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National Museums Liverpool’s The Amazing History of Liverpool Virtual Classroom

National Museums Liverpool

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

Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Citizenship, English, Geography, History, PSHE


Discover the amazing history of Liverpool!

This demonstrator-led virtual classroom offers an opportunity to discover the history of Liverpool from the time of the first Stone Age settlers to the present day. Explore the reasons why Liverpool became so important and some of the key characters that made it possible as 12,000 years of history are explored together.

Your journey begins with a question; how old is Liverpool? The virtual workshop introduces students to the times before Liverpool was named and moves 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. Together, you’ll travel through time and discover the importance of Romans, Vikings, Anglo Saxons and King John.

The journey continues together to investigate the importance of the River Mersey and the development of a system of docks. Explore how Liverpool grew into one of the most important British cities and how people from all over the world came to this land on ships bringing goods from every continent. These essential routes are tracked and examined.

The virtual workshop ends by considering how Liverpool has changed to become the vibrant city that it is today. Students will understand the changes in Liverpool’s industry, population and in how people enjoyed themselves by comparing paintings from National Museums Liverpool’s collections, continuing to examine their unique collection of objects and completing a poem together.

To conclude, students will watch a unique film, ‘800 years in 60 seconds’, which shows Liverpool’s transformation from a fishing village to cosmopolitan city and also offer the chance for the students to ask questions of our expert education demonstrators.

This workshop is accompanied by a pre-workshop lesson plan and post-workshop follow up activities to consolidate students’ learning on the subject matter covered.


Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Citizenship, English, Geography, History, PSHE

Price: £90

Duration: 50 minutes

Min. Students: N/A

Max. Students: 32

Platform: Microsoft Teams

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Considerations for children with SEND


Accessibility Details


Health & Safety.


National Museums Liverpool’s existing Safeguarding Policy remains in place and these guidelines have added detail to protect both their staff and participating schools during online engagement. Teachers are asked to read them to help provide a safe and optimal digital learning environment for students.

When running a live workshop via an online platform the National Museums Liverpool staff will:

  • Only use laptops or technology that belong to National Museums Liverpool
  • Connect using secure, private network connections, not public Wi-Fi or other lines that could be compromised
  • Provide a safe platform which only the booked group can access
  • Log in using one of the special accounts created by National Museums Liverpool for school workshops and never using a personal account
  • Have a waiting room/lobby to monitor who is joining.
  • Only run a workshop if at least one teacher from the school is present with pupils
  • Always have two museum staff present in every workshop
  • Ensure that workshops are streamed from a museum or gallery classroom or delivery space that has good lighting, using a suitable background that does not show personal items belonging to the facilitator
  • Dress professionally and act as suitable role models for young children
  • Have enhanced DBS checks
  • Ensure all their delivery teams are professionally trained and have extensive experience of delivering education programmes to the relevant key stages
  • End the meeting for all at the end of the session


Their staff will not:

  • Take into the workshop or use any personal mobile phones or devices
  • Record any live workshops, nor consent to being recorded by schools
  • Take or share any videos or photos of the workshops without prior agreed consent and the completion of parent consent forms
  • Engage in inappropriate conversations with children or young people or share inappropriate personal information about themselves or others
  • Discriminate favourably or unfavourably towards a child or young person
  • Undermine fundamental British values including democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Show disrespect towards students or teachers with different faiths, beliefs or from different cultures to their own
  • Ask for or use full names
  • Give personal contact details to children or young people or communicate outside of National Museums Liverpool using social media networks, email, or text


Managing behaviour:

  • Set clear expectations of behaviour at the start of the workshop and establish an agreed means for students to engage directly with the facilitator
  • It remains the responsibility of the teacher to manage students’ conduct throughout the workshop
  • All participants, including students, school and museum staff, will treat one another with respect, speaking with courtesy and abstaining from foul, abusive, racist or homophobic language or any inappropriate or suggestive comments
  • If a student is misbehaving the facilitator will pause delivery until the situation is settled by the teacher
  • If the group’s behaviour becomes disruptive, impeding the delivery of content, the facilitator has the right to end the workshop
Risk Assessment

National Museums Liverpool’s existing Safeguarding Policy remains in place and these guidelines have added detail to protect both their staff and participating schools during online engagement. Please see the ‘Safeguarding’ section for more information.

This resource was created by National Museums Liverpool. Images, text and content may be subject to copyright.

We regularly check that this information is the latest and most up to date version, however it is advised that you also contact the venue directly if you need any further information, or have a particular question or concern.

About National Museums Liverpool.

National Museums Liverpool consists of seven sites: Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Sudley House and Lady Lever Art Gallery. They have a wealth of opportunities for schools to engage with their collections. Including free teaching resources and their new virtual sessions.

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