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From minibeasts to Ancient Egypt to Aliens! National Museums Liverpool offers a wide variety of virtual and in-person workshops – led by museum experts – bringing learning to life and inspiring the imaginations of your students by engaging them in activities based on real artefacts and objects.

Overview of National Museums Liverpool Workshops

Using feedback from teachers, National Museums Liverpool has designed curriculum-linked virtual and at venue workshops for EYFS – Key Stage 3.

National Museums Liverpool’s virtual classrooms are delivered via Microsoft Teams and last 50 minutes each, with capacity for up to 32 students.

National Museums Liverpool’s at venue workshops are museum led and last up to 60 minutes each, with capacity for up to 32 students.

National Museums Liverpool’s Virtual Workshops.

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Ancient Egypt: Marvelous Mummification Virtual Workshop

Explore Ancient Egypt with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

Led by an expert from the World Museum, students will explore the various stages of the Ancient Egyptian preservation process giving them an understanding of cultures, history and science whilst developing core skills such as collaboration and communication.

The aim of this workshop is for students to come away with knowledge of the entire mummification process and an insight into the anatomy of the body through assisting in the ‘mummification’ and gain insights into the ancient Egyptian understanding of body and spirit.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Citizenship, English, History, PSHE, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Ancient Egypt Virtual Workshop.

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The Amazing History of Liverpool Virtual Workshop

Discover the amazing history of Liverpool with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

The Museum of Liverpool offers an exciting opportunity for students to discover the history of Liverpool from the time of the first Stone Age settlers to the present day. Exploring the reasons why Liverpool became so important and some of the key characters that made it possible.

The Museum of Liverpool’s journey begins with a question; how old is Liverpool? In this demonstrator-led virtual workshop they introduce pupils to the times before Liverpool was named and move on to when King John declared Liverpool a town. Each period is brought to life by costumes, games and by exploring their unique collection of historical objects.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Citizenship, English, Geography, History, PSHE

Find out more about National Museum’s Liverpool’s The Amazing History of Liverpool Virtual Workshop.

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Titanic: Travelling in Time virtual Workshop

Explore the infamous story of RMS Titanic with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

This virtual workshop from the Maritime Museum is perfectly suited to groups exploring the infamous story of RMS Titanic and her links to Liverpool. Students will be encouraged to think about the multiple perspectives historical events present to us.

The Maritime Museum offers the opportunity for pupils to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the many different personal experiences linked to this famous disaster that forms our impressions of the era. One focus is on the main narrative of the story, showcasing a variety of museum handling objects and on screen images to inspire curiosity and encourage interactive participation through simple tasks, opinion sharing and collaborative discussion.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Citizenship, English, History, PSHE

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Titanic: Travelling in Time Virtual Workshop.

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The Art of Wellbeing Virtual Workshop

Are you looking for a session that supports your students’ wellbeing and encourages creativity? Walker Art Gallery’s Art of Wellbeing workshop has been designed to provide a safe and fun environment to introduce students to mental wellbeing and self-care.

Walker Art Gallery use artworks from their collection as inspiration and provide a space to discuss emotions, mental health and the positive effect that working creatively can have. They use a blend of creative activities and practical exercises to give students the opportunity to create something they are proud of and learn transferable relaxation skills.

Their aim is to encourage students to take their first step in creating a self-care toolkit in an inspiring, creative session which can be continued at school with their pre and post-session activities.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2
Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, PSHE

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Art of Wellbeing Virtual Workshop.

National Museums Liverpool at Venue Workshops.

Museum of Liverpool.

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Little Liverpool – Early Years & KS1 Workshops

A fun hands-on workshop from the Museum of Liverpool for early years students to create their own Liverpool.

This workshop will allow students a safe and fun environment to help develop their communication and alphabet skills.

The Museum of Liverpool’s Little Liverpool Gallery is a hands-on world where the students can sail boats and fish for pretend marine creatures and rubbish.  Students will be encouraged to investigate, explore and learn.

