Can't make it to Greenwich? Let us bring our collections and sessions to you virtually
Facilitated by museum experts, our interactive digital workshops focus on examining, questioning and discussing items from our collections specifically related to your curriculum topic.
All sessions conclude with a Q&A and we provide follow-up activities to consolidate and extend learning.
How to book
These workshops are all run by the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, the Queen's House and the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre. For information about the Royal Observatory astronomy team's learning programmes, click here.
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Curriculum links: History - The lives of significant individuals in the past; compare aspects of life in different periods
Session times: Flexible
Capacity: 30 pupils per session
Meet a museum expert in this digital session and use objects and artefacts to compare voyages of exploration from different periods through the common themes of clothing, equipment and navigation. Learn about significant explorers from Tudor sailors to astronauts, and use real museum objects to ask and answer questions about the past. This session concludes with a Q&A segment so have your exploration questions ready! We will provide follow-up explorer activities to extend the learning.
Curriculum links: Literacy, Geography, History
Session times: Flexible
Ahoy me hearties! Jump aboard the pirate ship as we set sail on a swashbuckling digital adventure. Meet pirate Alice Leghorn and learn everything you need to know to be a proper pirate including songs and actions. Use your detective skills to investigate mystery pirate objects onscreen and ask Alice all those burning pirate questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
For the full pirate experience, we encourage all pirates to dress in appropriate swashbuckling attire in their classroom.
Curriculum links: History - Vikings
Follow Vikings on journeys around the world and investigate museum objects, images and sagas to learn about their lives and incredible seafaring. Facilitated by an expert member of our team, the session will develop historical enquiry skills using objects to ask and answer questions about Viking seafaring, exploration and trade. This digital session concludes with a Q&A segment so have your Viking questions ready! We will also provide follow-up activities to support further learning.
Curriculum links: History - a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066; English – conventions of different types of writing
Discover some of the treasures of the Museum’s archive relating to polar exploration including objects, diaries and letters, and use detective skills to unpick who has created them and why. What can these sources tell us about the past? What don’t they tell us? Follow the stories of explorers such as Ernest Shackleton and Olaudah Equiano in this digital interactive session and uncover how Inuit knowledge was essential for explorers to survive in extreme polar regions. There will be time towards the end of the session for questions and we will provide follow-up activities to support further learning.
Curriculum links: Geography- Locational knowledge, Place knowledge and development of geographical skills through use of maps charts globes and GPS.
Discover your world from the comfort of your own chair! This interactive online session brings one of the most unique and vast collections of globes and maps directly to you. There is no better way to learn about the world as we identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle and the Greenwich Meridian through our rich collection of geographical items dating back to the 13th Century.