Schools at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

“Exploring the rooms helped the children to gain a picture of the past without mobile phones and televisions. The children couldn’t stop talking about their day and their parents are very keen to watch their films."
Andrea Day, Teacher, St Mary's Kirkby Kendal C of E Primary School (Story Seeker Session)

About the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Step back in time and discover how the people of Cumbria lived, played and worked. This quirky, colourful collection brings local history to life through a wonderful mixture of exhibitions, period rooms and a chance to wander down the street scene to explore a historic pharmacy, printmakers and toy shop. Pupils learn about lost Lakeland trades and local figures including author Authur Ransome and photographer Joseph Hardman. With an interactive ‘curator’s office’ learning space and activity trails for self-led visits.

Price of School Sessions

  • Half day session (2 hours)    £4 per pupil
  • Full day session (10:30 – 2:30)    £150 max 30 pupils
  • Self-guided (regular opening hours) Free

How to Book

Select from our Range of Facilitated School Sessions:

Toys of the Past
Suitable for: Early Years and KS 1
Length: 2 hours
In this multi-sensory session, pupils learn about changes in living memory by exploring how toys have changed over the last 100 years. By exploring historic rooms and costume, pupils can imagine life before plastic, batteries and electricity. Pupils will play traditional games in replica Victorian costume and make a toy to take away.

Story Seekers - NEW!
Suitable for: KS1 & KS2
Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
Explore history as storytelling. Discover hidden stories and traditional tales around the museum and become a storyteller. Pupils will learn to use stop-motion animation technology to bring their narratives to life! Developed with St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Kirkby Lonsdale, and local storyteller Ian Douglas.

Dour to Delicious - NEW!
Outreach - In School session, full day fee applies (£150)
Suitable for: KS2 local history, literacy, healthy eating, numeracy.
Length: 2 hours
Explore Cumbria's history through food! Follow the history of the humble oat from the Iron Age to today as we make clapbread, a staple for centuries of Cumbrian farmers. Also known as oatcakes, clapbread exposes Cumbria’s historic, at times turbulent, relationship with Scotland before England and Scotland became united. Then, students will make ice cream the Georgian way and imagine life in Cumbria’s grandest houses. These historic recipes demonstrate two distinct periods in Cumbria’s history. Students will then explore how everything changed when the railway arrived and consider what healthy eating means today. Developed and piloted by Grange C of E Primary School.

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Learning programme supported by:

Cumbria County Council