School visits at the Museum of Childhood

Costumed interpreter and families in the Victorian schoolroom at the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

At the Museum of Childhood children can compare lives and experiences from the 19th century to the present day in seven themed galleries covering different aspects of childhood from adventure, working children, school days and much more. The galleries contain objects past and present, films, stories and activities showing how childhood has changed. In addition to self led tours of the museum we offer learning workshops led by our fully trained learning team. Each activity lasts for one hour. We are happy to discuss any special requirements and to work with you to develop activities.

Our learning facilities

The guided sessions take place in either the Museum galleries or in our dedicated learning rooms. There is a school lunch area inside the Museum and children can also enjoy a run around our outdoor woodland play area.
The Museum has a lift and is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. Please let us know of any special requirements you have prior to your visit so we can make it as fulfilling as possible.  Please note we can only accommodate a maximum of four wheelchair users at one time.

School visit prices 

Entry into the Museum is £3.70 per child (one adult free with every six children for KS1 and with every eight children for KS2).
Admission is free to Education Group Membership schools. For all schools we charge £2.40 per child for our guided activities.

Booking a visit

All school visits need to be booked in advance. For more information on any of the activities or to make a booking please telephone our learning team on 01283 586805 or send us an email.
We offer free preliminary visits for teachers when a school has made a booking. We welcome groups of up to 60 and are open for school bookings from late February to December, Mondays to Fridays, term time only.  Please note we work to Derbyshire school term times.

Guided activities

We can offer guided activities led by our fully trained learning team. Each activity lasts for one hour and we have organised what we offer by Key Stage as all of our activities have cross-curricular links.
Our activities include: 
  • Victorian School Room History, KS1, KS2 & Colleges
  • Teddy Bears History and Literacy, Foundation and KS1
  • Exploring Toys History, Science and Technology, KS1, KS2 & KS3
  • Stories and Imagination Literacy and Creativity, Foundation, KS1 & Early Years Students