site for those
Some of our Volunteers
Education Team - dressing up!
'Child of the 1890s' - A
90 minute workshop looking at everyday life in Staines during
the year 1890 when Staines was a smoky, smelly manufacturing town
as it was changing from an agricultural way of life to the coming
of railways and industry. After a whole class introduction by
volunteers in Victorian costume, small groups study home life,
schools, and games. it includes handling Victorian objects and
Please note only one class
can fit into the musuem at any one time!
Although there is no charge
for this session, we do rely on the children spending money in
the museum shop. (see below) If your school does not want to do
this then we ask for a £20 donation per class.
We have a Victorian Loan
box available for 2 weeks loan for a £20 refundable deposit.
To accompany the box there is a Teachers Guide which costs
£2.50 which shows how the box can be used to promote observation,
comprehension, reading, mathematics and writing. Other publications
include a childrens book Child of Today looks back
at the Victorian Age (£1)
Box containing objects from a typical Victorian home in Spelthorne
in about 1890. Available for 2 weeks for a £20 returnable
Guide No 1
'Child of the 1890s' Children's lives in late Victorian Spelthorne.
'Child of Today Looks Back at the Victorian Age' A Child's guide
to life in Victorian times £1
Our very latest session,
about the Stone Age, or Prehistoric, is now available, focusing
on the Neolithic or New Stone Age. It has been trialled successfully
with a local school and is designed to support the National Curriculum.
After the whole class introduction by volunteers dressed in costume
the class is divided into three groups, each looking at how people
lived, what sort of food they ate, and a material handling session.
Spelthorne is fortunate in having had important Prehistoric sites
and the importance of these is explained to the children.
The Neolithic Session has
been developed with the support of Surrey County Councils
Learning on my Doorstep initiative.
Teachers Resource Pack No 3 - designed to help teachers to study
local history using resources available such as maps, census information
and trade directories. It is based on 3 families trading in Staines
High Street in the 1880s and contains copies of historical sources,
questions and activities. It is designed to teach how to use primary
sources and develop historical thinking. 'Take Three Famillies'
Spelthorne Museum has a large archive and photographic collection
which may help in researching your family history and local history
projects. It also has copies of several directories, such as Kelly's
and bound copies of The Middlesex Chronicle ( a local newspaper)
going back to the 1800s. If you have an enquiry e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
but please remember we are all volunteers and it may take some time
as working with schools, the Education Team can also host group
visit sessions for out of school groups such as scouts, guides cubs
and brownies. Arrangements can also be made for Adult Group visits
outside normal opening hours with a conducted tour of the museum
by one of the volunteers.
Family Activity Days usually have a specific theme and invite
everyone for fun and games in the museum.
Publications - a series of 'Little Books' aimed to get people
interested in the history of Spelthorne.
To contact the Education Team on any of the above subjects,
for further details
|If you have
an enquiry about the history of the Spelthorne area and think Spelthorne
Museum can help, e-mail
email@example.com but please be patient, we are
all volunteers and it may take some time to investigate
Museum has a small shop selling many items of historical interest
and publications on history in the local area. It includes plenty
of 'pocket-money' items such as model Roman soldiers, cut-and-colour
sheets, Victorian money and children's books.
|The shop is
in the Thames Room and is normally only open when volunteers are
on duty Wednesdays & Fridays 2 - 4pm and Saturdays 1.30 - 4.30pm.
First Saturday of each month 11 am - 4:30pm. However it can also
open for school sessions and group visits.
Education Team photos