Educational visits to Polesden Lacy

A boy looks intently at a tree trunk through a magnifying glass

Choose from a range of interactive, hands-on, curriculum-linked activities, which can be adapted to suit your requirements. Our learning team is led by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, many of whom are teachers.

Primary and secondary school visits can be tailored to fit your curriculum focus and can include the following elements:
 

Local history: Polesden’s role in the World Wars

Our popular Polesden Marches On programme is an immersive experience exploring aspects of life at Polesden and within the local community during both World Wars. We’ve incorporated reminiscences collected from local people, evacuees and air raid wardens, in order to delve deeper into what it was like to be evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz.


Students will spend time in our produce gardens thinking more about eating a diet restricted by ration cards, the black market and the importance of the Dig for Victory campaign. A time capsule trail in the grounds features a series of objects for students to discover and to consider why these unique items were relevant and important to children their own age in wartime.

The 'Margaret Helen' Spitfire, named after Mrs Greville
A World War Two Spitfire named after Mrs Greville

Life in Mrs Greville’s time – ‘Upstairs, downstairs’

This spring we launched a new educational activity that focuses on what life was like living and working in an Edwardian country house and estate, like Polesden Lacey.


Working with our house and education teams and using authentic objects from our handling collection, students will explore the differences between what life was like for servants and the upper class families they served. What was a typical working day like for one of our scullery maids? What was worn? What was eaten? And how did the First World War revolutionise the relationship between upstairs and downstairs?

Servants would have to jump to action as soon as they were called
An Edwardian call board

Outdoor activities

There are lots of things to discover and explore in our gardens or out on the wider estate. 
Ranmore Common, a large part of Polesden’s 1400 acre estate, has been awarded the SSSI status meaning it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the variety of rare species that call the woodland home.


Work with our ranger and learning teams or try a self-led activity to find out more about local biodiversity, plant life and how to conserve our beautiful natural environment. Activities include: ‘Go wild’ woodland craft packs, orienteering and map reading, ranger led rambles, plant identification and bat spotting. 

Discover more about local wildlife
A child looks for bugs under flowerpots

Art and conservation

Our team can arrange for older children to draw some of the treasures in the house, or paint the stunning views from our gardens. 


If conservation is a theme you wish to explore, members of our house team can give pupils a masterclass about the conservation work which takes place around the house on a daily basis. 
 

Special needs

Within the house ground floor rooms, like the dining room and the Gold Saloon, are wheelchair accessible, along with various routes throughout the grounds. Our learning team will be delighted to adapt our activities to suit the needs of any child.

To arrange a visit, call to speak to our education team on 01372 452048 or email sheila.jones@nationaltrust.org.uk or lesley.hankin@nationaltrust.org.uk and we’ll do our best to tailor an education experience just for you. 

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