Schools And Education Groups
Amersham Museum runs a rich and engaging programme of activities for school and youth groups. This includes taught sessions in the museum and in schools, a range of loan boxes which can be borrowed and feature objects from our handling collection, and an annual art competition.
Youth groups, including Girlguiding and Scout units, are welcome to visit the museum, or to arrange bespoke sessions to complete badges including Local Knowledge for Cubs, or Explore Skills Builders for Brownies. Contact our Learning Officer to discuss your needs and book your session.
The loan boxes cover a wide range of themes including the arrival of the railway, Metro-land, traditional toys, WWI and WWII.They include original objects, which can be handled, documents, maps and photographs, with detailed information about the contents. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
The Jean Archer annual art competition is designed to encourage young people to discover and share the history of Amersham. Hundreds of children participate in the award every year and the winning entries are exhibited for many others to see. Jean Archer (1926-2004) was well known as Amersham’s first Lady Mayor and a keen local historian. She lived in the town all her life and wrote many books about its history and local people. She was also responsible for re-starting the Town Band and helped to found both the Amersham Society and the Museum. Click here for more details of this year’s competition, and for our online entry form.
For more information about our taught sessions please contact our Learning Officer to discuss the activities you would like to undertake. Detailed below are the session outlines and more information about what we offer. Sessions are charged at £2 per child.
Life in the 16th Century: Find out who lived here and how, over the centuries, they improved the house by adding chimneys and new windows. Study the building materials from wattle and daub to Tudor and modern bricks. Find out how people ate and dressed. Write a label with a quill and make a herb bag to take home. Session costs £2 per child.
Roman Coins, Handling & Archaeology: Discover how to use archaeological sources to learn about the past by examining Roman artefacts from our collection, before taking part in a Roman coin workshop to learn about ancient currencies and make your own coin.
Victorian Amersham: Using our handling collection, maps and photographic archives, find out about local jobs, including brewing and chairmaking and learn out about lace making, straw plaiting and other jobs for children.
WWII & Refugees: Learn about how WWII changed Amersham, and how the town welcomed refugees from London and Europe. Write a letter home from the perspective of a refugee living in Amersham during the war, describing what life was like in wartime Buckinghamshire. Compare the story of Amersham’s wartime refugees with current events, and explore how war affects the lives of people in the past and present.
Traditional Toys: Discover our range of typical toys from the 20th century and have a handling session with a wide range of toys, including those made in the local toy factory. Children can play with optical toys, construction toys and moving toys and compare differences between old and new. There is an opportunity to talk about what type of materials were used, and compare the toys enjoyed by rich and poor children
Amersham & The Railway: Learn the story of how the railway come to Amersham, Discover the impact of the railway on the town and compare this with modern issues around HS2 – stage a debate for and against the building of a new high speed railway line through the area.
Art & Local Artists: Learn about artists local to Amersham, and experience some of their creations. Take a short walk through Old Amersham, matching watercolour paintings to existing historic buildings. Experiment with different art forms to create your own work of art based on historic Amersham, and work towards your Discover or Explore level of the Arts Award*.
Fossils & Prehistory: Look through the collection and incredible illustrations of Robin Reid, a local fossil collector, and learn about ancient dinosaurs and local Amersham geology. Discover how fossils are made, and draw your own primeval illustrations.
Guided walks: Walk around the old town to find out more about why the town is here and how the arrival of stage coaches and the coming of the railway altered the town. Or study the different construction methods and materials used to build the houses in the High Street. Old Amersham is an excellent contrast to other more modern towns for local history studies.
Download our teacher’s booklet for more details of what these sessions entail, and how they map to the National Curriculum.
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