NEW programme of exciting history day workshops!

Epping Forest District Museum is launching a NEW programme of exciting and engaging history days.


Ofsted’s new inspection framework emphasises:

  • the importance of equality of opportunity, giving pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, developing their subject knowledge and skills in foundation subjects, especially history.

Now is the time to make use of your museum, a great value local resource with experienced educators who can support the implementation of your curriculum intent, with an experience that is bound to have a huge impact on your pupils.


‘It really matters that children learn and enjoy things they won’t necessarily experience at home’  Amanda Speilman, HM Chief Inspector of Education



New Workshops available:

Toys in the Past  (KS1 / FS)

DISCOVER the toys local girl Ellen Buxton played with 100 years ago, using images from her beautiful diary and real old toys from the museum collection to consider similarities and differences with modern toys.

EXPLORE toys through the ages in the museum galleries, through a museum trail and the chance to play with old toys and games.

CREATE a toy from the past to take home and enjoy.

Prehistory: Stone Age to Iron Age (KS2)

IMG_0230DISCOVER how the local environment changed through the Stone Ages, and how people living here adapted to these changes. Find out how archaeologists learn about the past by studying real Stone Age objects including real woolly mammoth remains.

EXPLORE the museum collection to find out more about life in prehistoric times through a museum trail and additional gallery activities.

CREATE a clay pot using the same techniques as Bronze Age people in this area or make a mini mammoth to take home.

Local Legends – Significant people from our Local Area  (KS1 or KS2)

1H8A5224DISCOVER the history of our local area, through the stories of significant local people from ancient to modern times. Develop your chronological understanding by placing these people on a timeline and get fully engaged in the past with opportunities to dress up and role-play.

EXPLORE the museum to find more significant local people and where they lived or worked.  Develop historical skills using evidence to separate fact from legend.

CREATE a print in the style of local artist Walter Spradbery, and learn about how Epping Forest has been a centre of creativity for over 100 years.

Local study – Victorians or Tudors (KS2)

StockShots2016-019DISCOVER how local people lived in the past using a variety of artefacts and documents. Both sessions include dressing up and the chance to handle and investigate original objects as evidence for the past.

EXPLORE the collection, including a trail through the museum’s original timber-framed Tudor house; or a chance to go “behind the scenes” and create a museum display of real Victorian objects.

CREATE a Tudor sundial or a Victorian sampler to take home.

Anglo Saxons and Vikings (KS2)

DISCOVER the evidence for Anglo Saxon and Viking settlement in the local area, and what artefacts found by archaeologists reveal about what these people were really like.

EXPLORE the museum to find out more about local life through a trail and see some of the special artefacts in the museum’s collection usually kept in the stores.

CREATE an Anglo Saxon helmet out of card to take home.

Romans  (KS2)

DISCOVER the story of Romans who settled in the local area through a role playing workshop.  Examine the real evidence discovered by archaeologists at the site of a Roman villa.

EXPLORE the galleries to find out more about life locally in Roman times, and see some of the special Roman collection behind the scenes.

CREATE a cut-out Roman soldier or lady of the villa.

For more information or to book contact: Catherine Hammond, Education Officer 01992 564994

Venue: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL    The museum is fully accessible, with lift access to all floors. 

Availability: from May 2020 onwards Timing: A full day programme includes 3 workshops, breaks and lunch which can be eaten in the museum garden or inside if wet. Timings are flexible to suit your school.

Cost: £7 per pupil. The museum shop is available for pupils to use.                                  Book before Easter 2020 to get the discount rate of £5.60 per pupil.

Transport: coaches can drop off on Quaker Lane, next to the museum

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