Archive adventures: The secret life of pirates

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Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 2
School subject: 
History, Literacy
National Maritime Museum
Session times: 
Wednesdays at 10.15, 11.15, 12.30 and 13.00
Session price: 
£30 (maximum 15 students)

Be afraid! You are in the company of the fearless pirate Alice Leghorn, known to her friends and enemies as ‘The Wolf’. Arrrrgh!

But Alice is also rather good at knitting.

Digging through real letters and diaries, children discover that pirates had neat handwriting and collected flowers. Comparing ideas about pirates with real documents, we discover that history can be full of surprises.

PDF iconKey Stage 2 Session outline: Archive adventures - Pirates

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance.

To book a visit telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

National Maritime Museum schools booking information

Complete an exciting day of activities by choosing up to two of the following free options when you make your booking:

Great Map

Children’s Gallery

Museum Trail

Complete your day with a world trip on the Great Map.

Fire a cannon at pesky pirates in our All Hands children's gallery

Provided free with a pre-booked session. Please download and print if making an independent self-led visit with your class.

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Francis Drake: Pirate, Explorer or Privateer? KS2 Historical enquiry