Pupils can meet an expert, enhance their historical skills, experience real-life science in action and develop their arts practice.

All of our workshops are linked to curriculum subjects and develop skills across the curriculum.

History Workshops

Sally/Sam Fletcher's Victorian Mining Life (KS3)

  • Subject focus: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745 - 1901
  • Available: Monday-Friday
  • Cost: £30 per workshop
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Group size: 17 pupils per session
  • Supporting resources: Victorians loans box, Victorian Resource Pack

Travel back to the 19th century when women and children were working in mines. What were working conditions like? What significant events happened to change the lives of these people? Meet Sam or Sally Fletcher and take part in role-play activities to find out. 

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Dig Deeper (KS3)

  • Subject focus: Local history study, historical perspective
  • Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Cost: £30 per workshop 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Group size: 17 pupils per session
  • Supporting resources: 1980s, 1930s - themed loans box

Everything you wanted to know about mining but were afraid to ask. Dig Deeper with one of our miners and work together to take apart an interactive model of Caphouse Colliery. Pupils will handle objects and ask questions to find out how mining has changed over the last 100 years.

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Science Workshops

What’s in Our Water? (KS3, KS4)

  • Subject focus: KS3, KS4 GCSE Science, Applied Science, Environmental Studies, OCR Nationals and BTEC courses 
  • NC focus: Chemistry (Chemical reactions)
  • Dates available: June 24th - 28th 2019
  • Cost: £75 per workshop
  • Duration: Half Day + option to add Underground Tour at £2 per head
  • Group size: 34 pupils per session (maximum)

Pupils will see real science in action as they work with a science specialist from the University of Huddersfield to investigate the chemical, biological and physical processes of cleaning polluted mine water. Pupils will take a guided tour of the mine water treatment plant, conduct field experiments on water samples and then carry out further analysis in the classroom.

Guided tour of the mine water treatment plant and reed beds (KS3,KS4)

  • Subject focus: KS3, KS4 Science, Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Available: On request
  • Cost: £30 per tour
  • Duration: One Hour
  • Group size: 34 pupils per session 

A member of the Education Team will guide you around the Museum’s innovative mine water treatment plant and explain how the iron-rich mine water is cleaned before being discharged into a local stream. 

Drama Workshop

  • Subject focus : Drama in a contemporary setting
  • Dates : On request
  • Cost : £75 per 17 pupils
  • Duration : 1.5 hours
  • Group size : 17 pupils

Add an underground tour to your visit (£2 per person)

Pupils will work with the Museum's living history team to explore how drama is used in a contemporary setting to interpret the Museum collection. Pupils will collaborate and create characters using strategies employed by professional actors.

Leisure and Tourism Talk

Find out about how the Museum operates as a successful tourist attraction and markets itself to a wide audience. The session can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

  • Available: On request
  • Cost: £25 per workshop
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Group size: 34 pupils per session (maximum)

Contact the education team

If you have any questions about any aspect of learning at the Museum or if you would like to arrange a preliminary visit, email the education team here: or telephone 01924 848806 and ask to speak to a member of staff.

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