Suitable for: EYFS & KS1
Subjects: English, Geography, History

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Little Liverpool – Early Years Workshop.

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Little Liverpool – KS1 Workshop.

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Toys Through Time Workshop

Museum of Liverpool’s interactive and fun workshop educating students on the change and progression of toys throughout history.

This workshop uses original and replica toys from the Museum of Liverpool’s handling collection to examine toys that people in the past played with. Students will look at how toys have changed through time by examining their materials, colours and how they’ve been made.

Students will learn the differences in materials, design and technology and how these provide clues about the age of the toys. Various toys are arranged on a mini timeline based on their materials and technology. Students will get the chance to work together to use their knowledge of materials, technology and design to sort a range of toys into ‘older’ and ‘newer’.

Suitable for: KS1
Subjects: English, History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Toys Through Time Workshop.

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Gateway to the World Workshop

An interactive workshop from the Museum of Liverpool detailing the significance of the River Mersey.

This interactive workshop considers the significance of the River Mersey and Liverpool’s geographical location, and how trade and immigration helped it develop into one of the world’s leading port cities.

Students will discuss when goods, such as cotton, tea and sugar, were first traded in Liverpool, where they came from and what would have happened to the goods after they entered the docks. The geographic location of each trade item will be identified on an interactive whiteboard world map by the demonstrator.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: English, History, Geography

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Gateway to the World Workshop.

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Best Buildings Workshop

A creative workshop from The Museum of Liverpool to engage students in Liverpool’s cityscape.

The Maritime Museum’s Best Buildings workshop will encourage students to get creative and develop observational skills in a fun and safe environment.

Students will be encouraged to look closely at ‘The Liverpool Cityscape’ painting and will be asked if they recognise features within the painting including buildings. Additional questioning focuses on colours, patterns, shapes, sounds that might be heard and how students feel about the painting.

Students will be inspired by Ben Johnson’s ‘The Liverpool Cityscape’ painting and the iconic buildings of Liverpool to create a collage to take back to school.

Suitable for: KS1
Subjects: Art & Design, English, History, Geography

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Best Buildings Workshop.

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Remembering the First World War Workshop

An interactive workshop from the Museum of Liverpool educating students on the local people and animals involved in the First World War.

This workshop uses real and replica objects from the Museum of Liverpool’s handling collection combined with hands on activities to give students an overview of some of the experiences of local people and animals who participated in the First World War.

Students will be able to examine photographs of local soldiers and animals who were involved in the First World War along with real and replica objects in character bags. Changes in battle technology will also be discussed and the devastating impact of these considered.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Citizenship, English, History

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Remembering the First World War Workshop.

International Slavery Museum.

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Tour of the International Slavery Museum KS2 & KS3 Workshop

An International Slavery Museum’s guided tour to introduce students to fundamental aspects of transatlantic slavery.

The International Slavery Museums guided tour introduces students to fundamental aspects of transatlantic slavery, Liverpool’s involvement in the trade, and its impact on the lives of those involved.

Students will gain a better understanding of diversity and difference, the process and fight for change, difficulties faced by those experiencing racism, and relationships between different groups of people.

The international Slavery Museum offers a unique learning experience illustrating the massive impact of transatlantic slavery on the world and the ways it continues to impact our lives today.

Suitable for: KS2 & KS3
Subjects: Geography, History, Sociology

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Tour of the International Slavery Museum KS2 Workshop.

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Tour of the International Slavery Museum KS3 Workshop.

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Understanding Transatlantic Slavery Workshop

The International Slavery Museum’s unique hands-on workshop to educate students on transatlantic slavery.

Students will be guided through a series of hands-on activities with historical sources and museum artifacts to aid and deepen their understanding of transatlantic slavery.

Students will work in five separate groups to explore key topics including forced migration, enslavement on the plantation, resistance as well as abolition. Students will be encouraged to discuss and present their findings, and consider how they connect to contemporary issues such as racism.

