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From Egyptians to Romans, Mansion to Castle, our museums and schools sessions inspire children to look, investigate, compare and question their ideas about the world around them.

The wide range of collections provide endless possibilities to explore any area of learning, whether you want to plan your own visit or take part in one of our active museum-led sessions.

Click on the links below to find out more, or have a look through our schools brochure.

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Our sessions are led by our team of trained Museum Assistants and are a fun way to explore your chosen venue.

Interact, dress up and explore the rich history Colchester & Ipswich have to offer.

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Borrow one of our loan boxes to bring the past alive in your classroom. Boxes contain a mix of replica and real objects, photos, documents and guidance notes.


Variety of museum pieces on a shelf

If you fancy browsing our collections at your own pace, we have a range of resources that are designed to assist teachers and students on their self-guided tour.

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A handy list of questions that we get asked about a lot.

Hopefully they will provide you with all the information you need about visiting one of our venues.

Fossil shell

We run a diverse range of exhibitions and events for all ages. Whatever Arts Award level you are working towards, we can help.

Year 3 and 4 children from Silver End Primary School visited Colchester Castle as part of their Roman history theme.

When the children returned to school from their visit, they couldn’t have been more engaged or enthused about this period in history. They followed trails around the museum, thoroughly enjoyed the interactive aspects of games such as the chariot racing and they were able to put what they had learned in class into context through the artefacts and role play.

Teachers and supporting adults felt that the children had an educational and memorable day out, purposefully supporting our curriculum.

Victoria Good

Head of School, Silver End Primary School

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