At Woburn Heritage Centre Museum, we endeavour to play a useful role in the wider community. A thriving and ongoing relationship has been established between the museum and several local lower schools, to whom the museum has become a valuable educational amenity and learning resource. We have a wealth of information on local trades, crafts, architecture, old photographs and village records which can be used for cross-curricula links and ‘learning outside the classroom’.
Groups of children are regularly welcomed into the museum for hands-on sessions on a variety of themes. Always popular are sessions based around the museum‘s replica “Victorian /Edwardian Kitchen“, complete with cooking range, laundry area, including a mangle, dolly and wash board and many original domestic artefacts.
Invaluable learning aids help to bring the past to life – three well stocked “Resource Boxes”, to complement and enhance classroom lessons. In addition to the Household and Toy Boxes, the Museum also has a Home Front Box. This is divided into two parts – one filled with original artefacts and memorabilia from wartime and an Evacuee’s Suitcase, which really captures the imagination of children.
For the loan of a Resource Box, for a period of up to one month, a refundable deposit of £10 is requested.
The School Liaison Team is invited into schools to talk to groups of children on The Story of Woburn or topics covered in class, taking with them fascinating and diverse objects from the museum, which help to bring the subjects to life.
Another activity offered by The Heritage Centre is a guided Woburn Village Trail, drawing attention to vernacular architecture, building materials, the townscape and aspects of change in local life.
Day Package for School Visits – duration 9.30 – 2.30 pm
- Museum tour on specified theme, handling session, powerpoint presentation on “The Story of Woburn”, museum related activities such as The Mouse Trail, The Face Trail, I Spy and Word Search.
- Woburn Village Trail followed up by a worksheet.
- Graveyard Trail noting names, family groups, trades and brass rubbing specific features.No formal charge is made for school visits, talks and walks offered by Woburn Heritage Centre, but donations are welcome.
All activities address literacy, numeracy and creative skills and a facility for picnic lunches is available.
Children using one of the resource boxes