Learning at The Beaney

The Beaney has been delivering fun and inspiring school’s workshops for over 30 years, bringing subjects to life as part of a rich, cross-curricular experience.

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About

Booking a Schools Workshop with us gives your pupils the unique opportunity to learn alongside a collection of thousands of inspirational artefacts and works of art.

We believe in learning through play and our activities are designed to stimulate curiosity, collaboration and creativity. Through handling real artefacts and investigating our collections your class or group can develop a range of enquiry-based learning skills.

Our dedicated Learning team will work with you to ensure you get the most from your visit, so whether you are investigating Victorian Toys, the Ancient Egyptians, creating art or looking to discover some incredible collections from around the globe, we have a workshop to suit your needs.

The Beaney has received a 2023 Sandford Award.

“The Beaney’s fascinating, varied collections and attractive galleries provide inspiration for a range of engaging school and wellbeing programmes. Using the Collections, the Learning team delivers high quality workshops and activities for visiting groups. The schools and Learning provision is an exemplar of good practice. Well done to all the staff!”

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School Workshops

Aphra Behn Workshop

Facilitated Workshops
An interactive workshop exploring Canterbury’s Aphra Behn (1640-1689): Literature’s best kept... Read more

SEND Sensory Workshops

Facilitated Workshops
Explore the museum in an accessible and sensory way. Take part in open ended object investigation... Read more

Learning Lab LEGO

Facilitated Workshops
Add exciting STEAM activities to your topic with a trip to the museum, using our Lego Education... Read more

The Beaney Highlights Tour

Facilitated Workshops
Explore some of our key artefacts and art works at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge! Our tour... Read more

Victorian Toys & Games

Facilitated Workshops
Investigate real Victorian toys including Lily the doll and find out what they’re made of and how... Read more

Ancient Egyptians

Facilitated Workshops
Work with our experienced facilitator to mummify a classmate and groan as the intestines are pulled... Read more

Prehistoric People

Facilitated Workshops
Handle real stone age artefacts, explore the galleries in search of food and material and create... Read more

Wildlife and Habitats

Facilitated Workshops
Explore our colourful wildlife collection. Find out about habitats and adaptations, investigate... Read more

Rupert Bear Workshop

Facilitated Workshops
Come and meet Rupert Bear and his friends in the Beaney and hear tales of their adventures in... Read more

Bagpuss & Friends

Facilitated Workshops
Come and meet Bagpuss and his friends at The Beaney and hear the tales of how, between them all,... Read more

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Loan Boxes

Loan Boxes

Bring the museum to you! Our Loan Boxes contain a selection of real and replica artefacts, suggested activities and information on when and how they were made and used.

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Online Resources

Online Resources

Whether you’re a teacher, student or parent, at home or at school, discover how you can creatively learn about an array of topics with our virtual activities.

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Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing is at the heart of what we do. Interacting and socialising in an inspiring environment can help to boost confidence and participating in calming, focused activities can help to reduce levels of anxiety. Groups will reflect on what they have learned as well as how their experience makes them feel.

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