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Learning at The Long Shop

The Long Shop Museum offers learners of all ages an atmospheric and historic environment, rich with collections and stories from the past.


We specialise in KS2 sessions and offer tours and high quality curriculum based workshops that can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

Do get in contact with our Learning & Outreach Co-ordinator to create a visit suited to your current subjects and themes.

Facilities for schools

  • Free coach parking on site for mini buses and small coaches, drop off point for large coaches and turning area.
  • Indoor and outdoor picnic areas
  • Storage for bags
  • Inspiring and safe learning environments in the museum and our modern education room.
  • Shop with pocket money items, or pre-paid gift bag option
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair access to all of site expect upstairs in Long Shop building due to original steps.
  • Outside garden with space for break times and games.

For Teachers:

  • Free entry for teachers and other accompanying adults for sessions in the museum.
  • Free planning visits for teachers.
  • Resources to support your visit before, during and after your visit.

Our Current offers:

Victorian Apprentice Days:

Pupils come for a full day to experience the life of a Garrett Apprentice, and hear . Pupils take part in a selection of six activities including sessions with costumed characters, roll-play, hands-on craft activities and object handling. There are two other variations of the Apprentice day:

KS2 Union Discussion:

Pupils are introduced to real-life scenarios involving workers and managers. We ask them to weigh up the different arguments and draw their own conclusions over whether the workers should set up a union.

KS1 Victorian/Within Living Memory Day:

The workshop can be adapted to suit a younger class, exploring Changes within living memory and bringing in significant historical figures in the locality, such as Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson, first British female Doctor and Mayor. This can be a whole or half day session.

Whole day (10am-2.30pm) per pupil: £5 per pupil for schools within local area. Includes a pre-visit from our volunteers in character. (Added travel expenses cost for schools further afield)

Half day (10am-12.30pm, or 12pm-2.30pm) per pupil: £3 (Depending on activities and if pre-visit is required)

 Maximum group size: 60 pupils


Changes in Medicine:

Pupils can discover the risks and dangers of a Victorian Factory and meet a Barber Surgeon, compare and examine medical objects, explore natural remedies, and find out more about Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson, Britain’s first female doctor!

Maximum group size: 30 pupils

£3 for a half day session.


Curriculum links

KS2 History

  • Local history study.
  • A significant turning point in history.
  • Study of a theme or aspect of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • Understanding how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

KS2 English

  • Draw on new vocabulary from reading and listening.
  • Nurture pupils listening skills and their ability to describe, interpret and discuss.
  • Engage pupils with museum objects as sources of inspiration and knowledge.
  • Develop critical thinking.

Why not come on a self led visit?

Ideal visit time: One and a half hours.

Maximum group size: 30 pupils

Price per pupil: £2.50, teachers and accompanying adults free.

Talk to our Learning and Outreach Co-ordinator about resources that could be used during your visit, and any additional extras such as meeting costumed characters and object handling sessions.


We are currently developing an ‘Engineers Tool Box’ to be used by Primary Schools at the museum. The box will include real museum objects, documents, photographs, maps and real stories of workers at the Garrett Works.

If you are a teacher who would like to be involved in helping us develop our Engineers Tool Box and be the first to use it free of charge with your school, please get in contact with us.

We are also developing new KS3 sessions based on previous informal workshops. These are based around Suffragettes, World War One: To Fight or Not To Fight?, and Industrialisation & Change.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)makingitworklogo

As part of our Arts Council funded project called Making It Work which focuses on STEM and celebrating creativity, we are working with two local primary schools to create exciting and unique workshops.

The first workshop called Magic Materials, will introduce pupils to the range of materials that were used in the Garrett Works. Pupils will use the brand new Long Shop Portables to investigate the properties of varied materials, and find out how their unique properties make them suitable for their specific uses. Using museum objects and historical sources about real workers, pupils will be encouraged to work scientifically, discuss, hypothesise, and observe the Magic Materials that were used in the Garrett Engineering Works, as well as today.

The Long Shop Portables are also available to be borrow in part or whole, or used on an independent visit to the museum.

The workshop will be piloted by the partner schools in June 2016, and launched for bookings for Spring 2017. Please contact the Learning & Outreach Co-ordinator for more details or to be added to our teachers contacts list to be first in line to book

Nurseries and Early Years

We are developing topic boxes for under 5s. Each one is designed to encourage active learning for children as they explore different areas of the museum. Themes include fire engines, farming, hats and wheels. Materials range from stories to craft activities.

Book a topic box and use it as the focus for a self-led session in the museum. Groups are welcome to use the Garrett Room as a base and both this, and the garden, are perfect for picnics.

Booking and information:

Tabitha Runacres, Learning & Outreach Co-ordinator.

Key documents:

To book a self led visit or delivered session at the museum, please get in touch with the Learning & Outreach Co-ordinator to discuss your requirements, and send a completed booking form below after confirming.

Our schools booking form:

LSM booking form

The Long Shop Museum school visit Risk Assessment:

(Teachers are advised to carry out a free pre-visit to the site and complete their own assessment.)

LS Risk Assessment

Information about our KS2 Victorian Apprentice Day:

Your School Long Shop Museum Visit