A Victorian Washday

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life Education Services and Resources

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is overflowing with objects pertaining to every aspect of life in Mid Devon from prehistory to the present day.  Fifteen galleries showing everything from costume to a steam engine, from kitchen and laundry objects to an original Heathcoat lace making machine give an insight to how people both ordinary and extraordinary, have lived and worked in this area in the past.

For over twenty years Tiverton Museum's Education Team have been providing high quality, relevant and fun immersive learning experiences to children of all ages.  

Using original objects in and around the museum galleries children are given the opportunity to experience history at first hand.  All the sessions are carefully planned to maximise effective learning outside the classroom.

Resources available

We provide a range of curriculum linked hands on sessions to enrich learning and provide children with memorable experiences.

Activities include: Toys, Victorian Washday, Victorian Childhood, Life on the Home Front, Tiverton's Tudor Wool Merchants, John Heathcoat: A Victorian Entrepreneur, Transport, Farming, Romans, Seasides in the Past, Britain since 1948, Archaeology and WW1.  We can also provide special visits on request.  Handling collections are available for half termly loan on many topics.


Contact Holly Jarrett, Education Officer for more information at education@tivertonmuseum.org.uk or 01884 256295

Our strengths

Most of the objects used in our activity sessions are original and local.  Our team of award winning Education Volunteers are very experienced, knowledgable, friendly and enthusiastic.

Activites are pitched at the level appropriate to the age and ability of the individual group.

What other people say about us:

"Tiverton Museum is a fantastic resource for schools and teachers", Wilcombe Primary School

"Thanks to the volunteers who helped make our visit so successful and enjoyable for the children", Brampford Speke Primary School

"Thank you for a lovely day.  We enjoyed a lot and learned a lot too!", Tidcombe Primary School

"We really enjoyed the trip - all the (school) staff were extremely complimentary and we would definitely recommend a trip to any school and we will come again, thank you", Bratton Fleming Primary School

"We come for most of our topics.  It is a great resource", Castle Primary School

Facilities available

Schools are given exclusive use of the dedicated Education Room which includes toilet facilities for the duration of their visit. There is space to store bags and coats securely and to have snacks and lunch.  

A drink and biscuit for the children and tea or coffee for the adults can be provided if required at no extra charge.

Other places to visit in the area

Tiverton Castle

Grand Western Canal

Coldharbour Mill

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