Medieval Canterbury – Facilitated

Investigate what life was like in Medieval Canterbury through a range of learning activities including a fun, interactive workshop facilitated by our staff, examining artefacts including medieval pilgrim badges and exploring how Canterbury became a popular tourist destination; or take part in one of our teacher led object handling or creative activities. Key stage 2 and 3, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.

  • A painting of medieval men on horses.

Session details – facilitated workshop

On arrival please introduce yourselves at our main visitor information desk and then make your way upstairs to our Learning Lab. Our facilitator will greet you and show you where to put coats and bags and lead you into the Learning Lab where part of the session will take place.

There are 2 parts to the workshop. One group will investigate Medieval maps of Canterbury and take part in a fun quiz highlighting some amazing Medieval facts, whilst the other will talk about Thomas Becket and his role in the history of Canterbury, and then investigate some original and replica Medieval artefacts. The groups will then swap, each part will take approximately 40-45 minutes. It would be helpful if the school staff were able to put the pupils into these 2 groups.  Some of the objects you will handle are very old and may be a little fragile so a member of your staff or accompanying adult must work with each group to ensure your pupils are supervised at all times.

The activities will be facilitated by our staff and will take place in the Learning Lab and in the museum galleries where the activity is focused so it is recommended that you allow some time for a more general museum visit during your trip. Details of teacher led visits and available resources are below.

KS2/KS3 /intermediate/advanced ESOL students. Please specify when booking


The Medieval session runs for 1.5 hours and is available at the following times:

10:15 – 11:45

12:00 – 13:30

13:45 – 15:15


£4.00 per pupil, accompanying adults are free. Min charge £70.

Capacity & Age Groups

Maximum numbers for the Medieval workshop is 32 pupils plus accompanying teachers. For larger groups we can split you into 2 groups and you can combine your visit with other activities or a museum visit whilst the groups take it in turns to participate in the workshop.

Key stage 2 and 3, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.

Teacher led visits

If you would prefer to explore the museum independently the Beaney is free to enter but we would ask you to complete a booking form so that we can monitor the number of visitors for health and safety purposes. We can also provide a range of Medieval themed teacher led activities. For more information please visit our Medieval Canterbury – Teacher Led page.

Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

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