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Educational Visits

At present we offer guided tours that can be tailored to suit your particular school's needs.

For further information, please contact:-

Gavin Evans, Curator
Carmarthenshire County Museum
Abergwili
Carmarthen
SA31 2JG

School Visits

All activities are free.

Please book in advance, including self-directed activities.

Some of the spaces within the museum are small, so school groups often break up into smaller groups to rotate activities. In these circumstances, the museum offers a member of staff to lead one group only. The museum is fully accessible and has a lift to the first floor. The museum has toilets, including a dedicated disabled toilet. There is a shop selling a range of low priced gifts suitable for children to buy. The museum is set in grounds and there are walks around the grounds. Racks are provided for children’s coats and bags.

We offer the following activities. However, if you would like an activity that is not listed here we may still be able to offer an activity tailored to your needs. Please feel free to ring up for a chat with a member of staff.

School visits for planned activities to Carmarthenshire County Museum generally last 1½ hours. However, many groups like to combine their planned activity visits with a more general visit or sketching session. The museum’s Clore Exploring and Discovering Room is designed for use by families with children. Improvements to be made within the next will increase opportunities for self-directed activities within the Clore Exploring and Discovering Room. The museum also has 6 acres of parkland. School visitors are welcome to use the Bishop’s Chapel to eat packed lunches.

Please look at our list of loan boxes if you would like to follow up on your day’s activity at the museums.

Foundation

Toys and games

Children can see old dolls and toys and hear their stories and those of their owners. They can feel what old toys felt like and discuss how their play is different today. They can experience playing old games, such as hoop and hook, spellicans (pick up sticks), cat and dog.

Suitable for up to 40 children. The children have to be divided into groups with teachers and helpers and leaders to help with each game or toy to make the most of this activity. This session is suitable for all ages. Led by a member of museum staff.

Looking at Houses and Homes

Exploring and learning about the museum’s building including the Bishop’s Kitchen, Penrhiwbeili reconstructed cottage interior and furniture. Washing and ironing activities, using original artefacts. Led by a member of museum staff.

Food and Farming

Learning about how food was grown and made, looking at agricultural tools and a traditional kitchen. Butter making activity, using traditional tools and play dough.

KS2

Romans

Develop a knowledge and understanding of what life might have been like in Roman Carmarthenshire. Activities based on the museum’s extensive Roman collections. Children have an opportunity to dress up and for role-play. They also have an opportunity to handle original Roman material and to learn more about the past through questioning how things were made and their purpose. A slide show about the Romans and Carmarthenshire is also offered as well as some written trail/quiz material. Led by a member of museum staff.

This activity meets the needs of a wide range of ages.

Victorian/Edwardian schoolroom.

Teachers and pupils step back into a Victorian or Edwardian school room. Girls’ aprons and some boys’ costume can be used (but must be pre-booked). Children sit at old-fashioned desks, try writing on a slate with a slate pen, sing the tonic sol fah, try out a deportment board and wear the Welsh Not. It is an ideal opportunity for role-play. This session is usually self-directed, as it is most effective if led by the class teacher.

The classroom can accommodate up to 18 children. This activity is often combined with activities in Penrhiwbeili Farmhouse and Bishop’s Kitchen.

This activity meets the needs of a wide range of ages.

Houses and Homes

See what life was like in a small farmhouse in about 1900. The cottage is Penrhiwbeili, near Talog, children can experience and ask questions about life in the past.

Develop knowledge and understanding of what life was like in a home before electricity and modern appliances. Experience how people ironed or bathed ion front of the fire. Explore how such cottages were lit and where they cooked. Handling other artefacts for comparison and exploration is also available.

The cottage is very small, and so visits to it are usually combined with other activities, such as using the schoolroom or the Life in the Countryside Gallery and Butter Making.

Children can also develop knowledge and understanding of a life in a large house by exploring the museum building, which was once a place, by looking at the museum’s furniture, its chapel and by seeing the Bishop’s Kitchen, where there are laundry activities.

The cottage can accommodate up to 15 children but larger groups can be accommodated through dividing classes into groups. Led by one member of the museum staff.

Food and farming

Develop knowledge and understanding of life on the farm before the days of the tractor. Children explore gallery displays to see how food was produced. Hands-on activities experiencing how butter was made using original artefacts.

Led by a member of museum staff.

This activity can be combined with a visit to nearby Alltyfryddin modern farm.

