Education at the Museum

Let's make learning fun and bring the past to life.

At Berwick Museum we provide a wide range of activities for children to bring the past the life and make your visit a memorable one


Prehistory


Uncover our area’s prehistoric past using evidence from local excavations and artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

Bronze Age Dig!


How do we know what life was like 4,000 years ago? Get your hands dirty and find out!

Take part in a mock archaeological excavation and explore the Museum’s prehistory collection to discover life in the Bronze Age. Use the artefacts you have uncovered to explore Bronze Age crafts, customs and beliefs.
KS2 First/Second Level

Our Border Story


Investigate the exciting and bloody history of Berwick and the Border Lands from 13th-17th Century

From Golden Age to Darkest Days


Medieval Berwick in the 13th century - investigating Edward I’s brutal attack on Berwick, a prosperous Royal Scottish Burgh, in 1296.
• Discover the role of religious houses in Berwick at this time - the trading and land owning interests of the Border abbeys and the work of friars in the religious hospitals. Dress up as friars and try to ‘cure’ your patients using herbal medicine.
• Explore this strategically important town, its defences and the part it played at the start of the Scottish Wars of Independence. Make your own siege weapon and attack Berwick Castle!
Can be combined with a guided walk to the Bell Tower and the site of Edward I’s town walls to create a full day visit.
KS1/2 First/Second Level

Life in a Tudor Garrison Town


Using documentary sources from Berwick’s archives, a detailed 16th century plan of the town and well preserved artefacts from excavations on Marygate, pupils will build up a picture of what life was like in this 16th century border town for its English and Scottish inhabitants.
• Can you crack the Tudor code and read a 500 year old document?
• Using experimental archaeology, recreate the role of a 16th century Scottish cobbler by learning his leather working skills.
KS2/3 First/Second Level

The Battle of Flodden



Through a series of hands-on learning activities, using archaeological and documentary evidence, discover the Battle of Flodden… the local battle that helped shape our nation.
Flodden was the last great medieval battle on British soil resulting in a devastating defeat for the Scottish army and the loss of their King, James IV.
Local history at its most exciting!
Can be booked as a half or a full day of workshops. Site visits to Flodden are also available, please contact us for details.
KS2 First/Second Level

World War I


Using evidence from the archives, explore the impact of World War I on our local community. Please contact us for details.

Berwick’s Burrell Collection


Using archive materials and the artworks themselves, discover Berwick’s Burrell treasures and the man who collected them.

The Man who Collected the World


Discover Burrell, the man and the collector through archive sources. Explore the concept of collecting by taking part in a mock auction using pieces from Berwick’s Burrell Collection.
Can be combined with a guided gallery tour to create a full day visit.
KS2/3 Second Level
More Art Workshops coming soon. Please contact us for details.

Schools can visit
Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm.
Costs: £5 per pupil for a full day visit
(2 workshops plus room for lunch)
£3 per pupil for a half day visit
(1 workshop - 2 hours)
A self led visit to Berwick Museum and Art Gallery is free to schools but booking is still required.
Facilities: Toilets - Shop - Lunch Room
For more information or to book your visit contact: Jane Miller, Education & Outreach Officer Tel: 07768 557698 Email: JMiller@woodhorn.org.uk