Suitable for: KS3
Subjects: Citizenship, History, Geography, Sociology

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Understanding Transatlantic Slavery Workshop.

Walker Art Gallery.

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Storytelling with the Greeks Workshop

A fun and unique workshop from the Walker Art Gallery for students to enhance their creativity and storytelling skills.

This Walker Art Gallery workshop is the perfect way to enhance an Ancient Greek topic or a literacy topic on storytelling, myths, and legends.

Students will dive into the details of Charles Le Brun’s epic painting ‘Atalanta and Meleager,’ unlocking the story behind it before having an opportunity to create their own ending.

This cross-curricular workshop is built around student interaction; they will discuss characters’ emotional responses, infer aspects of the story, and students will have an opportunity to present their ideas to the class.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Art & Design, English, History

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Storytelling with the Greeks Workshop.

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Draw to Explore KS1 & KS2 Workshops

A creative and interactive workshop from the Walker Art Gallery for students to explore their own artistic journey.

This Walker Art Gallery workshop focuses on developing practical resources and skills, empowering students to take the next step on their artistic journey.

This workshop is built around students’ responses to art, both verbally and through fun, practical drawing exercises exploring mark making, tone and light/dark. There will be a discussions and students will be encouraged to explore the artwork for themselves. During these discussions, the students will learn more about the roles of artists and the purpose of art.

The workshop finishes by giving students an opportunity to complete an observational drawing and reflect critically on their work, a key component in successful art development.

Suitable for: KS1 & KS2
Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Draw to Explore KS1 Workshop.

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Draw to Explore KS2 Workshop.

World Museum.

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We are Aliens! Workshop

A fun and unique workshop from the World Museum where students will discover how we search for signs of alien life in space.

Students will experience the stars in this thrilling planetarium show as they discover how we search for signs of alien life in space. Students will also get hands-on in an astronaut challenge activity.

Students will discover how our existing understanding of life on earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the Universe. By exploring the unlikely places in which we find life on our own planet, (such as the deep ocean floor or in the Antarctic), scientists can provide clues for finding life in other unexpected places like Mars, Jupiter’s moon’s or other exo-planets like our own.

Students will also have the opportunity to handle objects such as a Sokol flying suit and helmet.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: English, History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s We are Aliens! Workshop.

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Spiders, Scorpions and Insects Workshop

A fun hands-on workshop from the World Museum where students will learn and meet arthropods.

During this World Museum workshop expert demonstrators will help students examine the ecology, adaptations and lifestyles of arthropods.

Students will get the chance to interact with three really successful arthropod groups – the insects, arachnids and myriapods. They will have the opportunity to get up close to real live specimens from the World Museum’s Bug House.

The Students will get to see a scorpion glow under UV light, learn why stick insects camouflage and discover how we can tell a spider is a girl by her big bottom!

Suitable for: KS1 & KS2
Subjects: Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Spiders, Scorpions and Insects Workshop.

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Exploring Life Under the Sea Workshop

An engaging and fun workshop from the World Museum looking at different underwater creatures and how they move.

This World Museum workshop will introduce students to the sea and underwater animals giving them an exciting insight into how they move and their habitats.

Students will gain insight into the vast amount of creatures living under the sea and how they move and live. They will also be able to come up close and actually touch some of the animals they have learned about in the workshop and see how they move underwater.

Suitable for: KS1
Subjects: Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Exploring Life Under the Sea Workshop.

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Life in a Rock Pool

A fun workshop from the World Museum where students will learn and meet animals found in British rock pool habitats.

Students will be asked to consider the oceans, their importance and what they provide for us. They will then be introduced to the rock pool as a habitat and will be asked to consider that habitat and the challenges it may present to the animals which live there.

