Learning with the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

What we provide...

  • School groups can visit the museum for free, and you can add value to your visit with an guided tour and 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 adam.murray@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 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, £30.00 per contact teaching hour.

Loans Collections

Available for use in schools or other educational settings:

  • Victorian Washday
  • Pre-History
  • Toys through the Ages
  • Romans
  • World War II

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.

Facilities available

If you're visiting the museum with a group we can usually find somewhere for your group to leave coats and bags. However if you need a space to each lunch please contact the museum prior to booking as we currently only have one suitable space.

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