Learning with the North Devon Museum Service

What we provide...

  • School groups can visit the museum for free, and you can add value to your visit with an object handling workshop.
  • Outreach sessions are available in your setting; let us know what you're interested in and we can bring some of the wonderful things from the museum out to you!
  • We've got collections of museum objects for loan and can even help you with educational consultancy services for your heritage project.
  • As a partner of Devon County Council Adult and Community Learning service we also provide Adult Education opportunities.

Please call to discuss your requriements 01271 346747 or

Email julian.vayne@northdevon.gov.uk

Resources available


Free Teaching Resources

For our free prehistory teaching resources please click HERE

For our free World War I local history resources please click HERE

Our teacher-led guide to The Burton Art Gallery & Museum are HERE

Our innovative Gallery Games methods for exploring The Burton and/or Barnstaple Museum are HERE (this is a plain Word document and you are welcome to edit/amend and use the games for any non-commercial purpose)

Outreach Visits

Geology, Social History, Natural History and much more. Experienced staff can come to you setting with objects from our collection to inform, entertain and inspire.

We can also deliver specific craft, drama and other activities in your setting (from weaving through to Neolithic cooking).

We charge £80.00 for a half-day session and £150 for a full day in your setting. Additional costs may apply for resources and/or travel time. Please contact us (even if you've got an unusal learning request!) and we'll do our best to help.

(We can also arrange costumed 'living history' visits and even real archaeologists to come and do a dig at your school. Get in touch to find out more.)

Museum Workshops

Fantastic object handling sessions and other workshops to enhance your free visit to the museum, £25.00 per contact teaching hour.

Loans Collections

Available for use in schools or other educational settings:

  • Victorian School
  • Victorian Home
  • Victorian Washday
  • Victorian Kitchen
  • Victorian Toys
  • Dolls
  • Romans
  • Tudor Life
  • World War II
  • The Story of North Devon Pottery (via The Burton Art Gallery & Museum)

For more details click HERE

Loans collections are charged at the rate of £5.00 per week.

Adult Learning

We offer Adult Education workshops and courses covering subjects as diverse as Photography in the Museum, Basic Conservation Skills and our popular Mindfulness in the Museum Meditation sessions. For details of forthcoming courses please see our Events List.

Learning Consultancy

We can help you deliver the learning and engagement strands of your project, provide professional development services and even help you write bids for external funding. Please email: julian.vayne@northdevon.gov.uk with your needs. We also provide INSET and professional development workshops.

Facilities available

If you're visiting the museum with a group we can usually find somewhere for your group to leave coats and bags and, by prior arrangement, a space to each lunch.

Other places to visit in the area

Our learning services are delivered in partnership with The Burton Art Gallery & Museum. The Burton has a dedicated education space for visiting groups and hire. For more details get visit their website or call 01237 471455.

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