World War II

See what life was like for a child in the war. Experience a visit to the museum’s wine cellar, used by evacuee children as an air raid shelter during the war. Children can experience what it was like to sit in the cellar until the all clear and to learn more about World War II in Carmarthenshire. Visit the museum’s 20th century gallery to see World War II exhibits and handle World War II artefacts and facsimiles and other activities

The cellar can accommodate up to 20 children and the 20th century Gallery will also accommodate up to 20 children. The cellar has a low ceiling and can be gloomy and cold. It is not suitable for children with dust allergies or asthma.

Led by a member of museum staff.

Art

The museum has a number of works of art within its displays ranging from 1640 until the 1960s. The museum also mounts art exhibitions from time to time. On show are landscapes and portraits. School are welcome to use the museum’s art works for museum sessions. If you would like to develop a particular art activity, please contact a member of the museum’s staff.

The Bishop’s Chapel

This is a private chapel that was used by the Bishop and his staff. It is used to start off and to finish schools sessions. It can seat up to 60 children. If you would like to develop a particular activity in the Chapel, please contact a member of the museum’s staff.

Using the museum for other activities

The museum reflects the story of the whole county of Carmarthenshire ranging from the making of the landscape until almost the present day.

Its wide range of exhibits therefore lend themselves to a great many cross-curricular and art activities. The museum has a changing exhibition programme.

Some information about our Carmarthenshire County Museum’s displays

Carmarthenshire County Museum has displays about life in Carmarthenshire throughout the ages.

The displays are arranged along a timeline:

Ground Floor

  • They begin with the making of the landscape, including fossils and mammoth bones and the earliest peoples 9stone, bronze and iron age artefacts.
  • in the next gallery Roman material from throughout Carmarthenshire, including Roman gold, jewellery, coins pottery and reconstructed kitchen
  • Carved stone monuments from about 550 AD to about 900AD
  • Artefacts from medieval Carmarthenshire including pottery, carvings, tiles and objects from the siege of Dryslwyn
  • Carmarthenshire in Tudor and Stuart times, including the Salesbury New Testament (1st translation of the Bible into Welsh), furniture and portraits from Civil War times
  • 18th and 19th century Carmarthenshire including portraits, costume, pottery, furniture, military costume and Cragen Beca
  • Who we are gallery: Welsh costume, furniture, Eisteddfod
  • Clog making in Carmarthenshire, clogs and tools
  • Coal industry in Carmarthenshire, artefacts from the mines, and a short DVD.
  • Farming in Carmarthenshire, tolls and crafts especially butter making
  • The Bishops Kitchen: the museum is in an old palace. This is the original kitchen with its huge dresser and ranges
  • The Bishop’s wine cellar used as an air raid shelter during World War II (open to schools by appointment)

Also on the Ground Floor are

  • Clore Discovering and Exploring Room: activities for families and children, a child-friendly space:
  • Carmarthenshire dressers with their original china and ornaments, paintings and other furniture
  • The Picton Monument Frieze, a large stone frieze showing the death of General Picton at the Battle of Waterloo 1815
  • The Old Oak, or Merlin’s Oak, part of this ancient tree

First Floor

  • Bishops Chapel: the palace’s original chapel.
  • A schoolroom, made up of furniture and artefacts from Carmarthenshire Schools
  • Penrhwibeili: a reconstructed cottage form Carmarthenshire with its original furniture (open to schools by appointment)
  • Carmarthenshire in the 20th century. Displays include World War I, World War II and the 1950s and 60s.
  • Temporary exhibition gallery with changing exhibitions
  • Displays on the 1st Floor landing include medical artefacts such as apothecary jars, Carmarthenshire Love spoons and traditions, Swansea and Llanelly Pottery, artefacts from Carmarthen Gaol and paintings.

Parc Howard Museum & Art Gallery - Llanelli

Parc Howard shows the history of Llanelli and its surrounding area. The Llanelli Story displays are arranged along a timeline and also thematically:

All activities are free. Booking is needed in advance, including self-directed activities.

Some of the spaces within the museum are small, so school groups often break up into smaller groups to rotate activities. In these circumstances, the museum offers a member of staff to lead one group only. The museum is fully accessible and has a lift to the first floor. The museum has toilets, including a dedicated disabled toilet. The museum is set in a large public park with walks, play area and a duck pond.

We offer the following activities. However, if you would like an activity that is not listed here we may still be able to offer an activity tailored to your needs. Please feel free to ring up for a chat with a member of staff.

Most visits last for 1½ hours.

School visits for planned activities to Parc Howard Museum & Art Gallery generally last 1½ hours. However, many groups like to combine their planned activity visits with a more general visit, sketching session or visit to the park.

Please look at our list of loan boxes if you would like to follow up on your day’s activity at the museums.

