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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.

Pirates ahoy 

  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Monday 4 June, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm -  these sessions are fully booked
  • 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.

Fantastic fans

  • Walker Art Gallery
  • Tuesday 12 June, 1.30pm 
  • 90 minute session, suitable for ages 3 and over
  • Maximum 25 participants (including adults) 

Be inspired by the Walker’s incredible decorative arts collection and create your very own fan to take home with you. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For children under 3 Big Art for Little Artists, the Walker’s dedicated children’s gallery will also be open. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Self-led trails are also available.

Life in a rock pool

  • World Museum
  • Wednesday 13 June, 10.15am and 11.30am 
  • 45 minute sessions, suitable for ages 12 and over
  • Maximum 30 participants (including adults) 

In this session you will meet animals from local rock pool habitats. We will focus on their adaptations and physiology. You will also have the opportunity to touch some live rock pool animals.

Ancient China and the First Emporer

  • World Museum
  • Monday 2 July, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm - these sessions are fully booked
  • 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.

History of a city

  • Museum of Liverpool 
  • Tuesday 9 October, 10.15am only (the 11.30am session is now fully booked)
  • 60 minute sessions, suitable for ages 5 and over
  • Maximum 30 participants (including adults)  

Discover the history of Liverpool from the time of the first Stone Age settlers to the present day, with interactive games and handling objects. Explore the reasons why Liverpool became so wealthy and some of the characters that made it possible.

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

Liverpool: a home from home

  • Museum of Liverpool 
  • Thursday 11 October, 1.15pm 
  • 60 minute sessions, suitable for ages 12 and over
  • Maximum 30 participants (including adults)  

This session explores the stories of people who have made Liverpool their home, their reasons for emigrating and how different cultures have helped shape and make this city.

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

Also available

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