Learning Sessions

Brighton Museum

Brighton during World War II 1 hour, onsite, all KS

Gain a unique insight into four people’s experiences of World War II in Brighton. Their identities are unravelled through World War II artefacts, archives and oral histories. How did war affect real people’s lives? What was the impact of the bombing raids? How did they cope with rationing?

Life and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt 1 hour, onsite, KS2

What did the ancient Egyptians believe about the afterlife? Why did the Egyptians mummify their dead and who was mummified? This session uses costumes and props to explore the Ancient Egyptians, their beliefs in the afterlife and the mummification process.

Local History Walk with Martha Gunn 1.5 hours, onsite, all KS

Come and meet famous dipper Martha Gunn as she tells you all about Brighton’s history through a slide show and a tour around The Lanes.

Minnie Turner, Life of a Brighton Suffragette, 1.5 hours, onsite, all KS

Come and meet Minnie Turner and learn what life was like in Brighton at the turn of the 20th century when women were campaigning for the vote.

Gallery Detectives 1 hour, onsite, all KS

Available throughout the museum, more information to follow.


Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Brighton in the Stone Age 90 minutes, onsite, all KS

Be a historian uncovering the story of Brighton's ancient past in the tale of Whitehawk Hill and the ancient people who built and visited it. Handle 5000 year old artefacts, become a Stone Age trader and hear Sussex folklore stories under a starry sky just like your ancient ancestors did.

Victorian Bygones 1 hour, onsite, all KS

Turn history detective with our Victorian household objects and find out how travel, trade and technology affected life at home during Queen Victoria’s reign.

Toys 1 hour, onsite, KS1

Come and see all sorts of toys, old and new, from Vicotrian china dolls and old teddy bears to toys that children would have made and played with in the street. Make your own cup and ball to take home with you.


Booth Museum of Natural History

Meet the Booths 1.5 hours, onsite, KS2

How did the Victorians gain their knowledge of the natural world? Meet the remarkable Victorians Mr or Mrs Booth who will uncover the intriguing world of the Victorian collector. Students discover how real Victorian naturalists set about sorting, classifying and understanding the world in which they lived.


The Royal Pavilion

General Tour 1 hour, onsite, KS3+

Find out more about the history of this fantastic building and why it was so important to the development of the town.

General Tour for Schools 1 hour, onsite, KS1&2

Uncover the Royal Pavilion’s intriguing history and learn about the former Royal residents. Imagine yourself as visiting dinner guests attending a King’s feast.

Her Majesty's Servants – Victorian Costumed Tour 1.5 hours, onsite, KS2

Come dressed as one of Queen Victoria’s servants and help us prepare the Palace for her visit. Learn more about the typical daily duties of a real Victorian servant.

The Royal Pavilion and India 1 hour, onsite, KS2&3

What links India and a lavish Brighton seaside retreat for a King? This tour takes you on a journey around the Royal Pavilion's architecture to find the answers. Learn about the Indian buildings that inspired its unique structure, and its use as a hospital for Indian soldiers during World War I.

The Royal Pavilion as a WW1 Military Hospital 1 hour, onsite, KS1,2&3

On this tour you can find out more about this extraordinary chapter in the life of the Royal Pavilion Estate as it was transformed first into a hospital for wounded Indian Soldiers and then later for British Amputee soldiers. Why did this happen? How did this happen? Where did happen? Who was involved? And how did the town respond?


Preston Manor

Let's be Victorian Servants 1.5 hours, onsite, KS1

Come dressed as a Victorian servant to Preston Manor and find out more about the jobs a servant would do and what life was like for them. Experience what life was like for a Victorian servant by doing  some of the household chores yourself.

Situations Vacant – Victorian role play 2 hours, onsite, KS2

Find out what life was really like for Victorian servants in a grand house. Come dressed as a servant applying for a job as a lower servant. Fully immerse yourself into the role.

