inventing their own machine. The Fusilier Museum: Pupils will learn about the British army during the Victorian era. The session will focus on the Crimea War and advances in journalism and photography. Bury Transport Museum: A timeline as well as large exhibits demonstrate how transport systems changed during Victorian times. Pupils will also look at advertising and make some coin rubbings. To organise a trip please contact: Amy Warburton or Helen Castle: The Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DF | 0161 763 8950





The aim of the programme is to examine how Bury town centre has changed since the Victorian times, comparing maps of the period and old photos with the town’s present day appearance. By the end of the trip the students will have gained a greater understanding of how an industrial town develops and the impact industry can have on a community.


The aim of the trip is to examine the geographical features in the upper Irwell Valley. The East Lancashire Railway runs past several physical features both naturally formed and man-made along the length of the Irwell valley.

» AGE/KEY STAGE This programme is suitable for Years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

This programme is suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.



 Course delivered by expert geography

 Risk assessments  Safety talks  Classroom introduction to finding evidence using photos and maps

 Undercover facilities for lunch  Guided walk around Bury town centre  Provision of photos, maps and writing materials as required  Classroom plenary

» DATES Autumn term: Monday to Friday Spring term: Monday to Friday Summer term: Monday or Tuesday

 Return trip from Bury to Rawtenstall on a heritage steam train

guide  Worksheets and hand outs  Reference material for teaching staff  Guided walks along the river Irwell from Rawtenstall to Irwell Vale  Risk assessment and safety talk  Free travel for accompanying staff

» DATES May – July and September


» BURY TRANSPORT MUSEUM The museum re-opened in March 2010 following a £3 million refurbishment.

Use the facilities at Bury Transport Museum to stimulate your pupils’ learning! Alternatively, book a train ride, or combine a train ride with a walk or field work in the Irwell Valley. At Bury Transport Museum, our large vehicle exhibits, plus smaller exhibits, artefacts and activities can enhance many curriculum areas. Visit us to explore aspects of:

 Art and design  Design technology  Science  History  Geography Either on your own as a self-guided session or with one of our education volunteers as a guide. Also join us for sessions to stimulate writing or listen to stories. All ages and Key Stages can be accommodated. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and make a booking: For Bury Transport Museum call 0161 763 7949 (Mon–Fri, 10–4). For rail trips contact our passenger manager on 0161 764 7790 (Mon–Fri, 10–4).

The beautifully restored 1848 Castlecroft Goods Warehouse building is home to a fascinating collection. There is a variety of vintage road and rail vehicles, original artefacts and interactive displays which combine to illustrate how transport systems developed and operated in the Bury area over the last 200 years. The new education room can also be booked for use.

» EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY Originally built in the 1840’s and 1850’s, the line was closed in the 1970’s. It re-opened as a heritage railway in the 1980’s, currently running between Heywood and Rawtenstall. Buildings, stock, locos, infrastructure and environs are preserved in the image of the 1950’s and 1960’s as far as possible. Train services operate on weekends throughout the year and from Wednesday to Friday between April and September, facilitating educational and leisure access to hidden corners of the Irwell Valley along the line.


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Coach drop-off points are located outside Bury Bolton Street Station with a 30 minutes waiting time and on Castlecroft Road with all day parking.

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East Lancashire Railway and Bury Transport Museum are in the heart of Bury, easily accessible by all forms of transport with Bury Interchange only five minutes walk away. Ring GMPTE on 0161 228 7811 for Metrolink timetable information.




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» Location Bury Transport Museum Castlecroft Goods Warehouse, Castlecroft Road, Bury BL9 0LN

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» Access Access to Bury Transport Museum is available from our entrance on Castlecroft Road. The museum is fully accessible for visitors in wheelchairs with lifts to the platform levels and the education room, although motorised chairs may have difficulty on the cobbled section of the floor. Blue badge parking is available alongside the museum building for easy access to the main entrance.

» Costs Please see for details.

» Contact For more information about school visits and the education programme, please visit or contact us on 0161 763 7949 or email

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