During this workshop students will learn about the animals including what their bodies are made of, what they would feel like and how they protect themselves. They will look at how many arms, legs and feet they have and how they move around. Students will be able to take a closer look to find out if the animals have eyes and how they know where they are going, where the animals’ mouths are, what they like to eat and how they catch and eat their food.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Life in a Rock Pool Workshop.

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Meet the Mummy Workshop

An interactive and fun workshop from the World Museum for students to explore the Egyptian mummification process.

In this World Museum workshop students will be introduced to the process of mummification, an integral aspect of ancient Egyptian culture.

Through an interactive approach, which involves working on a life size dummy mummy, students will learn details of how the body was preserved and will come to appreciate the cultural meanings of the preservation process.

Students will be encouraged to develop and communicate their knowledge and understanding through speaking, listening, and reading activities.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: English, History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Meet the Mummy Workshop.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass Workshop

An exciting workshop from the World Museum educating students on telescopes and how they have unraveled many mysteries.

Students will experience the stars in this exciting planetarium show as they learn about telescopes, how they work and how important they have been in unraveling these mysteries. Then students will get hands-on in an astronaut challenge activity.

In this World Museum workshop students will learn how we can see events from millions of years ago today and how looking back in time helps us work out why the universe is the way it is and what the future of the universe may look like.

Students will also gain insight into how observatories use telescopes to explore deep space and expand our understanding of our own place in space.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Two Small Pieces of Glass Workshop.

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Astronaut George Workshop

A fun interactive workshop from the World Museum for students to discover the planets that make up our solar system.

This World Museum workshop will explain some of the basic scientific facts of our home planet, and aims to inspire the student’s imagination to further explore our universe.

The class will watch an interactive Astronaut George show, a fun animated journey exploring our solar system, learning amazing facts about the planets and asking the question: what makes life on earth unique?

The students will have the chance to act out what they have learnt by handling model planets to recreate our solar system. Allowing them to take part in an interactive experience that demonstrates the order of the planets in our solar system, will explain why life is possible on earth and what causes night and day.

Suitable for: KS1
Subjects: History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Astronaut George Workshop.

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Invaders – Anglo-Saxon and Vikings Workshop

A hands-on workshop from the World Museum where students will use objects to learn about British history.

This World Museum workshop will allow students the opportunity to examine and handle replica objects that have been made in the same way as the originals. Using their powers of deduction, students will become junior museum archaeologists to discover what the objects reveal about the people who lived in Britain more than 1000 years ago.

This workshop will look at four main topics:

  • Everyday life. Students will match a selection of objects to everyday Viking or Anglo-Saxon tasks such as a tallow lamp with lighting the home; a bone needle with sewing or working with leather; a coin with trading; wooden and pottery bowls with eating.
  • Materials. A detailed look at materials used to make objects the students will see in the Anglo-Saxon displays including, garnet, amethyst, quartz, iron, amber, bone and pottery.
  • Weaving. Students will have a go at weaving and discover some of the plants that were used to make red, blue and yellow dyes.
  • Clothing and armour. Students will feel the weight of chain mail, a sword, shield and helmet.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Invaders – Anglo-Saxon and Vikings Workshop.

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The World of Minibeasts Workshop

A fun workshop from the World Museum to educate students on the role insects play on ecosystems.

Your students are sure to be enthralled by the incredible range of insects on display and will get up close and personal to spiders, insects and scorpions!

In this workshop students will learn the role insects play in ecosystems, how to treat animals with care, plus their growth, movement and animal senses. The World Museum use live animals to demonstrate these concepts, allowing students to get up close and, using visual display technologies, to see these minibeasts in great detail.

Suitable for: KS1
Subjects: Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s The World of Minibeasts Workshop.

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Capcom Go! Race to the Moon Workshop

An immersive and exciting workshop from the World Museum where students will learn of the Apollo space missions.

This workshop show introduces a new generation to the pioneering work it took to put the first human on the moon, and will inspire students to become the explorers, engineers, designers, scientists and astronauts of the future.

