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Education and learning

Dinosaur at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

We offer a varied menu of learning resources at our sites that support the curriculum across key stages in the classroom.

Further information

Leicester Arts and Museums are also an Artsmark Partner. We can support schools on your Artsmark journey and encourage creativity, participation and enquiry through our provision of learning resources and Active Learning Workshops.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.

At New Walk Museum & Art Gallery we can offer a unique experience to include:

  • Inspiring workshops for all Key Stages to focus on our permanent art collections
  • Self-guided art resources such discussion cards and prompt cards
  • Prompt Boxes suitable for 1 -8 years to encourage play within the Victorian Art Gallery by using familiar objects that also have relevance to the artworks on display
  • A stimulating learning environment for self-guided visits. 

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We offer the following services:

  • Active learning sessions (Key Stages 1 to 4)
  • Teacher-led resources
  • Group visits
  • Handling boxes. 

Whatever the topic, we will help to bring it to life - dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies, Victorian paintings and giant beam engines - you will find all these and more in our museums, along with staff who will help you to plan your visit.

If you are interested in making a booking or have any questions please contact us using the methods at the bottom of this page or select the quick link at the top.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery has a magnificent collection of artefacts and displays. Self–directed visits are suitable for school aged children, adult learning and higher education groups.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 workshops are offered on Egyptology and dinosaurs.

The Guildhall

The atmospheric Guildhall hosts an upper Key Stage 2/lower Key Stage 3 session. Investigate crime and punishment through the ages and use historic evidence to put King Richard III on trial. 

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens

Newarke Houses Museum is ideal for self-directed visits and offers a Key Stage 1 active learning session on toys and games.

An activity pack is also available for Key Stage 3 and 4 teachers who wish to bring a secondary group for a self-led visit to the World War One galleries. The historical walled garden is wonderful for a picnic during the summer months.

Abbey Pumping Station

A Key Stage 2 session examines why the Abbey Pumping Station was built and how it changed the lives of Leicester’s residents.

The Washday workshop uses real objects and costume to compliment the session where pupils learn about domestic life in Victorian times.

Fosse Arts Centre

Our active learning sessions cover exciting arts projects to bring the curriculum to life and covering textiles, sculpture and 3D construction, general arts and ceramics.

Fosse also offer practical arts and crafts training for teachers and classroom assistants.

All of this is led by professional, qualified and experienced artists to help enhance and support your school's creative curriculum.

For more information please visit the community centres section.

World War One activity packs

Activity packs are available to download to support the World War One galleries at Newarke Houses Museum.

Three activity packs are available, a family pack, for ages seven to 11 and 11 to 16. The packs are suitable for families, school and community groups and include activities to do in the museum and at home. The following documents are available to download from this page.

  • World War One activity pack for 7-11 years'
  • World War One activity pack for 11-16 years'
  • World War One family activity pack'.

Handling boxes


The Roman Object Loans Box is a handling resource containing replica and original artefacts to enrich children’s learning about the Romans. The Key Stage 2 box supports the following curriculum links:

  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • ‘Romanisation’ of Britain
  • The impact of technology and culture

Object cards provide brief descriptions about each item and many of the cards include suggested classroom activities.

The objects and activities in the box will enable the pupils to:

  • Handle real Roman objects
  • Evaluate information
  • Encourage working together and to contribute within a small group or whole class discussion
  • Collect relevant information, to sort, classify, compare
  • Develop enquiry skills and ask relevant questions

The cost for a two-week loan is £50. Please send us an email or ring 0116 2254910 to make a booking.

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