School Newsletters

Autumn term 2017

 Welcome to the Autumn Term Newsletter

Our school newsletter shares with you what Elmbridge Museum’s Learning service has been up to throughout the summer term.


We have already taken many bookings for this term and have events happening every week up until the half-term break. Our discovery boxes are also proving popular with our Stone Age and Roman boxes going out on loan this half term.

For full details of Elmbridge Museum’s learning programme, please visit the learning page on the Museum website.

 If you are interested in our Learning Officer visiting your school to deliver a workshop, or if you would like to hire a discovery box, we recommend you book at least a half-term in advance to avoid disappointment.

Roman workshop - strigils

 Seaside holidays from the past

Year 1 pupils from several local schools got into the summer spirit last term by taking part in our ‘Seaside holidays from the past’ workshop. In the 1.5hr session, children found out about seaside holidays in the past through handling artefacts and investigating photographs. Creative skills were also used as children made their own Punch and Judy puppets.

 Bespoke Workshops

In June, St. Matthew’s C of E Infant School held a special week to celebrate the life of a horse chestnut tree in their playground which had to be felled. Elmbridge Museum developed and led two whole school workshops on what the tree might have seen as it stood in the playground over the years. 

In our first session, children learnt about what it was like to be a child in Victorian times, how they wrote on chalk boards and what they played with. Our second workshop focused on what it was like to be a child in WW2. The children learnt about rationing and planned a meal based on what they had. They enjoyed learning wartime songs and were fascinated by the ration books and shrapnel they handled.   

If you are interested to find out how we can help with your school project please email the Learning Officer.  We can plan and deliver bespoke sessions to meet your requirements and would be delighted to discuss ways in which we are able to work with you. 

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 Learning on my Doorstep - Senior Leadership Network Day

Elmbridge Museum is pleased to be taking part in the second round of the Learning on My Doorstep (LOMD) project.

This initiative has been developed by Surrey Heritage and Surrey Museums Partnership to create sustainable partnerships between museums and schools. 

The Senior Leadership Network Day, organised as part of the project in July, provided a fantastic opportunity for Elmbridge Museum to share what they offer to teachers from the across Surrey, as part of their learning programme. 

Elmbridge Museum would like to work with a local secondary school to create a learning resource supported by the museum’s collection and linked to your school’s curriculum. If your school is part of a partnership, learning trust or academy and you or other schools in your network are interested in working with Elmbridge museum, please contact the museum.