We welcome bookings for school visits. The varied history of the Old House Museum provides an exciting opportunity to discover all kinds of facts and means that we can offer a range of activities tailored to various Key Stages of the national curriculum.

The museum offers an exciting programme of taught workshops, activities, tours, and interactive visits. Our programme is aimed at KS1, KS2 and KS3 and fulfils key learning objectives as set out by the National Curriculum.

We offer:

Key Stage 1

  • Tudor Bakewell
  • Victorian Bakewell

Focusing on Victorian and Tudor Bakewell, students will learn about significant historical events, people and places in the locality. With a variety of trails and activities - including our ever popular Victorian Laundry Sessions - students get the opportunity to explore the museum and handle exhibits. 

Key Stage 2

  • Tudor Bakewell
  • Victorian Bakewell
  • Anglo-Saxon Bakewell
  • Richard Arkwright's Mills

Covering Anglo-Saxons, Tudors, Victorian and Georgian eras, students will learn about significant historical events, people and places in the locality. With a variety of trails, within the museum and in the town, and activities - including our ever popular Victorian Laundry Sessions - students get the opportunity to explore the museum and handle exhibits.

Key Stage 3

  • Medieval Bakewell

Our KS3 programme focuses on Medieval Bakewell. In addition to exploring museum collections, pupils can take a Town Trail. This takes students through Bakewell, discovering architectural remnants of the town's medieval past. See the download links on the right for more information. 

All sessions involve a consultation with our experienced qualified teachers to ensure that you and your pupils get the most out of your visit. We can also accommodate local history projects on request.

To book, or for more information, call us on 01629 813642 or email anita@bakewellhistory.com.

ONLY £5 per child - teachers FREE

For more information see our Education Brochure (pdf - 6Mb)

Download our Risk Assessment Form (.docx)

Parking and Directions: We have limited space at the museum so large coaches will not be able to park on the forecourt. Please follow our Directions.


Museum Activity Sessions - How we Lived in the Past

Victorian Laundry Sessions

for KS1 and KS2

Set in the atmospheric Victorian kitchen, pupils are given a Victorian alter ego. Dressed in period costume and allowed to handle museum exhibits, they can experience an authentic and enjoyable washday


Toys and Games of Yesteryear

for KS1 and KS2

Play with authentic Victorian games and toys in our courtyard, including Hop Scotch, Skipping Ropes, Hula Hoops, and Whip-and-Tops. Learn and sing Victorian songs and dance like a Tudor!


Tudor Times

for KS1 and KS2

Explore life in a Tudor house! Learn how to dance like a Tudor, play like a Tudor and even dress like one. Includes Museum Trails and artefact handling.



Museum Trails

Top 10 Trail

for KS1 and KS2

Follow the numbers around the house and see if you can comeplete the trail!
An entertaining fact-based trail designed to lead children through the museum, covering its five hundred years of occupation.


The Rat Trail

for KS1 and KS2

It is said you are never more than six feet away from a rat...can you find the rat hidden in each room?
A popular museum trail, the Rat Trail combines a fun treasure hunt with plenty of historic ratty facts!



Town Trails

Town Trails are suitable for KS2 and KS3 students. These provide the opportunity for studies over time, tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality. 

Anglo Saxon Bakewell

for KS2

Our Town Trails present fieldwork opportunities for KS2. Visit sites, structures and artefacts across Bakewell.

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Medieval Bakewell 1066 - 1485

for KS3

Suitable for KS3 visit sites, buildings, structures and artefacts that existed in medieval times or were created then.

Synopsis of Tour (pdf)

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Back of Old House

Tudor Bakewell

for KS2

Visit Tudor buildings in Bakewell. Compares Tudor life and the present day and explores events beyong living memory, such as the dissolution of the monasteries.

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Victorian Bakewell

for KS1 an KS2

A study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality. Focuses on the development of Bakewell during the reign of Queen Victoria.

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Sir Richard Arkwright and Lumford Mill

for KS2

A study of the aspect of history and a site that is significant in the locality. Visit the site of Arkwright's mill and find out why Bakewell was so important in the rise of industrialisation.

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Geography Fieldwork

for KS2

This encourages pupils to consolidate their place and locational knowledge and improve their grasp of physical and human geography.

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