Kelmscott Manor love to welcome primary and secondary schools to the country home of the great writer, designer, campaigner and political activist William Morris. Join them for creative, curriculum-based workshops, bespoke sessions and special projects!
About Kelmscott Manor
Their school sessions are led by the Learning & Outreach Officer and her team of friendly and experienced volunteers. Their sessions are curriculum-based, hands-on, and enriching. They work with children and young people to help them grow in curiosity and knowledge, to develop skills and creativity, and to be inspired from the moment they set foot on their incredible site to their return to the classroom and beyond.
Primary schools can choose from their existing onsite sessions for KS1 and KS2 or contact the Learning & Outreach Officer to discuss bespoke options. They can work with you to tailor their sessions to the needs of your school.
Their purpose-built Learning Barn can accommodate a class size of 30 for workshops plus accompanying staff. Please get in touch if you would like to bring a larger group to discuss if special arrangements can be made to accommodate you.
Secondary schools and colleges can visit Kelmscott Manor to engage in subject-based sessions, including Art, Design, English, and History. Students will explore their collections in depth and produce creative or research work of their own. Get in touch with the Learning and Outreach Officer to discuss bespoke workshops for your group.
They encourage visits from specialist schools and colleges, and they will work with you to deliver a tailored programme of activities that meet the needs of all your students.
Kelmscott Manor’s School Trip Rates
Schools can take advantage of the exclusive school group rate – just £8 per student. Plus teachers go free!
They also offer free places for disadvantaged students. Transport bursaries available to help with travel costs associated with the trip.
Min. age: Suitable for ages 5+
Teachers: All teachers go free
Booking until: ongoing
Days valid: Monday’s and Tuesday’s
Subjects: Art & Design, English, History and Science
Please enquire for further details.
“The day and team were amazing! Children and staff didn’t stop smiling all day! Children learned so much and the parents commented on how much their children enjoyed the trip. We couldn’t have asked for more.”Nicola Briggs, Westrop Primary School
Kelmscott Manor Workshops
Kelmscott Manor offer a wide variety of workshops for your students to enjoy from a House of Words workshop to a William Morris: Great Artist and Designer workshop.
Their workshops usually begin at 9.45am and finish at 2.15pm. Please get in touch if you have any time constraints – they will adjust the timings where possible.
William Morris: Great Artist and Designer Workshop
Students will get up close with William Morris’s life and ideas as they explore his inspirational country home and learn about his relevance and influence today. They’ll become pattern detectives, artists, and makers as they follow in William Morris’s footsteps to design and print their own repeat patterns inspired by the environment around them.
William Morris’s Beautiful Books Workshop
Art and design and literacy skills meet in this creative session inspired by the Kelmscott Press. Students will explore the house and the gardens, try their hand with a quill, and combine printmaking and creative writing to produce a book page in the style of William Morris.
For schools on an Artsmark journey and for those wanting to add another creative layer to their visit, for an additional £4 (which covers the cost of the certificates) students taking part in this session can gain an Arts Award Discover.
Kelmscott Writers: On Holiday with May Morris Workshop
This workshop brings history to life through the eyes of 10-year-old May Morris. Students will step into the past as they explore the Manor House, play Victorian games, and learn about life at Kelmscott through immersive, hands-on activities. They’ll develop imaginative and descriptive writing skills as they send a postcard home from this unique holiday house.
House of Words Workshop
Writing comes to life in this immersive workshop at Kelmscott Manor. Students will take inspiration from real objects in their collection, from the Manor and its environment, from stories of the past and their own imaginations in a series of writing activities that will boost curiosity, creativity, and language and literacy skills.
William Morris: Inspired by Nature Workshop
In this creative session for KS1, students will learn all about William Morris and how his connection to nature inspired the things he designed and made. Students will delve into Morris’s life at Kelmscott Manor, explore his pattern-making, practise sketching in the gardens, and design and print their own repeat wallpapers.
You can plan and book a school trip to Kelmscott Manor for their range of workshops for just £8 per student, plus all teachers go free!