Learning & Outreach

The Priest's House Museum has a varied and flexible programme of formal and informal lifelong learning opportunities for everyone from children in Early Years to adults. We specialise in creative and hands-on learning, using the building and its collections as inspiration for fun, active and memorable activities. 

Having been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for an exciting major redevelopment throughout 2019, we are unable to offer on-site visits for the next 12 months. However, eager to remain true to Hilda Coles’ vision of being at a "centre of education and culture", we are expanding our popular outreach service, so it’s business as usual. We would welcome the opportunity to deliver our workshops to your school and, in return for your continued support, we would be delighted to offer you favourable rates when you book a museum visit upon our reopening in 2020.

As part of the museum's Revival Project, we will be offering an even more vibrant activity programme including more learning opportunities with increased and more comfortable learning spaces. We will expand the museum's lifelong learning programme through new learning packs, outreach, events and activities.

The learning service covers a wide range of curriculum linked topics and provides hands-on sessions and resources. A member or members of the learning service team would be happy to visit your school or group with suitable items from the collection. In addition, we provide a talk about the topic and answer any questions the children may have. Groups rotate around a variety of sessions, mostly led by our volunteer learning assistants. All activities are fully risk assessed.

We ensure all our provision is of the highest quality, offers excellent value for money and is an experience for everyone to remember. We have been awarded the Heritage Education Trust’s Sandford Award for Excellence in Heritage Education six times (most recently in 2018), which recognises our high standards. Our dedicated team of volunteer learning assistants also won the Marsh Trust Award for the south west region in 2018, which recognises the contribution of volunteers to museum learning across the UK.

If you would like to discuss what we can do for you, would like further information or to make a booking please call Rachel Vivian, Learning Officer, on 01202 882533 or email us at learning@priest-house.co.uk.

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Victorian kitchen

Learning room