Foundation and KS2

Llanelly pottery and design

Discover more about Llanelly Pottery, its past and its designs. Learn about why and how the pottery was made through handling original artefacts. Make sketches of patterns and shapes for follow up classroom activity. Schools should sketch books and pencils with them.

Up to 50 children can be accommodated for this activity.

Led by a member of museum staff.

The Story of Llanelli

Develop knowledge and understanding of what life was like in Llanelli in the past and why the town developed. Visit the Llanelli Story galleries. Handle artefacts and role play with dressing up as tin workers (male and female). This can be combined with study of their own local area and with classroom mapping activities.

Led by a member of museum staff.

Art

The museum has a number of works of art on displays and has temporary exhibitions.

If you would like to develop a particular art activity, please contact a member of the museum’s staff.

Some information about our Parc Howard Museum & Art Gallery’s displays

Parc Howard Museum & Art Gallery has displays Llanelli’s past. The Llanelli Story galleries are arranged in a timeline and also thematically.

First Floor

  • Llanelli: its beginnings, models of an Iron Age village and the first castle and maps
  • The early development of Llanelli: model of Raby’s Furnace, pottery and paintings
  • Coal, copper, tinplate and the railways artefacts
  • Owners and workers, paintings, cockle plates and presentation silver and gold plate
  • Inventors: The Stepney Spare Wheel – Llanelli making the first spare wheel for cars
  • Local brewing and the anti alcohol temperance improvement
  • Sports and entertainment
  • The Eisteddfod and music
  • Llanelli Borough’s past: including policing and hospitals and government
  • Education, chapels and churches and war and Llanelli
  • Llanelli’s shops
  • Recent times< including Duport steel.
  • DVD presentation about the town’s development. This DVD does not have sound.

Ground Floor

  • Paintings from the collection: including paintings by Charles Mansel Lewis
  • The Llanelly Pottery Gallery

'Children Through Time' Visit with Medwyn the Mole Detective

We also offer a day long visit around the museum, called 'Children Through Time.' This visit is an opportunity to experience what life was like for children in the past. This includes a tour of 5 displays within the museum:-

  1. Victorian Schoolroom
  2. Penrhiwbeili Cottage
  3. Second World War
  4. Agricultural Life
  5. Bishop’s Kitchen

Then finishing with a detective box challenge based on these areas where the children have an opportunity to solve a detective challenge for Medwyn the Mole Detective. Each box contains worksheets, handling artefacts and dressing-up clothes.

Click on the links below to download Medwyns’ Detective Challenges:-

  1. Victorian Schoolgirl Challenge
  2. Victorian Penrhiwbeili Farmboy Challenge
  3. WW2 Evacuee Challenge
  4. 19th Century Milkmaid Challenge
  5. 1910 Bishop's Palace Kitchen Maid Challenge

Museum staff are available throughout the day to answer any questions.

It’s essential that you book beforehand for this visit.

Typical timetable for the day

10.00am Arrive at the Museum and leave coats and bags in the Bishop’s Chapel.

10.15am Welcome from the museum curators in the Chapel.

10.30am The children are divided into 2 groups. The teachers take a group each for a tour around the 5 targeted sites of the museum with explanatory notes, which will be provided on the day. (These will also have been sent via e-mail in advance for reference only.) One group starts upstairs while the other starts downstairs.

12.00pm Return for lunch in the Bishop’s Chapel. (Children to bring sandwiches and drinks)

12.30pm Children are divided into a maximum of 5 groups to take on the detective challenge which they will find in their detective challenge boxes. Boxes are given out – one to each group and the teachers briefly go through the instructions with the children. The groups take their boxes to their designated areas and start the detective challenge. They have 1 hour.

The worksheets for Medwyn's Detective Challenges can be downloaded from the list above OR can be purchased for £10 from the museum itself on the day. Prior notice must be given if they are to be purchased.

1.45pm Plenary Session. Children return to the Bishop’s Chapel area of the museum to give their presentations of everything that they’ve discovered.

2.30pm Home

Please Note

If you wish to take part in the all-day 'Children Through Time' visit (which includes the after lunch Detective Challenge) you will need 3 members of staff to help the children with the worksheets:-

Upstairs Detective Boxes

  • WW2 Gallery, Penrhiwbeili Farmhouse & Victorian School Room (2 members of staff)

Downstairs Detective Boxes

  • Bishop’s Kitchen & Agricultural Gallery (1 member of staff)

For a map showing the location of these galleries within the museum, please go to the ‘Planning your Visit’ section on this website for Carmarthenshire County Museum.

Your visit does not necessarily have to include the detective challenge in the afternoon. You can also opt for a morning or afternoon visit only of the museum, looking at the 5 displays with the notes provided. (Length of tour is approx 2 hours)

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