Customs Contraband is an interactive session where pupils are allowed to investigate objects that have been seized by the UK Border Force at airports and docks around the UK. The pupils are introduced to the concepts of import and export and the lengths some people and organisations will go to in order to smuggle in prohibited items. Available Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm.
The pupils are introduced to the concepts of import and export and the lengths some people and organisations will go to in order to smuggle in prohibited items. We also look at modern day slavery which is common in the production of fake goods. Pupils will hear the stories behind the smuggling of contraband and the illegal poaching of endangered species, and are encouraged to question, discuss and explore the ethical issues raised by such activities.
We have examples of concealments, drugs paraphernalia, fakes and endangered species. Young people seem particularly interested in the animal collection, including ivory tusks, stuffed crocodiles and snakeskin shoes.
The museum staff who deliver the session have been trained directly by the UK Border Force about detection work. We have worked with the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) experts at Heathrow and the sniffer dog team at Manchester. We have had access to restricted areas where all seized goods are initially stored, we obtain the objects in the handling collection directly from UK Border Force.
Our unique relationship with the UK Border Force means that we are always up to date with the latest seizures, discoveries and smuggling trends.
Pupils should be taught to:
Pupils should be taught:
Customs Contraband links to PSHE for all key stages with its focus on drug smuggling, making healthy choices, keeping safe, being a responsible citizen and providing an opportunity for informed debate. Following the changes to the curriculum the teaching of PSHE is still encouraged but with no statutory guidelines.