RUSH is a full day of structured activities at the Merseyside Maritime Museum for year 8 pupils. They can learn about the effects and consequences of drug use and misuse through critical thinking, discussion and hands-on interactive learning. It is led by trained and experienced members of the Seized! education team.

RUSH is available to book in January each year - please contact our bookings team for future dates.

x-ray showing concealed package of drugs inside a doll

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 3
  • Subjects: Personal, social, health and economic education, Science
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: Full day, 9.30am-2pm minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 120
  • Venue: Seized! gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Free
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Workshop details

Pupils experience a powerful, professionally produced 50 minute theatre piece about the life of a fifteen year old girl, her boyfriend and mum, and the choices she makes about drug use and experimentation. This is followed by a discussion exploring the characters; what they are thinking, why they make their choices and possible alternative choices, covering the topics of addiction, drug misuse, relationships and family.

This discussion provides a strong introduction to the subject of drug use (including medicines, alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances and illegal drugs) and is followed by a series of short workshops using our handling objects. For instance, our simulated drugs box allows pupils to learn what drugs looks like and what the effects and consequences of taking them are. The booze goggle challenge is a fun activity with a serious point relating to alcohol use.

An exploration of our gallery focuses learning on the wider implications of drug use, for society and the individual. During the day pupils are encouraged to question some firmly held beliefs.  What is the most addictive and harmful substance, for instance. Our staff help pupils offer their own opinions and listen to others, enabling them to make informed choices in the future.

Our unique relationship with the UK Border Force and training programme ensure our staff up to date with the latest seizures, discoveries and thinking in drugs education.