Education at Bexhill Museum

Information for Teachers

During the present lockdown we have continued to support schools by providing Loan Boxes of carefully selected original and replica items, some of which can be handled under supervision. The boxes are also designed to help teachers with preparing online learning ideas for children of all abilities.

Loan boxes may be borrowed by teachers at registered schools for up to two weeks at a time. The current themes are:

  • The Stone Age
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Toys
  • World War II in Bexhill
  • Local Smuggling
  • Early motoring resource box

For further information and to book, please email us at [email protected].

Children taking a class

Education at Bexhill Museum

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

As schools & colleges prepare to return to normal activities Bexhill Museum will continue to adapt and expand its popular education offer to meet changing challenges. Please contact our education team by email at [email protected] to learn more.

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.

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!

Help for young students learning how animals and plants adapt to living in the polar regions. Investigating the effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystems of the North and South Poles, and the global effects those changes might have for all of us.

Higher Education & Secondary Schools

Not presently available: 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.

Not presently available: 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.

Not presently available: 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 Loan Boxes

During the current pandemic, the Museum is limiting its outreach facilities. To meet demand, we have expanded the range of our popular Loan Boxes, which contain carefully selected original and replicas, some of which can be handled under supervision.

The boxes and their contents are quarantined for 72 hours between use. Normal charges for borrowing the boxes have been lifted during the current crisis. Please contact the education team for details.

Museum Loan Box Themes

Loan boxes may be borrowed by teachers at registered schools for up to two weeks at a time. The current themes are:

  • The Stone Age
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Toys
  • World War II in Bexhill
  • Local Smuggling
  • Early motoring resource box

 

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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