Museum of Cannock Chase Education Guide 2019 - 2020

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E D U C AT I O N G U I D E Autumn/Winter 2019-20

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Our education visits are full of fun, knowledge and informative activities for children. Interactive time in the galleries, artefact handling, quizzes, make and do, dressing up, role play and a whole lot of active learning make up an unforgettable day with us. As five times winner of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, the museum has a proven record for providing quality educational activities for Reception, KS1 and KS2. We provide fantastic value for money with every tour led by a professional Museum Educator. We also offer a discount on full day tours for Cannock Chase District schools.

HOW TO BOOK The Bookings Officer is available to answer your queries and take your bookings. If you would like to discuss bespoke tours or how to adapt a tour to meet your needs please contact the Education Officer. We welcome special schools and children with additional needs. Please contact the Education Officer to discuss your requirements. Telephone: 01543 877 666 Email:

LO A N B OX E S Can’t get to the museum? Why not hire one of our loan boxes containing artefacts that can be used in lessons to discuss chronological order, stimulate discussion and historical enquiry, in assemblies and for classroom displays? Our loan boxes cover a range of topics including coal mining, WW2, toys and historical enquiry. Boxes available from the museum at the cost of £20 per week. Reduced rates for half termly bookings.

CHRISTMA S WISHES An exciting day, filled with hands on activities for Key Stage One and Reception age children, to enjoy the magic of Christmas. Learn about Christmas past and take part in festive activities and visit the Christmas Cottage. The tour includes a visit to Mrs Christmas to receive a gift.

Cost : £7.50, adults go free. Maximum 60 children per day. Available 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th December 2020 only.

YO U R D AY W I T H U S The Elves Workshop Help Father Christmas’ elves in their workshop as you make a toy to take home and a special treat for the reindeer.

Parlour Games What sort of games did people play at Christmas in times gone by? Play parlour games and make Christmas dinner for the friendly robin.

North Pole Post Visit the Christmas post room to send your letter to Father Christmas, who made the naughty or good list? Gather around the Christmas tree, hear a festive story, and hang your Christmas wish on the tree.

Christmas Cottage Follow the clues to lead you to the Christmas Cottage. Here you will meet Mrs Christmas, help her stir the pudding and make a wish. If you have been good she will give you a present.

“What a lovely experience and very well organised. Mrs Claus was enchanting and all the elves were amazing.”



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KS2 Come and experience what life was like on the Home Front during WWII to help understand Britain’s past. This significant historical event changed lives and shaped a generation. Find out how it would have affected you.

Cost : £5.45, adults go free. Maximum 60 children per day. Available year round.

YO U R D AY W I T H U S Mock air raid and blackout Listen for the siren. What will you take to the shelter?

Can you answer the questions? Can you work out what the artefacts are and who they might have belonged to?

Live Life on the ration (teacher led) Explore the interactive rationing displays. Can you recognise all the food items? Would one egg a week be enough for you? How much would you be able to buy with your coupons?

At home in the 1940s Take a seat in the 40s room. How does it compare to your home?

Museum curator for the day Be like a real museum curator and handle objects from the 1940s.

Your identity card Fill in your identity card - don’t leave home without it!

Evacuee drama Take part in a drama session and re-enact life as an evacuee. Imagine leaving your home to live with strangers.

“An immersive experience which enabled the children to emphasise with the people who lived during World War Two.”


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As part of your local history study see how coal mining literally shaped the landscape and communities of the Cannock Chase coalfield. The museum stands on the former site of the Valley Pit. Learn about the changes to the industry in living memory and beyond.

Cost : ÂŁ5.45, adults go free. Maximum 60 children per day. Available year round.

YO U R D AY W I T H U S Museum curator for the day Learn about the history of coal mining and what it was like to work underground. Be a real museum curator, handling mining artefacts and equipment.

Journey through coal Journey through our coal mining gallery and find out how mining influenced life in Cannock Chase. Take part in our quiz.

