Learn at Abbey House Museum

At Abbey House Museum we can help you deliver diverse and original skills-based learning across many different curriculum areas.

Discover our learning workshops and register your interest by submitting an enquiry form from an individual workshop page.

You can also make a general learning workshop enquiry using the form below.

SEMH Curriculum

Burmantofts vase or spoon warmer

We have created a series of SEMH curriculum resources about objects at Abbey House Museum and across our other museums & galleries. These activities are an opportunity for children and staff to discover how objects can be used to develop connections and grow confidence.

Our resources are designed to support your SEMH curriculum with activities which encourage the PACE approach of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy.

Online learning resources

Looking for museum engagement in your classroom? Search digital workshops, free SEMH curriculum resources and MyLearning.org for our virtual offer.


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What was it like to live here 100 years ago?

What was life like for ordinary people in Yorkshire 100 years ago? What did people do for a living? What did they eat? Where did they shop?

What was life like 100 years ago workshop

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08 February 2019

Abbey House Murder Mystery

Mr Sellit has been found dead in our Victorian Streets, covered in clues. Working with a Victorian detective, can your pupils use thinking skills to solve the clues and crack the case?

Victorian street at Abbey House Museum

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Topics through time – Toys and games

Your class will get to see and handle a range of old and new toys and discover how differently children played in the past.

Victorian doll, rocking horse, other toys

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Topics through time – Houses and Homes

How heavy is a flat iron? How long did it take to wash clothes before washing machines were invented? Did Victorians have vacuum cleaners?

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Topics through time – Comparing Queens

Compare the lives of two remarkable women: Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. Find out about their childhoods, coronations, and jubilee celebrations.

Comparing Queens workshop

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Topics through time – Going to the Seaside

Compare seaside holidays today with those in the recent past and those taken a long time ago by examining a range of objects and photos.

rusty blue spade

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Christmas Toys and Games

What toys did children get in their stockings in the past? What did it mean if you got coal in your stocking? Discover how the Victorians invented many of our Christmas traditions.


Nursery Rhyme Time

The Baker’s Wife will help your class to follow Gerald the gingerbread man’s clues to find nursery rhymes hidden around our Victorian Streets. With rhymes, actions, and a craft activity.

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Abbey House Bear Hunt

Explore the Victorian Streets led by our bear hunter, following the paw prints to see what Albert the bear has been up to in the museum including Victorian washing and playing hopscotch.

Children holding teddy bears

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05 February 2019

Virtual Classroom Workshop: Toys through time

A fun online version of our most popular workshop looking at old and new toys in the museum. Investigate what they are made of and how old they are.

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16 December 2018