Support our Troops, WWI role play - KS1+2

Lady Ellen Stanford invites your class to come and help her at Preston Manor in her voluntary work for the war effort. Lady Ellen's grandson Vere is at war in France and the household are doing all they can to help. Help prepare for a fundraising sale, make bunting, knitting and sewing, help Ellen write letters to soldiers, practice a recitial, help prepare medical supplies for Brighton's military hospitals, make biscuits for wounded soldiers, food parcels for prisoners of war and clothes parcels for refugees.  Come dressed in your finest school uniforms for a 2 hour session in role with Lady Ellen and one of her servants. 


Old Police Cells Museum

Brighton and Policing 1.5 hours, onsite, KS2&3

Find out how policing began in the UK and how it changed as the town grew from 1832, in the former police station.


Brighton Beach Punch & Judy

Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside (outreach: KS1, KS2)

Who’s over 350 years old and can visit your school? None other than Mr. Punch. With all that history at his wooden fingertips he can help you bring it to life in your classroom.  A visit from a real Punch & Judy ‘Professor’ for a 1.5 hr session tailored to your learning topic includes a performance, a handling collection of puppets, a small display, plenty of Q&A and guaranteed enjoyment.


The Keep

For more information on our programmes please visit www.thekeep.info.


Brighton Toy & Model Museum

Sessions last between 1.5 and 3 hours, subject to school request. Bespoke sessions and outreach sessions available. Sessions can be enhanced by one of our puppet shows (30 minutes).

Dolls and Bears – Timeline and Materials EYFS 

Investigate the characteristics of old and new toys, including their materials.

Toys, Puppets and Mechanics EYFS, KS1&2

This fascinating learning session presents Key Stage 1 and 2 children with an investigation into the characteristics of old and new toys, including their materials. Students also look at how toys move, focusing on the different mechanics and forces which power them.

The Victorians KS2

How artefacts in the toy museum represent Victorian life, focusing as requested on the changing role of transport, the growing importance of the seaside as a holiday location, and the issues of toys and play.

What was it like to be a child in World War II? KS2

Drawing on both artefacts and oral history, investigate how toys and play reflect and represent the impact of war on the lives of children.

Life in Britain since the 1930s KS2

Key Stage 1 and 2 students investigate the nature of play and toys from the 1930s to the present day by drawing on both artefacts and oral history. Sessions can be tailored for individual groups, and entertaining puppet shows can be arranged to further enhance the learning experience.


Brighton Dome

KS2&3, onsite tour and learning session, 1.5 hours

Brighton Dome started life as a magnificent stables and riding house for the Prince Regent, then became a grand theatre and assembly hall. Learn about the beginnings of this prestigious building and see behind the scenes of a vibrant concert hall.


Whitehawk Air-Raid Shelter - City Academy

World War II Home front 2 hours, onsite and outreach, all KS Guided tour of an atmospheric, partially restored air-raid shelter built in 1939, followed by a session in school with handling activities and dressing up.


Volk’s Electric Railway

Full trip on railway, followed by talk and guided tour 1.5 hours, all KS  

Tours include engineering workshops and sheds dating from 1900. Talks include the seafront, technology, history, the environment, solar power.


Regency Town House

Customised school tours, plus school visits by request, up to 1.5 hours, mainly KS2&3

Visit a traditional terraced Brighton property of the mid-1830s. Mrs Simpson, our cook, hosts tours showing how people lived and worked in the 1830s.


Brighton Housing Trust - St Stephen's Hall

Modern Homelessness in Brighton and Hove, up to 1.5 hours, outreach, upper KS2

Ever wondered about the realities of being street homeless? Students use oral history clips, film, discussion and role-play to investigate common myths and misconceptions about what it is like to experience homelessness

The Hidden History of St Stephen’s Hall, up to 1.5 hours, outreach, upper KS2

From fashionable ballroom in 1766, to King George IV’s chapel in 1822, to day centre in the modern day; students draw from maps, prints and newspaper articles to investigate the fascinating hidden history of St Stephen’s Hall

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