School Visits to Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Sessions run throughout the year - if you are looking for a specific workshop that is not listed please contact the site learning officer. A range of technology is available, including smart board, laptop and iPads. For more details please see the downloadable workshop itineraries on this page. “When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributes significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.” (Ofsted)

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Look out…The Romans are Coming!

  • Key Stage 2 (adaptable for KS1 and 3)
  • session length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • curriculum themes: Roman Britain, Local History, technology and production, Citizenship, Invaders and Settlers,
  • In this interactive and hands on session, Children will learn about why the Romans invaded Britain, who tried to stop them and why the Romans settled in Doncaster. Children will have the chance to dress up and learn about life in Roman Doncaster through a variety of activities which engage them with genuine Roman artefacts.

Stone Age Rocks!

  • Key stage 2 (adaptable for KS1)
  • session length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Curriculum themes: History, Technology
  • Children will learn about the 3 eras of the Stone Age, try out cave painting, look at Stone Age housing, smell Stone Age food, handle real artefacts and dress in Stone Age style clothing!

We dig Archaeology

  • Key Stage 2 (adaptable for KS1 and 3)
  • session length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • curriculum themes: Archaeology, Science, Citizenship and History. This workshop can be chosen to support Roman or Stone Age topics, or as a non-period specific workshop.
  • Children learn about Archaeology and how Archaeologists learn about the past from material artefacts and remains. The children then carry out archaeological investigations to learn about a selected period in time, using a range of specimens and authentic artefacts.

Alchemy Academy

  • Key Stage 2 (adaptable for KS1 and 3)
  • session length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • curriculum themes: Science, History
  • In this workshop your class become scientists, with lab coats and goggles to wear whilst investigating. The class are led through a series of experiments, where they hypothesise, carryout the experiment themselves, then discuss the results. They also learn about potions and medicine through history.

What, no Mummies? Ancient Egyptians

  • Key Stage 2 (adaptable for KS1 and 3)
  • session length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • curriculum themes: History, Citizenship, English
  • Children will learn about the geographic location of Egypt and a brief history of Ancient Egypt as a civilisation. Then they will then take part in acting out the steps of mummification. The class then carry out a range of activities, where they engage with genuine and replica artefacts to learn more about life in Ancient Egypt, including; craft, hieroglyphs, religion, and domestic life.

Dino Detectives and Fossil Explorers

  • Key Stage 2 (adaptable for KS1 and 3)
  • session length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • curriculum themes: Science, Fossils, History, Investigation and Palaeontology
  • Children will discuss and learn how fossils are made and where they can be found. They will see our world famous Ichthyosaur ‘Fizzy’ and handle genuine plant and animal fossils that are millions of years old. They will then carry out an investigation, following clues to work out what kind of dinosaur is on the loose in the museum, the workshop comes to a conclusion with the class getting to meet a the dinosaur which they have been hunting.

Messy Monster Models

  • Key Stage 1 (adaptable for KS2 and 3)
  • session length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • curriculum themes: Art, History
  • This work shop can get a bit messy, but don’t worry, we do the cleaning! Taking inspiration from Anthony Gormley’s ‘Field for the British Isles’, this workshop combines the sculpture with the natural history exhibitions at Doncaster Museum 


For bookings and further information about workshops, contact:

As part of your workshop booking we can also provide:

  • Lunch area
  • Outdoor seating and open area
  • Soft outdoor play equipment
  • Disabled access, parking and toilets
  • Access to shop area stocking various toys, books and gifts
  • Free WiFi
  • Pre visit booklet available on this page 'The Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery Story'

Teacher comments

Alchemy Academy.....The children were positively engaged and eager to learn throughout. Resources were very well prepared and the instructions on how to use them throughout the session were clear and helpful to how the session ran so smoothly.  Love the outfits and chance to dress like scientists!
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Primary School

The Romans are coming.....History focused but loved how other areas of curriculum were also covered, even maths! Children thoroughly enjoyed hands on activities and dressing up. The hands on activities were perfect for SEN children.
Owston Park PrimarySchool

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Last updated: 18 December 2017 10:09:01