Education & Outreach
Bringing history to life
Every year, we open our doors to school pupils of all ages – and bring history to life with the help of our amazing collections.
Based in Carlisle Castle, the Museum has a range of interesting collections that comprise of uniform, textiles, weapons, equipment, silver, medals, musical instruments, paintings, prints, drawings, personal items, memorabilia and campaign relics. The archives include a wide range of original documents from unit war diaries to personal papers, casualty records, photographs and books. Many of the items and documents have strong personal and local links.
What do we offer?
The First World War
What was it like to be a soldier? An opportunity to handle original kit and find out about propaganda, recruitment and conscription.
NEW! Writing Home from the Front. Exploring some original archives, pupils look at the language and content of letters and investigate the WW1 postal service including censorship. Using their knowledge, pupils write their own letter home from the trenches. Great for KS2 literacy.
An Introduction to key themes from the First World War. A powerpoint presentation with objects illustrating why men joined the Army and went to war. This includes the themes of diversity, women, technology and remembrance.
The Second World War
What was it like to be a soldier? An opportunity to handle original kit and find out about different theatres of war and how it impacted on the soldier.
World War Two. What was it like for soldiers and their families back home? Looking at original artefacts, this session incorporates elements of the home front and soldier’s experiences.
NEW sessions for 2015-16
From Waterloo to Afghanistan 1815-1915-2015. Exploring the change in soldier’s uniform, kit and equipment over the last two centuries using original and replica artefacts to show progression and development.
Remembrance. Exploring Remembrance using objects and stories from the Collections. Suitable for KS1 and KS2.
Why not use the collections and galleries for a more cross-curricular approach? Whether maths, geography, literacy, music, art or DT, the Museum will be able to add a different dimension to your lessons. Drop Jules an email to explore possibilities!
The Arts Award – a more creative approach! Contact Jules for further information.
We have experience of delivering a wide variety of sessions to schools and groups throughout the County. Think we may be able to help but cannot see what you want? Please contact the Museum to discuss your ideas with us.
Information for Teachers
Teachers are welcome to visit the museum before booking a visit. Please contact 01228 532774 to make an appointment.
Teaching space – Sessions at the Museum will be provided in our education room and can comfortably accommodate 50 pupils.
Parking – Coach/minibus parking is available close by on Devonshire Walk car park on the west side of the Castle, or Bitts Park to the east; there is a coach drop-off point at Tullie House Museum opposite the Castle and access to the Castle is via the underpass at the same location. Disabled parking is available in the Castle for cars and small minibuses only. Why not recreate a World War II experience for your class by taking the train? The Museum is within 10 minutes walking distance from Carlisle railway station.
Health & Safety – A copy of our current risk assessment is available here
Toilets and disabled toilet are available in the museum.
Lunch/eating facilities – you can pre-book a lunch space at the museum, if it is available. There is a small cafe on site that provides tea/coffee, soft drinks, snacks and sandwiches.
Shop – there is a small shop stocking a range of publications (many relating to WWI and WWII), small souvenirs and confectionery.
How to make a booking
Contact the museum on 01228 532774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have the following information ready:
•Number of pupils
•Preferred dates and times of visit
Educational visits should be booked at least 14 days or more in advance.
Useful Information for individual or class projects – e.g. use of War Memorials, The National Archives Commonwealth War Graves Commission , local Libraries and County Records Offices and sources for family history/genealogical research etc.
For a museum mediated session there is a charge of £1.50 per pupil (minimum charge £25). Visits by the Curator/Member of the Museum Staff to your schools please contact the museum for current charges.