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School visits and loan boxes

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life welcomes visits by school groups and learners of all ages.

Our site offers pupils the opportunity to explore the main social history collection in Lincolnshire with exhibits dating from 1750 to the present day.

We offer a popular range of educational activities, linked to the National Curriculum. Teachers and pupils (for a modest charge) are offered:

  • opportunities to access and handle real artefacts and examine archival images and documents
  • stimulating ‘first person’ interpretation sessions led by our staff
  • activities which complement work done in the classroom and link with National Curriculum requirements
  • a newly refurbished and dedicated Learning Space for activities and lunchtime requirements
  • teacher information packs are available for all sessions which include background notes and information about activities and resources

Sessions are available for booking Monday to Friday during term time and can include half or full day visits. We recommend booking at least six weeks in advance to ensure availability. 

We welcome visits to the museum by teachers leading their own school groups. There are a number of handling kits we can make available for use at the museum during your visit. Please call to book these and to discuss your requirements.

Complimentary planning pre-visit

Teaching staff are encouraged to make a complimentary pre-visit to complete their Risk Assessment and review teacher-led handling materials. Staff will be happy to help answer any questions regarding your visit.

Activities for KS1, KS2 and KS3 pupils

We offer a wide range of activities as part of our education programme with Victorian, First and Second World War and Mechanisms / Forces themes. 

Options can be chosen to make up a Victorian-themed activity day to suit the needs of your group. Alternatively, you can follow our suggested options based around the themes of Victorian childhood and Victorian household.

Victorian activities include:

  • handling resources packs which contain real artefacts, images and copies of archival documents. These can be used during your visit to support and enable pupils in investigation and discovery about aspects of Victorian life from primary sources of evidence
  • opportunities to take part in role play activities and meet a living history character in the school room or domestic wing, led by museum staff
  • opportunities for children to dress up in Victorian costume
  • all groups receive an introduction to the museum, health and safety advice and a short scene setting introduction to introduce the topic which asks pupils to consider the different lives of some real Victorian children

The following education sessions are also available at the museum:

  • Feel the Force is aimed at KS1 pupils and includes a guided tour around Ellis’ Mill exploring the mechanics of cogs, gears and levers. It also includes the chance to see a working machine and explore push and pull forces around the museum.
  • Transport Tours give an opportunity for KS1 pupils to explore our transport gallery and see the wagons and carts in the agricultural gallery. This is usually a shorter visit (2 hours), ideal for KS1 pupils, and includes a PowerPoint presentation of images of transport from the past, taken from the Lincolnshire Illustrations Index.
  • World War Two is aimed at KS2 pupils and offers the opportunity to come to the museum as an evacuee and find out what life was like on the Home Front during the Second World War. The day includes a wartime shopping experience to find out about rationing, the chance to investigate evacuees suitcases, explore a soldier’s kit and a Second World War-themed gallery tour. As with all our activities, the experience of pupils is enhanced by use of images from the Lincolnshire Illustrations Index and the opportunity to handle objects from the era.
  • World War One is aimed at KS3 pupils and uses the resources of the museum to explore aspects of the First World War in a local context. Activities develop a range of themes, including the changing role of women, the rapid pace of technological development (Lincoln was where the tank was invented) and propaganda. A First World War-themed gallery tour is available and an introductory PowerPoint presentation introduces the day with images from the Lincolnshire Illustrations Index.

Facilities for schools

Sessions are generally designed for groups of up to 35 children at one time. However, we are anxious to try to accommodate your needs so if your group size is larger, contact the museum to discuss arrangements and activity options available to provide an experience that suits the needs of your group.

The ratio of adults to children should be: KS1 - 1:6, KS 2 - 1:10

Note: Extra adult helpers, including parents, are welcome and free of charge.

The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there are toilet facilities located around the museum, including disabled toilets.

The learning space is available for groups to use at lunchtime. Advise the museum if you require this facility. Alternatively, in fine weather, groups are welcome to eat outside in the courtyard.

The museum has its own free coach and car park available.

Loan boxes

The museum has a number of loan boxes available to schools and community groups for hire periods of up to three weeks.

Loan boxes contain historic objects and accompanying information to help you make the most of this opportunity to handle history.

Our loan boxes cover the following topics:

  • kitchen
  • lighting
  • technology in the home
  • toys
  • washday
  • Second World War (civilian)
  • Second World War (soldier)
  • evacuees
  • seaside

For any queries about a school visit or the loan boxes, call 01522 782040 or email

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Last updated: 4 July 2016

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