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Please note: The Museum will be closed from 2nd - 15th January, while the fire alarm is being replaced.

 Schools and Groups at Abbey House

Click to expandEYFS workshops

Abbey House Bear Hunt
We are putting on our pith helmets to hunt for Albert the Abbey House Bear through the Victorian Streets. Will we find him?

Father Christmas for nursery schools
Meet Father Christmas and do a Christmas craft activity in our seasonally decorated Victorian Streets.

Nursery Rhyme Time
Wobble like a jelly and tip like a tea pot to explore our Victorian Streets using nursery rhymes inspired by our new Taste exhibition.

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 4079 to reach our Learning and Access Officer.

Click to expandKey Stage 1 Workshops

​Abbey House Bear Hunt
We are putting on our pith helmets to hunt for Albert the Abbey House Bear through the Victorian Streets. Will we find him?

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? Find out in this creative workshop.

Going to the Seaside (or, how Queen Victoria invented Holidays)
Pupils compare seaside holidays in the recent past with those taken a long time ago!

Meet the Victorians
A chance to meet a Victorian visitor from the past!

Nursery Rhyme Time
Wobble like a jelly and tip like a tea pot to explore our Victorian Streets using nursery rhymes inspired by our new Taste exhibition.

Self-guided visits to Abbey House
Plan a visit to Abbey House Museum on one of a number of themes and curriculum topics.

Topics through Time- Comparing Queens
Compare the lives of two remarkable women; our current Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria and the everyday lives of their subjects in this new curriculum linked workshop.

Topics Through Time – Houses and Homes
How heavy is a flat iron? A fantastic opportunity to investigate and handle local, original household objects from the past two centuries

Topics Through Time – Toys Through Time
A chance to handle old and new toys from the museum’s nationally important collection and to discover how children played in the past.

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 4079 to reach our Learning and Access Officer.

Click to expandKey Stage 2 Workshops

​Abbey House Murder Mystery
There has been a murder at Abbey House Museum! This engaging cross curricular workshop encourages pupils to think analytically and build arguments using evidence.

Bah Humbug!
Discover how the Victorians invented many of our Christmas traditions and compare how rich and poor Victorians celebrated Christmas.

Meet the Victorians
A chance to meet a Victorian visitor from the past!

Self-guided visits to Abbey House
Plan a visit to Abbey House Museum on one of a number of themes and curriculum topics.

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 it like to be a child in Yorkshire? What happened when they were ill?

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 4079 to reach our Learning and Access Officer.

Click to expandPlanning a visit

​If you are thinking of booking a trip to Abbey House for your school or group please get in touch with us via phone on 0113 378 4079.

More information to help you plan your trip can be found on the Visitor information page.​

 
Ever wondered what it was like to be a Victorian lady or gentleman? What kind of clothes you would wear? What shops looked like?  Or what children played with in the past?

The answers can all be found at Abbey House Museum. 


Have a marvellous time ambling around the Victorian street. Find out about the differences in life between the widow washerwoman, the pub landlord and the undertaker. Explore the toys children played with in the past and have fun exclaiming, “I had something like that…”. Discover tales of Leeds, tell stories, and create your own new memories.


Schools

We have a menu of two hour curriculum based workshops, focussed on hands-on learning. Abbey House works well for Early Years and Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 supporting topics such as Toys and Games, Victorians, Seaside Holidays and Shopping. Fancy a murder mystery? We have our very own at Abbey House! Like most of our other workshops, it is cross-curricular and supports the development of literacy skills (speaking and listening), science (materials, properties, forces and using evidence) and often numeracy, art and geography.


Groups

On site we have two spaces which we use for workshops with groups: the education room (first floor, accessible by lift) and the Abbot’s Room (second floor). Groups often choose to eat their lunch either in the park next to Kirkstall Abbey, or we can book you an undercover space in the Abbey Visitor Centre. We would recommend that you come and meet us for a pre-visit where we can tailor things to suit if your group has additional needs and you can complete your risk assessment. We have downloadable Health and Safety guidance to help you to do this which you can access from the Planning a visit page link at the top left of this page. Abbey House gets booked up for group visits a long way in advance.  To avoid disappointment, call now and we’ll see what we can do.


What teachers say about us:

“We enjoyed everything! The museum is fantastic. Great 1st hand experience for the children, they are motivated and excited which makes them learn!”, KS1 teacher

“The whole experience was excellent for our pupils - they had some freedom to look around but had a purpose. I would definitely wish to do the same again. The work/ideas were pitched exactly right!”, Year 6 teacher

And, most importantly, what do the students think?

What did you enjoy about today?…. “because you are looking and using your brain but it is still fun”, Year 6 pupil

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