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Virtual sessions for schools

COVID-19 has changed many things, including the way we teach. Our Museums team is still excited about connecting you and your class with our national collections and stories. We have been looking at new ways to engage with schools and have developed live digital sessions that provide a simple, safe and fun museum experience from your classroom.

These new sessions have been taken from our popular learning programme.

Key features:

  • Sessions are 45 minutes long.
  • You will see items from the Museum’s collection showcased.
  • There will be interactive activities to take part in.
  • There will be 15 minutes of question and answer time from the class after the session. It is a good idea to have some questions prepared before the session.

Once you have booked a session, you will receive:

  • An email booking confirmation
  • Login details
  • Session information pack

There may be further resources available to support your session. If so, these will need to be collected from Bankfield Museum.

We are running a limited number of free pilot sessions up until Christmas 2020 on a first come first served basis. These have been funded by Arts Council England. Afterwards, each session will be £65 per class.

Please note each school will have a limited number of pilot sessions they can book.

To find out more or to book a session please contact Fiona Willats:

Available sessions

There are 10 sessions to choose from:

Great fire of London

Join Samuel or Hester Lister, tenants of Shibden Hall. They have just received a letter from their nephew in London. The year is 1666 and their warehouses are under threat from the Great Fire. Children will be shown objects from this period that were a fire risk at Shibden Hall and be instructed on the use of herbs after the terrible plague from the year before. They will find out how Tussie Mussies, herb bags helped them.

Curriculum links

History KS1 - events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally for example, the Great Fire of London.

Florence Nightingale

Meet Florence Nightingale and learn about her life, her time in the Crimean War and her lasting legacy to nursing. The class will be shown objects linked to life as a Scutari nurse and a Crimean soldier. In our session pack sent to your class, they will also be able to find out about Mary Seacole and her contributions to the Crimean War and nursing too.

Curriculum links

History KS1 - understanding the lives of significant individuals from the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Astronaut on the moon saluting in front of an American Flag and Lunar Lander

NASA scientist space exploration

Our NASA scientist will share Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon. Your class will learn what was needed on this adventure and about the planets in our solar system. Finally, with the help of our scientist, see if you can send a mini astronaut to space, which you will be able to find instructions for in your resource pack sent to your class.

Curriculum links

History KS1 - understanding the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

a pirate wielding a scimitar sword

Pirates

Find out what life was like as a pirate with Pirate Bankfield. You will also get to hear pirate stories, songs and try out some pirate crafts.

Curriculum links

English KS1 - participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Anne Lister portrait

Anne Lister

Join the Lady’s maid or Livery servant for Anne Lister. Find out about Anne's travels, work, diaries and what it was like to live at Shibden Hall in the 1830s.

Curriculum links

History KS1 - significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
History KS2 - changes in an aspect of social history.

Victorian life

Join our Butler or Housekeeper who are searching for a laundrymaid or housemaid. Your class will see objects used by these servants and what life was like in the Victorian times.

Curriculum links

History KS1 - significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
History KS2 - changes in an aspect of social history.

a collection of air raid items including gas masks and a bag

1940s House with an Air Raid Warden

Find out what life was like on the home front with our air raid warden. The session will focus on aspects of the Home Front including blackout, air raids and rationing.

Curriculum links

History KS2 - a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Tudors

Master Robert or Mistress Jane Waterhouse will share with your class what life was like living in a house like Shibden Hall. Help them as they make an inventory of some of the objects they would use in the house and explore what toys were played with by Tudor children. They will also instruct you on how herbs were used for medicinal reasons as well as for cooking. Instructions for making your own herb bag will be in your resource pack.

Cirriculum links

History KS2 - a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.
History KS3 - a local history study.

Life in the Trenches

The curator Henry Ling Roth from Bankfield Museum or Edith our First World War nurse will share equipment used by the soldiers on the Front Line. They will share accounts about injuries of soldiers received at the front line. The class will learn about Morse code and how to make their own messages, information of which will be in the information pack.

Cirriculum links

History KS2 - a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
History KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Art Projects

Using a range of our handling artefacts and examples from our collections, a workshop leader will deliver an art session which could be one of the following:

  • Mask Making
  • Felt Making
  • Weaving
  • Printmaking

Curriculum links

Art KS1 – know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Art KS2 – to improve their mastery of art and design techniques.
Art KS3 - become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.