Past Forward Learning

With the arrival of the new Salisbury and Natural History galleries mid 2024 will come a new learning offer for all age groups from EYFS to KS5, including SEND, with a particular focus on local history, stories and landscape. There will be a range of on and off-site sessions, mini projects, enrichment opportunities and bespoke possibilities. Our Salisbury community is at the heart of everything we are doing during the redevelopment and we have started an exciting programme of outreach school and community work with young people.

Pilot School Programme. Building in-depth relationships and nurturing co-production.

In 2022 we started working with specific schools on developing the new learning offer. We really wanted to know what teachers and children thought about museum learning, local history and supporting their learning going forward. Our Project Learning Officer worked closely with teachers and students to develop new ideas and models of working, from innovative secondary age art and enrichment courses, to in depth primary school local history studies and creative and collaborative EYFS projects. It has been amazing to have our learning community feeding ideas in and to be able to offer young people ownership in the new offer as it develops.

Watch this space! Sample of sessions and projects:

The following are a small sample of our new offer and are available to book as outreach taster sessions and projects. Details of our new onsite offer, including Natural History, to follow soon!

EYFS: Create your book inspired by the objects that live in the museum. This mini-project includes a visit to the museum if practical for you, outreach story and illustration creating sessions, leading to the production of your very own booklet to take home and share with friends and family.

KS1: Lost and Found – the Secret of Salisbury’s lost waterways. This session explores how Salisbury used to look very different with water running down the streets, and how the museum’s founding collection was all the objects discovered when they were filled in. Children get a chance to handle real objects and then to create and curate their own collection of what people in the future might find. What would fall out of your pockets today?

KS2: The Time-travelling Giant. Meet Christopher, the iconic Salisbury giant and let him be your guide through what he has witnessed over 500 years of the city’s history. The perfect inspiration for any enquiry led local history project.

KS3+: bespoke cross curricular and enrichment projects, weekly or on a more one-off basis, including: research based creative practice looking at artists inspired by local history and museums, how we curate our lives today and create exhibitions, local inspired art history, creative writing, support in independent studies and lots more.

Call out to all local schools – The Salisbury Giant needs new friends!

Did you know that in other countries pageant giants like our Christopher, often have giant families and friends? We’re a bit worried that our Giant is lonely, so in the build up to the new galleries opening and the revealing of the Giant’s new home, we would like to work with you to create your own class Giant friend, to represent you, become part of your school, and then to bring to meet Christopher at a special celebration event at the museum!

For further information, to sign up for the Giant friend project, or to discuss ideas and your students’ needs please contact



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