We are currently providing active hands-on outreach sessions which support subjects across the National and International Curriculum, and topics to suit a creative curriculum.

Educational outreach sessions can be adapted to suit all Key Stages. All the themes and topics link to the building and collections. If you have a theme or topic you would like us to support, please contact Rachel Vivian, Learning Officer, on 01202 882533 or email us at

Depending on your requirements, groups may rotate around up to three or four different activities which last approximately 20-30 minutes each. Most of the sessions will be led by our learning assistants. Some trail and craft activities will be self-directed, but full instructions and materials will be provided. A member of the learning service team will visit your school with suitable items from the collections and planned activities. In addition, we provide a talk about the topic and answer any questions the children may have. 

Teachers may choose from a number of activity sessions (outlined in our learning offer) based around the following topics: 

  • Toys: Old and New
  • Houses and Homes
  • Stone Age to Iron Age: Life in Ancient Dorset
  • 'Dig It!': Life in Iron Age Dorset
  • 'Dig It!': Roman Life
  • Life in Victorian Dorset
  • World War One Stories
  • World War Two: Dorset and the Home Front

Resources and costs

We have loans boxes available for you to borrow for two weeks on a range of themes. They contain handling objects from the collections, some replica items, photographs, pictures, documents and interpretation on the topic to support sessions or as a stand alone resource.

Outreach costs

Costs range from £2.75 to £3.25 per child plus mileage charged at Local Authority Rate. Accompanying adults are free. Some sessions will incur extra charges for materials or ingredients; these will be discussed at the time of booking.

Loans boxes are free of charge for two weeks before or after our visit, or £10 for two weeks if you do not book a visit.