West Berkshire Museum School Visits

The Learning and Participation Service offers a range of national curriculum-based, cross curricular sessions that can be delivered in school or at the museum

We currently offer sessions/workshops for key stages 1-3 (museum and outreach), loan boxes and resource packs, museum visits and trails.

For more information or to make a booking, please see the Learning and Participation Service brochure or contact the Learning and Participation Officer.

The service produces a regular schools newsletter  and hosts the West Berkshire Museum Learning Advisory Panel of learning professionals from across West Berkshire, which helps to shape the service. If you’d like to find out more about the panel then please get in touch.

We welcome enquiries from all educational institutions and organisations as well as individuals such as home educators.

Museum visit and trails

It is free to visit the museum and activity trails can be provided free-of-charge. We have special exhibitions that change regularly, if there is a topic you are studying then please ask if there is an exhibition that will support it.

Loan boxes and resource packs

We have a selection of loan boxes containing local artefacts from our collection. They are available to borrow for three weeks and need to be collected and returned by the school. There is a small charge of £15 per box which must be made before or on collection. The loan boxes themes are: Fossils, Medieval and Tudor, and English Civil War. Other themes will be added in future so please enquire. For a list of the contents of a particular box and to book one, please contact the Learning and Participation Officer.

“Fantastic for the children to touch the artefacts and find out about their history…lots of discussion that encouraged them to look closer at the objects and ask questions.” Primary teacher.

We also have resource packs on the English Civil War and The Curridge Hoard of Roman Coins – each costs £15. It may also be possible to create a resource pack to meet your requirements.

For more information on our Sessions and Workshops click here

Contact details : Clare Bromley - Learning and Participation Officer
Telephone : 01635 519562
Email :

Local Heritage for Schools

Recent changes to the History and Geography National Curriculum at Key Stage One, Two and Three has highlighted the importance to students to know and understand the prehistory and history of the United Kingdom and gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts .

The Archaeology Service is well placed to offer advice and resources to help, particularly as regards to local study. For example, this can be through supplying heritage information from the Historic Environment Record or encouraging visits to local archaeological sites or historic buildings.

Shaw House School visits

Shaw House can offer school visits during school term time and can be tailored to your needs. If you have a certain area you are covering in the curriculum your visit can be designed to incorporate certain topics and areas of history.

We can offer access to the Exhibition Room with the opportunity to have an activity in one of the adjoining rooms which could be lead by our Learning and Participation Officer and designed for your group. Depending on the occupancy of the House we could provide a tour of some of the rooms and grounds outside.

Each enquiry is dealt with on an individual basis as availability will need to be checked and topics discussed.

Please enquire and provide some details of your visit such as number of children, topic and potential dates to We will then be able to assess the availability of resources and confirm if there will be a cost involved.

    School Visit Enquiry

    To request a school visit or loan box form please provide the following information:

    Or for more information please contact :

    Clare Bromley
    Learning and Participation Officer
    Telephone : 01635 519562
    Email :