Amberley Museum is reopening on Wednesday 19 May: we are currently taking school bookings from this date forward for a limited range of visit options. We will continue to offer Virtual Visits and Loan Boxes to enhance your classroom learning. Please see below for more details.
School Visits – Summer Term 2021
Amberley Museum is a large, mostly open-air site with plenty of space to explore at a safe distance from other visitors, as well as a dedicated lunch/bag storage space. We have been awarded Visit England’s ‘Good To Go’ standard for our COVID-19 precautions.
Visits can be reserved from Wednesday to Friday, though we are currently allowing only 60 children on site each day. This means that larger schools will need to visit over a number of days. You have a number of options:
- We will continue to run our ‘Journeys’ workshop (Reception & KS1-2) on the history of transport with minor alterations.
- You are welcome to reserve a self-led visit. Due to constrained space in the Milne Hall (electricity) and Connected Earth (telecommunications) buildings, visits to these areas will be by 45-minute appointment only, during which time your school group will have sole use of them (for no extra charge). We are unable to offer demonstrations of our high-voltage generators at this time.
- Self-led resources will be available to accompany your visit to the Connected Earth building, at the additional charge of £30 per class.
All activities will be risk-assessed for COVID-19 (details provided on enquiry). As per normal, teacher pre-visits are recommended and can be arranged at the time of booking.
If you need to remain at school…
NEW! – Virtual Visits
From January 2021, our popular 60-minute KS1 ‘Journeys’ workshop can be delivered to your class online, via the digital platform of your choice.
Pupils will experience the same activities as if they were here at the Museum, animated by the Learning Officer and a number of our knowledgeable volunteers through a series of pre-recorded videos, interactive elements and questions slots.
- A ride on the narrow-gauge railway.
- A visit to the wheelwrights’ workshop to see cartwheels and find out how they’re made.
- A visit to the Village Garage to investigate bicycles and motorised vehicles from the early- to mid-20th century.
- A ride on one of our vintage buses.
- FREE ‘Design a Train Ticket’ pre-visit activity!
Virtual Visits can be booked at 10am, 11.15am and 1pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
£40 per class/30 children
NEW! – Loan Boxes
You can now borrow a box of artefacts from the Museum’s collections to enhance your classroom learning. To use this service, a member of staff must be able to pick up and drop off the box to the Museum.
Communications – a selection of objects demonstrating the history of visual and telecommunications. Includes a working Morse code key and four sets of modern semaphore flags.
Everyday Inventions – intriguing household and work-based objects from the 19th & early 20th centuries, from button hooks to fat massagers!
N.B. We are building up a library of loan boxes on popular themes. If you have a suggestion for a new loan box that would suit your school curriculum, please get in touch!
- 10+ themed Museum artefacts and props for related activities
- Artefact fact sheets
- Handling notes
- Activity prompts
Mini (2 weeks): £40 / Regular (half term): £100
To reserve an experience, please email the Learning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning your school visit
DID YOU KNOW? 1 in 5 schools in and around the South Downs National Park is eligible to apply for a travel grant of up to £300 to visit Amberley Museum. To find out more, click here.
All school groups can make use of our undercover lunch spaces and gift shop, and take a ride on our narrow-gauge railway. Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our on-site shuttle bus is not currently running.
Our ample, free car/coach parking and position adjacent to Amberley mainline train station makes us a practical choice for a fuss-free day out.
Due to the historical nature of some of our exhibits and spaces, not all areas of the site are wheelchair accessible. If there are any accessibility needs within your group, please let us know so we can advise you further.