Education at Bexhill Museum

Information for Teachers

Bexhill Museum’s mission is to encourage discovery. We offer a wide range of subjects across the humanities, science, technology and art with sessions for primary, secondary and higher education groups.

In addition to our impressive Sargent Gallery we have the Costume & Social History Gallery and the Motoring Heritage Gallery. Our Education Room is fully equipped with a projector and audiovisual equipment.

If you have an idea for a visit but can’t see it listed, please contact us. We are happy to plan a bespoke visit. We can meet the needs of children of all abilities. The Museum fully meets 2010 Equalities Act requirments.

Further information, booking forms and a copy of our Education Visits Risk Assessment can be found on this website. You can also email us at [email protected]

Children taking a class

Primary School Visits

Girl looking a seashell exhibitionWe offer a wide range of interactive Enhanced Visits for primary schools, including opportunities to handle selected artefacts, and guided tours and activities in the galleries and Education room.

Your visit will be led by our experienced team of education volunteers and where possible, our curator. From your first contact with us, we will work with you to ensure your visit goes to plan and is as enjoyable as possible for you and your pupils.

On a Standard Visit our trail guide sheets allow pupils to explore the Museum at their own pace. Our Take One Object schemes offer a cross-curricular approach by focussing on a particular artefact. By arrangement (see the Standard Assisted Visit), our team can give a short talk appropriate to your topic. See over for the list of subjects we offer.

History & Culture

See the Museum’s impressive collection of artefacts at close hand, including hand axes, flint arrowheads and pottery shards.

Learn how the Ancient Egyptians lived and died. Investigate the mummification process and our fantastic Egyptology exhibits.

Explore Celtic culture and everyday Roman artefacts including mosaics, hypocaust tiles and a pot from Pompeii!

The chilling history of smuggling in Bexhill and along our coast. Discover the story of the gruesome Battle of Sidley Green.

Childhood, schools, home and the workhouse. Pupils can experience a short lesson in a recreated Victorian schoolroom.

The Victorian era of discovery and exploration as experienced by Annie, Lady Brassey, famous local traveller and collector.

The lives of Bexhill people transformed by the Great War: for the soldiers at on the frontline and the civilians at home.

Learn about rationing, evacuation, ‘Make Do and Mend’, gas masks and Coastal Defence. Find out if a bomb fell on your street!

The Museum has toys dating from ancient Egypt to the present day, including teddy bears, dolls, kits and games.

Trace the story of Bexhill from its beginnings as a small rural village to its emergence as a thriving Victorian seaside resort.

Learn about the coming of the railway in 1846, the first British motor car race, organised in Bexhill in 1902, and the story of how the iconic De La Warr Pavilion came to be built in the town - and why.

Study our collection of maps and plans and see what they can tell us about the changing landscape around Bexhill.

Science & Technology

Dig through our paleontological and geological collections and discover Bexhill’s very own dinosaurs: the Iguanodon, the Baryonyx, the Polacanthus, and the smallest dinosaur so far discovered in Britain!

Discover Bexhill’s motoring heritage and our unique car collection. Interactive exhibits explore different forms of energy, forces and motion in the wheels workshop.

The Sargent Gallery collection dives into the world’s oceans and its amazing sealife. Don’t miss the Giant Crab of Japan, which has fascinated local schoolchildren for decades!

Inspect the bugs and minibeasts in our collection. Discover the bird-eating spiders that used to live in the Museum as well as the delicate butterfly and beetle collections.

Higher Education & Secondary School Visits

For Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS and A Level groups. We have a wealth of valuable material, original sources and unique artefacts. Possible areas for research include the King’s German Legion, Smuggling, Bexhill’s development as a seaside resort or the town’s role in the two World Wars.

Intended for students studying textiles and costume and guided by a volunteer tutor, students can study the making of garments from the Georgian period onwards. Sewing and design techniques are covered in detail and some historic garments can be handled by students with care.

Choose from the various subjects the Museum offers for Humanities and Science and we will make sure areas covered are suitable for your year group and subject focus. If you have a subject in mind and cannot find it listed, please talk to us. We may be able to help.

 

Museum Outreach Service

The Museum offers a range of outreach facilities. A member of the Education team can visit your school with an outreach box for up to an hour’s session. We can offer the following topics.

  • Bexhill Dinosaurs & Geology
  • The Ancient Egyptians & Mummification
  • The Victorians
  • Second World War Home Front
  • Toys & Childhood

Museum Loan Boxes

Loan boxes may be borrowed free by teachers at registered schools for use with their classes for up to two weeks at a time. The current themes are, the First World War and ‘People and Places’.

Guided Walks

We can arrange local history and geology walks. Popular subjects include the Kings German Legion and Bexhill in the First or Second World Wars. If you have a special interest, please enquire. Please note that the Guided Walks may be cancelled at short notice in poor weather conditions.

Fees

Primary and Secondary

Standard Visit £1.00 per student

Standard Assisted Visit £2.00 per student

Enhanced Visit £3.00 per student

Groups of fewer than 10, please note that we charge a minimum of £30 for enhanced visits.

Age 16 plus and Tertiary

Standard Visit £2.00 per student

Enhanced Visit £4.00 per student

Please contact the Museum directly for prices for the Costume Handling Workshop.

Outreach

Conducted by the curator £80 per hour session

Conducted by trained museum volunteer £50 per hour session

Plus transport based on mileage at 50p per mile or public transport equivalent.

Guided Walks

£50 per session

Loan Boxes

No charge

To book

Phone 01424 222058 or 01424 213026

[email protected]

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