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4. Learn and Discover

Schools education workshops and resources

Windsor & Royal Borough Museum opened in 2011. It presents the previously untold histories of residents and visitors to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The museum is on the ground floor of the Guildhall and is built near the site of the Old Market House. This historic location enables visitors to re-enact royal weddings, stand in the dock, listen to tales of the courtroom, and explore a place that still plays its part in the history of Windsor.

The museum offers schools sessions for children in Key Stage one and above that provide support for many programmes of study including: history, English, geography, drama and law. These sessions are designed to contribute to OFSTED's spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements using archives, museum collections and stories from people beyond the castle walls.

Schools sessions are available on Mondays from 10am and subject to availability throughout the rest of the week.

The museum also offers a series of talks, tours and outreach sessions along with opportunities for self guided visits. Please telephone the museum on 01628 685686 for more information or email [email protected].

 

Teaching Resources : ‘For King and Country’ WWI

A number of resources are available here to assist you to deliver WWI themed lessons. They have a local focus to support a local history project.

Please contact the museum if you would like to borrow objects to support the delivery of your WWI topic or require any assistance with the resources.

 

Example timelines for local area:

These timelines provide a visual resource demonstrating local chronology

Eton Wick timeline

Maidenhead timeline

Cox Green timeline

 

  • Key Stage 1

The Story of Louisa and the soldier's tank provides a short introduction to how objects can give us information about WWI

  • Key Stage 2

The Postman Soldier Carpet book tells the story of local man Albert Boddington who fought in WWI. Contact the museum for a copy of the book in hard copy, available free of charge for all schools in the Royal Borough. Download example pages of Carpet book with associated topic plan

This Land ship science activity is available to assist with delivering a cross curricula topic.

These resources have been developed as part of the For King and Country Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Workshop : 'Court in the Act' - Key Stage Two

This two hour local history session will help students find out about the past in the Royal Borough through:

  • Handling museum objects. 
  • Using original court records for evidence.
  • Developing literacy and persuasive language skills. 
  • Re-enacting a real court case. 
  • Working in small groups with allocated roles.

This session is held in the museum and The Guildhall.
Maximum 30 students per session.
Cost per session: £90.

 

Workshop : 'Windsor Through Time'  - Key Stage One and up

This two hour object based session focuses on the history of the local area and some of the town's residents by:

  • Handling museum objects.
  • Developing literacy skills through group based discussion.  
  • Using maps to build awareness of the local area.  
  • Comparing and contrasting the past with the present.

This session is held in the Museum and Guildhall.
Maximum 30 students per session.
Cost per session: £90.

Workshop : Oral History  - Key Stage Two and up

A three week course of workshops working with students preparing and assisting them to conduct and record interviews with people related to their topic focus.

Sessions will cover:

  • Researching the past.   
  • Learning interview techniques and writing questions.   
  • Using audio equipment to record interviews.   
  • Editing and exhibiting interview clips.

This is an outreach programme and workshops will take place at your school or at another preferred location.
Cost per session: Variable (minimum 3 sessions at £50 per session).

For bookings, more information or to discuss your school's needs please contact the education officer by email at [email protected] or call 01628 685686.

Resources - Loans boxes for hands on learning

We contribute to the Loan Box service from Reading Museum

  • Boxes provide real objects for children to feel and examine.
  • Chosen objects are packaged into over 1,500 loan boxes, together with teaching material.
  • Visit their Loans Online site to browse or book loan boxes.
  • Sessions are taught in the galleries at Reading Museum.
  • Sessions can be taught in the classroom, led by trained museum staff.

Loan boxes containing objects from Windsor & Royal Borough Museum include:

  • 19th Century; Maidenhead's Victorian Industries (H330), Weights and Measures (H333).
  • 20th Century; World War II (H331 and H332) and 1950s Home Life (H334).
  • Windsor Great Park (H335), Woodworking (H336), Saxon Settlement (H337).
  • Windsor and the Railway (H338), Windsor Castle (H339).

For access to the Borough's Loan boxes please contact:

Reading Museum and Town Hall
Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

0118 937 3400
[email protected]
www.readingmuseum.org.uk/schools