Education at Amberley

Education at Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

The wide range of exhibits at the Museum reflects the changes that have taken place in everyday life from the Industrial Revolution onwards.
The collections, which include historic buildings and transport machines, have a particular emphasis on History, Science, Technology and Engineering.
The Museum site is unique. With over 40 buildings situated within a chalk quarry ecosystem it offers students a rich and varied environment to explore. Many of the exhibits have a strong ‘hands on’ element or are ‘live’ enabling visitors to experience themes, concepts and technologies first hand.
We understand that all groups and learners are different and take care to adapt our service to meet your needs. Amberley is popular with a wide range of students including those with special needs, home educator groups, out of school learners, early years groups and family centres. Please contact the Education Officer who will be happy to discuss any special requirements you may have.
Though the majority of trip organisers like to include a talk, workshop or demonstration as part of the day, we welcome teacher led visits

Schools & Young Learners

Workshops are a great way to focus your visit and make aspects of the Museum more accessible to young visitors. All include hands on experience and have cross curricular elements. Please see the table below for further details.
It is important to create a balance between structured learning time and time to look around the Museum. Most schools find one talk or workshop is sufficient. As there is so much to discover, you may prefer to plan a teacher led visit.
Remember the Museum covers 36 acres. Please provide your staff and parent helpers with a site map, times and locations of workshops, talks and demonstrations so that they are prepared.

Talks & Workshops

Example Workshops

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Ingenious Inventions

Explore behind the scenes at Amberley Museum
  • Learn how to be a Curator
  • Tour of the archive
  • Cataloguing objects activity session
Subject areas covered:
Design Technology
(45-60 mins) Wed/Thurs only
Take a journey on our vintage bus
  • Travel past and present.
  • The role of the Bus Crew (costumed role play)
  • Bus journey in our 1930s style hats
Subject areas covered:
English - speaking and listening
Take a close look at some ingenious inventions
  • What is an invention?
  • Discover some of our most amazing inventions on the Ingenious Inventions Trail
Subject areas covered:
English - Speaking and
Design technology

Ks 2-5 <15 People £30

Ks 1 <30 People

Ks 1-2 <30 People £30

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For details on the full range of workshops we offer

All talks and workshops are subject to availability.
Please book at least 1 month in advance of your visit.
Talks and workshops take place in different areas around the Museum. Details of where to assemble will be included in your booking confirmation.

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Contact Us

Please contact us to discuss your requirements further. We will be able to provide you with possible dates, details of other workshops if required, and all aspects of your booking. You can contact the education department by filling in the form below, alternatively you can e-mail or telephone the Museum office.
School Booking Enquiry
Before submitting please read our education booking terms

The small print for education bookings

  • Please complete a booking enquiry form at least one month prior to your intended visit
  • If you need to cancel please do so in writing as soon as possible. We require at least two weeks’ notice otherwise you will be charged the full cost of the visit.
  • Any alterations to group numbers must be made no later than 14 days prior to you visit. We require at least two weeks’ notice otherwise you will be charged the full cost of the visit.
  • The Museum reserves the right to refuse entry to large groups who have not booked in advance.
  • All workshops, talks and demonstrations are subject to availability. For reasons beyond the Education Service’s control, it is very occasionally necessary to cancel a booked activity at short notice.
  • The Museum’s bus and train service relies on vintage vehicles, operated by a volunteer crew. We can therefore never fully guarantee the availability of bus and train services.
  • It may not be possible to re-schedule the times of pre-booked activities, such as workshops, for school groups who arrive late. The Museum reserves the right to cancel such activities or shorten their duration in these circumstances.
  • Complimentary tickets are provided for staff planning a visit. This is particularly important as, due to the varied nature of the site it is not possible to provide a comprehensive risk assessment for every visit. Please telephone the Museum Office in advance of your pre-visit and provide staff with the date you intend to come and the number of tickets required. These tickets are not for entry on the day of your visit.
  • Please note that a booking has not been made until you receive a booking confirmation letter from us.
  • We require you pay on the day by cash, cheque or debit card. You will not be permitted onsite unless the full amount has been paid