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Award winning school workshops at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall photo by Toby Weller

Award winning programme


Our award winning Key Stage 2 programme delivers interactive and engaging curriculum workshops led by our creative and experienced team. Activities on offer include object handling, storytelling and role-play challenges covering a range of topics.


Vikings: Sailors, Raiders and Traders

KS2 History: Vikings

Find out why the Vikings took to the sea, where they went and what they did when they got there. Pupils can either take part in a Viking traders challenge OR investigate Viking clothing and discover what it was like to dress as a Viking. Also, take part in our Viking coin striking activity and make your very own replica Viking coin to take back to school!

Covers key questions:

  • Why did the Vikings travel from their homelands and where did they go?
  • How did the Vikings travel so far from their homelands?
  • When did the Vikings come to to raid and to stay?
  • Viking Voyagers Teacher Notes

Duration: 1 hour activity (Viking Trading Challenge or Viking Clothing Challenge) plus a 30-minute coin striking activity and an opportunity to explore the museum (flexible).
Cost: £4.50 per pupil, adults free
Group Size: Typically up to 2 classes

Tudor Explorers

KS2 History: A significant turning point in British history; the changing power of monarchs.

Come face to face with Elizabeth I in our portrait investigation and get hands on with a giant map of the world to discover the causes and impact of exploration in Tudor times. Use your hands, eyes, ears and noses to find out what it was like to dress as an ordinary sailor and live on board a Tudor warship and take part in a raiding challenge with replica artefacts.

Duration: 3 x 30 min activities and an opportunity to explore the museum (flexible)
Cost: £4.50 per pupil, adults free
Group Size: Typically up to 2 classes

Scrapheap Sailboat Challenge

KS2 Science: Controlled investigations | Design and Technology: Design, Make and Evaluate

Design, make and test your own sail boat using just scrap materials! Collect ideas, carry out tests and investigate how hull shapes, sail size and position, and even methods of joining materials can affect the performance of your design. Can you work together to make your boat in time for the great scrapheap sailboat race?

Duration: 1 hour investigation activities, plus 1 x hour for boat construction and race and an opportunity to explore the museum (flexible)
Cost: £4.50 per pupil, adults free
Group Size: Typically up to 2 classes

Falmouth and The Packet Ships

KS2 Local history, geography and art | History: An aspect of history… significant in the locality

Discover the story of Falmouth and how it was once at the centre of a worldwide communications network. Become ‘history detectives’ exploring the museum’s interactive displays and investigate real artefacts, paintings and primary sources to build up a picture of Falmouth in the past.

Extend your local history visit to include a free walk through Falmouth. Led by Falmouth Art gallery. Free. Subject to availability.

Duration: 45 minute gallery-based investigation, plus a 45 minute extension activity (Make a Packet Ship or Rope-Making Challenge) and an opportunity to explore the museum (flexible)
Cost: £4.50 per pupil, adults free
Group Size: Typically up to 2 classes


Booking form

Please use this booking form to book your visit.

Contact us

Education Officer: Seth Hall
Telephone: 01326 214535
Email: sethhall@nmmc.co.uk

National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
Falmouth
Cornwall
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388

Email: enquiries@nmmc.co.uk