Expand your knowledge
Storrington and District Museum has many fascinating artefacts and photographs that relate to the past in Storrington and the surrounding area. These can give an insight into how people lived in this part of the world and the Museum can bring this insight into the past alive for the children in your school.
This insight can be offered in several ways:
There is a lot to see in the Museum. To help and encourage children to search, find and observe, there is a quiz sheet available, which asks questions about some of the artefacts on display. There are also some simple suggestions for follow-up activities.
As space is limited, we are restricted to ten in the Museum at once, with an adult. If you would like the whole class to come to the Museum, the class could be divided in three: one group into the Museum; one group in St Mary’s Church; one group looking at the architecture of the old buildings in Church Street, including the former St Joseph’s Convent and the old carved door at the bottom of Browns Lane. The groups would rotate.
LOAN OF ARTEFACTS
There are several artefacts that can be loaned to schools:
A Second World War evacuee’s suitcase with ration book etc.,
Victorian washday items, Farming tools.
These items can be borrowed for an agreed length of time and there are certain guidelines concerning the handling and care of these artefacts. These guidelines would be discussed and agreed before the loan.
VISITS TO SCHOOLS
It can be arranged for an Education Officer to visit your school to talk about the Museum, how it collects and conserves its artefacts and to bring in some examples of its collection.
For example, Meg Everitt, a retired teacher, has taken on the role of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I. She has a wide knowledge of the life of Queen Elizabeth and of Tudor Times. Meg visited the school, dressed as Queen Elizabeth with her ladies-in-waiting, to give an audience at which children ask ad hoc questions for up to one hour, age range 5 to 14 years. The ideal number of children is about 25 to 30, although a less intimate session with more of a performance and fewer questions is possible with up to 60.
Eunice Allen is the Museum’s Education Secretary. Eunice organises school visits to the museum, she also leads historic walks around the village for groups or individuals.
Eunice visits many of the local care homes with her reminiscence boxes containing artefacts which help in memory jogging.
If you would like to visit the museum or organise a visit please contact us.