Step back in time Our Victorian miner’s wife will invite you into her cottage to help with the laundry and domestic chores.

The story of coal Step back in time and watch the story of our local coal mining experience unfold from our coal mining theatre box.

Take a colliery walk Take a colliery walk to see the site of the Valley Pit buildings (weather and time permitting).

Meet a miner Meet a real Cannock Chase miner and hear what it was like to work down the pit (subject to availability).

TOYS THROUGH THE AGES This fun, interactive and hands-on session looks at continuity and change through the use of toys. Which of the toys that we play with today would have been played with by the Victorians, the Romans or even the ancient Greeks?


Cost : £5.45, adults go free. Maximum 120 children per day. Available select dates Monday 4th November – Friday 8th November, Monday 18th November – Thursday 21st November 2019, Monday 27th January – Friday 31st January and Monday 16th March – Friday 20th March 2020.

YO U R D AY W I T H U S See the toys that your grandparents played with See what has changed within living memory to the toys we play with today.

Learn about the history of toys Play in the interactive toy gallery.

Handle toys from the museum collections Play games from the past Master the skills of the cup and ball, yoyo and hopscotch.

Dance workshop Learn to move like a clockwork toy and a puppet in our dance workshop.

Make your own toy Make your own toy to take home to play with, just as children did in the past.

‘Fantastic and pitched at the right level for the children.’

Punch & Judy show Split your sides with laughter when you watch a traditional Punch and Judy show. ‘That’s the way to do it!’

TOYS OUTREACH SERVICE We also offer an outreach service where our educators will come to your school to deliver a two hour session to learn about the history of toys, handle artefacts, play games and learn a dance routine.


Available to schools within a twenty mile radius of the museum.


: £140 per class plus travel. Maximum 30 children per session. 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm

For a small additional charge, peg doll kits are available for children to complete as follow up work to our visit.

A TALE OF STONE AND IRON Experience first hand the skills needed to survive as a hunter gatherer and how the rise of settlements and farming replaced this way of life. Led by museum educators trained by archaeologists.


Cost : £5.45, adults go free. Maximum 30 children per day. Special September dates added for this popular tour; Monday 23rd – Friday 27th September only.

YO U R D AY W I T H U S Time Travel Transport back to the distant with a morning in the Stone Age and an afternoon in the Iron Age with your costumed educators.

Seasonal changes Move with the seasons as a hunter gatherer, following food sources and preparing for the Winter.

Survival skills Learn how to make nettle cords in Spring camp, hunt and track animals in the Summer and learn which plants to eat while you prepare for Autumn and Winter.

Iron Age After lunch see how metal changed the lives of ancient Britons and farming and settlement became a way of life. Can you make your own clothes? Try using spinning sticks and wool.

Castle Ring – Iron Age settlement Travel to Castle Ring Iron Age hill fort for the last part of the day. Here your Iron Age guides will walk you round the ramparts and explore the development of tribal kingdoms and the rise of hill forts. How and why did the hunter gatherer lifestyle disappear?

Children need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear as much of the day is outside. The school is responsible for transport between sites. Castle Ring is a scheduled ancient monument which does not have toilet facilities.

“Hands on activities, great presentation of skills, super knowledge from staff.”

“This was not our first visit, and won’t be our last!”

FACILITIES The museum has full disabled access with education buildings at ground level. Our education spaces have toilets and hearing loops and we provide a lunch room. Coach parking is free. Risk assessments for museum facilities and teacher pre visits are available. Museum educators are trained in emergency first aid and subject to DBS checks.

TEACHERS’ RESOURCES These include teachers’ packs, activity packs, publications and information about our galleries. Order your resources at the time of booking or visit the museum shop for inspiration.

SHOP We can make up themed goody bags for your children to take home, pre-order from only £2.50 each. Alternatively, children can visit the shop during the lunch break in groups of 10 at a time. Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford, WS12 1TD Telephone: 01543 877 666 Email: /museumofcannockchase