Using engaging modern graphics, archival film clips, photographs and astronauts’ audio transmissions this film shares insights into the immense challenges NASA’s experts overcame by finding innovative ways to put humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth. They will learn about the importance of oxygen, water and gravity to preserve human life. Students will then take part in a mission: to design a spacesuit for their astronaut to wear on missions into space.

Students will also have the opportunity to handle objects from the European Space Agency such as a Sokol spacesuit helmet and a space food pouch.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Capcom Go! Race to the Moon Workshop.

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Stone, Bronze and Iron Age Britain Workshop

A unique hands-on workshop from the World Museum allowing students to touch objects linked to the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

This hands-on workshop offers students the opportunity to touch real and replica objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Using their powers of deduction, students will become junior museum archaeologists to discover what the objects reveal about the people who lived in Britain between about 9000 and 2000 years ago.

The workshop will cover people in Britain during the:

  • Mesolithic period, 11,000 – 6,000 years ago. People were hunting and gathering their food and living in the wild.
  • Neolithic and early Bronze Age, 6000 – 3500 years ago. About 6000 years ago people began to farm and cultivate crops as well as continuing to hunt and gather food.  Bronze tools were introduced around 2200BC, marking the beginning of the Bronze Age.
  • Later Bronze Age and Iron Age, 3500 years ago – 43AD. Life became more settled and the look of the landscape changed as people cleared the forests around their farmsteads, grazing animals and growing crops.
  • Iron Age, from about 800 BC. Iron began to be used alongside bronze and stone.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Stone, Bronze and Iron Age Britain Workshop.

Maritime Museum.

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Smuggled, Stashed and Seized Workshop

A unique and engaging workshop from the Maritime Museum for students to explore Liverpool’s connections to the world of smuggling and trade.

This Maritime Museum workshop is perfect for classes studying a local history topic as they will explore Liverpool’s connections to the world of smuggling and trade through its position as one of the top ports in Britain.

Students will be introduced to objects from the Maritime Museum’s extensive collection of items seized by the Border Force and the stories behind them, be they endangered species, fakes or concealment of illegal goods.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: English, History, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Smuggled, Stashed and Seized Workshop.

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Pirates Ahoy Workshop

A fun and interactive workshop from the Maritime Museum for students to explore the golden age of piracy.

The workshop presents a unique learning opportunity and is led by an experienced member of the education team in costume.

During the workshop students will learn that piracy is an ancient and mostly unromantic occupation. The Maritime Museum uses a model sailing ship and other replica objects to illustrate the various jobs and hazards of being a pirate. Students will learn about the different types of pirates, buccaneers, privateers and female pirates.

Please feel free to go along dressed in your own fearsome pirate costumes!

Suitable for: KS1 & KS2
Subjects: English, History

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Pirates Ahoy Workshop.

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Titanic: Voyage of Discovery Workshop

An interactive learning session from the Maritime Museum for students to learn about the Titanic and its connections to Liverpool.

Led by an experienced member of the Maritime Museum’s education team, Voyage of Discovery is an exploration of the Titanic, its local history connections to Liverpool and the causes of the famous disaster.

Utilising the Maritime Museum’s range of replica handling objects, the students will take part in discussions and dramatisations about the ship, exploring the places associated with it and the experiences of the different classes of passengers and crew on board.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: History, Sociology

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Titanic: Voyage of Discovery Workshop.

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Titanic Storytelling Workshop

The Maritime Museum’s creative and engaging approach to introducing students to the RMS Titanic.

Any early years or key stage one class studying English and or History would engage with the Maritime Museum’s highly interactive education session about a little boy and his favourite toy. The students learn about the Titanic by taking part in the storytelling and playing different parts from the story.

Through the storytelling students will learn about different aspects of life on board the famous ship, as well as life in the Edwardian era.

Suitable for: EYFS & KS1
Subjects: History, Sociology

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Titanic Storytelling Workshop.

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