Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre hosts guided group visits from schools, colleges and other educational establishments. These visits are of particular relevance to the National Curriculum and visits can be tailored to individual topics.
All visits must be by prior arrangement: please contact us here.
Additionally, visits can be extended to include the town's High Street, the 12th and 15th century churches, the Guildhall and the site of Beaudesert Castle. School and other young persons groups must be accompanied by an adequate level of adult supervision. We can also accommodate out-of-season school group visits.
Our Risk Assessment statement is available here.
What can the Heritage Centre offer your school?
Our team of volunteer guides including ex-teachers will provide an exciting inter-active introduction to the local history and geography of the small town of Henley in Arden. This can incorporate important elements of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
Groups with special needs can be accommodated but please note that because of the age of the building there is disabled access only to the ground floor.
The Medieval Room offers a variety of source material related to the early development of the town and Beaudesert castle including archaeological artefacts and documents.
The Victorian/Edwardian collection includes a schoolroom, kitchen, clothing, tools,
The World War II collection includes a full scale replica Anderson bomb shelter and various artefacts including a 500lb bomb.
The children will have the opportunity to:
- Develop an awareness of the past and think of similarities and differences in relation to the present day
- Ask and answer questions about the development of Henley, an example of a small town
- Think about how we use different sources of evidence
- Acquire information using a variety of techniques.
The children will be able to:
- Use and develop their skills and techniques of enquiry, investigation and problem solving
- Enhance fieldwork skills and techniques using a range of methods including sketch maps, photography, plans, graphs and surveys
- Analyse and draw conclusions from the geographical and historical data collected
- Deepen their understanding of change over time and of similarities and differences between places.
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