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Home educators

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National Museums Liverpool welcomes home educators and we are piloting a series of sessions which are aimed at supporting the needs of home educating families and groups.

These sessions are all free but they do need to be booked in advance to make sure that we can accommodate your group.

To reserve a place on any of the dates listed below please complete a booking form.

Let's be archaeologists

  • Museum of Liverpool 
  • Tuesday 17 April, 10.15am and 1.15pm 
  • 60 minute sessions, suitable for ages 5 and over
  • Maximum 30 participants (including adults)  

Become an archaeologist and get hands-on with objects from the past. Explore the Museum of Liverpool’s timeline to learn how archaeologists work before having a go yourself in our simulated dig boxes. Uncover the clues and puzzle out how people lived in Merseyside in the past!

A gallery tour is included in this session so children must be comfortable to walk around the museum in a led group.

Handling objects will be accessible to the children so please supervise those who may need extra support.

Children need to follow instructions to get the best from this session.

Younger children

Toys are available for younger siblings.  Tiny Liverpool sessions, suitable for age 0-3 years, are also available throughout the morning in the Little Liverpool gallery.

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A variety of trails and resources can be downloaded from our resources page.

Animals in danger

  • Seized! gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Tuesday 15 May, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm 
  • 60 minute sessions, suitable for ages 6 and over 

Using our collection of unusual animal objects seized at the airports and docks we explore the animal kingdom, looking at endangered animals and the impact humans are having on these creatures.

There will also be a craft element to this session.

Handling objects will be accessible to the children so please supervise those who may need extra support.

Children need to follow instructions to get the best from this session. 

Self led trails are also available.

Younger children

There will be toys and dressing up for younger siblings. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pirates ahoy 

  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Monday 4 June, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm 
  • 60 minute sessions, suitable for ages 5 and over 
  • Maximum 30 participants (including adults) 

An interactive session led by our pirate captain. Discover what life was really like for pirates in the 17th century.

Adults accompanying young children will need to supervise those who need extra support.

Ancient China and the First Emporer

  • World Museum
  • Monday 2 July, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm 
  • 45 minute sessions, suitable for ages 7-11 
  • Maximum 30 participants (including adults) 

Come along to learn who the First Emperor was and why he created his famous Terracotta Army. In this workshop we will explore some of the innovations that the First Emperor introduced to China to unify the country.

Pupils will be able to handle replica artefacts such as ancient coins, seals, calligraphy engravings and have a go at making their own Chinese lanterns to take home.

This workshop does not include access to the China's First Emporer and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, please book exhibition tickets separately if you would also like to visit that.

Rummage and gallery tour of Seized

  • Seized gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Thursday 6 September, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm 
  • 60 minute sessions, suitable for ages 8 and over 
  • Maximum 17 participants (including adults)  

The Seized gallery deals with themes of smuggling, trafficking and the work of the Border Force. Get a taste of the training for Border Force officers in the hands-on rummage activity - come and search our ship to see if you can spot any signs of smuggling.

Children need to follow instructions to get the best from this session. 

This area of the gallery has a number of exhibits which can be upsetting so it may not be suitable for younger children.

Self led trails are also available.

Travel, trade and transport - life of a seafarer 

  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Monday 10 September, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm 
  • 60 minute sessions, suitable for ages 5 and over 
  • Maximum 30 participants (including adults) 

This hands-on workshop is perfect for anyone interested in local history and wishing to find out more about seafaring and its importance to Liverpool, both past and present.

Adults accompanying young children will need to supervise those who need extra support.

Also available

If you don't want to book a session you can also use these resources when you visit.