Allerford Museum
the home of
The West Somerset Rural Life Museum
The Victorian Schoolroom
The West Somerset Photographic Archive

The Old School, Allerford, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8HN.
                    Registered Charity No. 1065071

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SCHOOL VISIT - Programme

Maximum no. children …… 32
Staff nos. …………………. as required for adequate supervision.

Charges:  10.00am - 12.30pm                £1.50 per pupil
                    10.00am - 2.00pm                  £2.00 per pupil
                    All accompanying staff FREE.
                    If staying until 2.00pm, please bring packed lunches & drinks for
                    everyone. These may be eaten outside if fine or inside if wet.


a. Arrival:  Coach/mini buses unload outside museum. Public toilets are next
                    to the car park opposite the museum. The coach can go back to the
                    coach park in Minehead.

b. Drill/PT: If dry, 10-15 minutes of gentle exercises in the playground to
                    demonstrate the Victorian method.

c.                 Children split into two groups,
                    Group 1 go into the schoolroom and dress in Victorian clothes.
                    They are then given a 40 minute Victorian style lesson.

                    Group 2 go to areas of the museum relevant to the Victorian
                    curriculum and are given explanations with demonstrations
                    of the artefacts and how they were used (e.g. laundry, cooking)

d.                Both groups then have 15 minutes playtime with hoops, stilts,
                    marbles, hopscotch, skipping ropes, etc.

e.                Group 1 then goes into the museum while Group 2 have the
                    lesson in the schoolroom.

f.                 Those leaving at 12.30pm then have a short playtime until the
                    arrival of their transport or can look round the remainder of
                    the museum.

g.                Those staying for lunch will have time for a rest after food,
                    a look round the museum and a further play period.

There is a small shop in the museum selling toys and items of memorabilia.
It is suggested that, if they are allowed to shop, they bring no more than £3.