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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 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 and 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
  • 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:

  • World War Two 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 chance to find out about rationing and the chance to investigate evacuees suitcases.
  • World War One uses the resources of the museum to explore aspects of the First World War in a local context. Activities include a new recruits drill and a workshops focused on conscientious objectors. A First World War-themed gallery tour is available and an introductory PowerPoint presentation introduces the day.

Facilities for schools

Sessions are generally designed for groups of up to 50 children at one time. 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.

The maximum size group we can accommodate on one day is 60 (including adult helpers).

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 various topics, contact us for details.

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

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Last updated: 2 October 2017

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