New School Workshops

Three completely new workshops are being made available for schools this academic year.

Working in partnership with The Young Actors, we have created these inspiring, hands-on workshops that will allow children to access history through drama. All workshops use research and artefacts as their basis but are intended to encourage critical thinking and reflection.

The sessions are:

1. World War One

This session developed as we investigated the impact that war on the locality for an exhibition.

Opening with a focus on the Belgian refugees who came to Nantwich, we will be encouraging participants to think about what this experience would have been like and some of the emotions that refugees may have felt. This will be then juxtaposed as we turn to look at what life would have been like for locals in particular the reactions to recruitment. We move on to examine some of the consequences of war which provides the opportunity to delve into the role of convalescent homes, of which there were several in the local area. The session will conclude with us thinking about the aftermath of war and remembrance.

Various activities will be included throughout including writing poetry, staging a recruitment drive and adding to an installation.

This session is aimed at children in years 5 and 6. It allows pupils to consider factual information whilst drawing on emotional and moral issues.

Download Adobe PDF file




WW1 Workshop Information

2. John Gerard

Meet John Gerard, a Tudor herbalist who was born in the Nantwich area and find out more about Tudor attitudes to health. Using living history, children will be able to ask John Gerard about what it was like to live during this time. What fears did the Tudors have, was life the same for everyone? Explore the town, handle objects and then make your own medicine under the watchful eye of Mr. Gerard.

John Gerard Workshop Information

3. Timothy Fivesteps

This workshop sees a departure from our traditional workshops as we enter the mystical world of Timothy Fivesteps and the Surreal Objects. Using completely unique objects inspired by the Museum’s collection, the purpose of this session is to fire up childrens’ imaginations, explore language, speech and writing skills, develop stories and use drama in order to help Timothy Fivesteps to deliver these very strange objects back to their owners.

Timothy Fivestep and Surreal Object Information

Object Dialogue Box

We have just started an exciting project to expand our offer in order to better meet the needs of people living in the community, particularly those who may be living with dementia. This project will see us create ‘reminiscence boxes’ and also an additional resource: an ‘object dialogue box’.

On Thursday 4th July, Museum staff, volunteers, library staff, health care professionals, residents from nearby care homes as well as people living with dementia and their carers joined together at the Museum to discuss with Anne Sherman, Arts Officer for Health and Older People and Karl Foster, an artist, to discuss what kind of resources and services the Museum might be able to offer to people with dementia. We found that some of the objects from the Museum store could be particularly helpful.

Discussion group Discussion of objects

Karl Foster of Hedsor has a wealth of experience of creating object dialogue boxes and examples of his work can be found at Manchester Art Gallery and the Imperial War Museum. The objects created were inspired by the Museum’s collection and are designed to promote conversation and exploration.

Karl Foster More workshop pics

As an illustration, he showed us an object he had made, and asked us to think about how it made us feel. Some of the exercises were mysterious but very effective.

Following Thursday’s workshop, Karl is now going away to create some objects. They will be unusual, yet will have a connection to the collection and a link to items on permanent display. The Museum will be using the time until these objects are completed in September to think about what exactly we will be able to offer and to take part in more training.

The Museum has found that there is scope to use the Museum’s collection to provide worthwhile experiences for people living with dementia.  This project will demonstrate to similar size museums and organisations how large scale national projects and initiatives can be adapted with more modest resources. Other projects which have been taking place across the country includes The House of Memories, which was developed at Liverpool Museum, and more locally a project that has just started at Bridgend Community Centre.

More Info:

Age UK’s section on Dementia

Object Dialogue Box – website by Karl Foster


Schools, Colleges and Community Groups

Schools, colleges and community groups

Our workshops include:

  • National Curriculum related workshops
  • Hands on learning
  • Handling objects from the collection
  • Role play, living history and/or hot seating
  • Exploring the Museum displays
  • Tour of the town/riverside/canal

Reception and Key Stage 1

Introduction to Museums

A fun introduction to what a museum is and how it can help us learn about different people and places. Investigate objects and materials, handle objects and materials, try on costumes and discover similarities and differences between old and new.

bear1Toys Through Time

Come and meet our Edwardian teddy and his friends! Explore and identify differences between old and new toys. Learn how to handle fragile objects. Enjoy fun activities and play time.

The Great Fire of Nantwich

Become a Tudor fire detective and uncover clues in the Museum and around town. Learn about the importance of written evidence, try on replica Tudor costumes, take part in exciting role play. Explore the events of December 1583 and find out how people used to put out fires.
This topic can be linked to the Great Fire of London.

Key Stage 2


Discover how Nantwich changed during the Victorian era. Find out about the lives of Victorian people, handle real Victorian artefacts, explore the town and find clues about our Victorian past.

Discover Tudor Nantwich

Learn about rich and poor in Tudor Nantwich. Become a Tudor detective and examine objects, written evidence, costume and buildings to find out about life in the Tudor times. shoes

Discover Tudor Medicine

Examine Nantwich-born John Gerard’s famous ‘Herbal’ published in 1597 and uncover Tudor attitudes to illness and medicine. Take part in role play activities, handle artefacts and try on costumes.

Key Stage 2/3

World War II

Discover what life was like for local children and evacuees. Find out how Crewe and Nantwich contributed to the ‘was effort’. Handle real artefacts amd examine real documents from the period. Imagine what it must have been like to be a child during the Second World War.

The Civil War and Battle of Nantwich

Find out about the role Nantwich played in the Civil War during the 1640s. Examine real shot and cannon balls found around Nantwich, handle replica objects and try on costumes to learn about life in the 17th century. Decide whether you would have been a Royalist or a Parliamentarian.

Local Study

Examine maps, photographs, documents and artefacts to find out about Nantwich and the people who have lived and worked here. Discover how things have changed and developed over the years.

Sessions can be adapted to suit different ages and abilities up to KS4.

We have recently delivered sessions on archaeology, shoes and shoe making in Nantwich and the Romans in Nantwich.


Half day session (2-2.5 hours)  £2.50 per child. This includes object handling and for most topics a tour of the town.

Full day session £3.50 per child. This includes a practical activity session in the afternoon:

  •  Butter-making (Victorians and WWII)
  • Making soap balls (Tudors and Civil War)
  • Making model houses (Tudors and Victorians)
  • Making sock puppets (toys)

All of these sessions can be combined with a tour of St. Mary’s Church.

Outreach sessions

We can come out to your school.

£100 for a half-day and £180 for a full day

For more information or to book email:

We are always happy to adapt sessions to specific needs.