Workshops

About the workshops

We use a special handling collection with real historical items; these unique resources support the national curriculum and cross-curricular studies.

Workshops are delivered at Brent Museum or at your school. Each workshop is delivered by an experienced museum educator, with the support of teachers and school staff. Children develop historical enquiry, speaking, listening and thinking skills.

  • Cost of Workshops at Brent Museum: £60 per class of up to 35 children for Brent schools. £120 for non-Brent schools.
  • Cost of Workshops at Brent schools: £80 for first class of up to 35 children and £60 for each subsequent workshop. There is an additional charge of £5 per class to cover materials for the Egyptian mummification workshop.

Making a booking

To book sessions email museum.archives@brent.gov.uk to discuss your requirements. Sessions can be run morning, afternoon or whole-day.

We can accommodate up to two classes of 35 children at the museum at a time. One class takes part in a workshop and the other visits other spaces in the building and then they swap over. Please talk to the Learning Officer if you would like to use the Education Room for lunches.

List of workshops

Play with maps

Audience: EYFS
Ideal for: introduction to history and local area studies, literacy
Duration: 45 minutes

Children learn how the area of Brent has changed over time, such as how Wembley and Willesden joined together to become Brent, using rhymes and play in this interactive and fun workshop.

Toys and games from Brent's past

Audience: EYFS and KS1
Ideal for: history, science, literacy
Duration: 45 -60 minutes

Queenie, our Victorian doll made from porcelain and real human hair, helps children to think about different types of objects used for play and the materials used to make them. During the workshop children also handle and play with a wide range of replica toys from the past. They explore more fragile items with the workshop leader discovering what life was like for children in the past and the toys they played with.

Homes from Brent’s past

Audience: KS1
Ideal for: history, science, literacy
Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

Children handle and explore fascinating household objects. This session highlights the impact of electricity and plastic on the design and convenience of household gadgets. Pupils think about different forms of homes and make connections between materials and their properties.

Local area study workshops

Audience: KS1 and KS2
Ideal for: local area studies, history, literacy
Duration: 60 minutes

There are four different local area study workshops: one for each of Wembley and Willesden at KS1 and one for each of Wembley and Willesden at KS2. The difference between the workshops at the two different key stages is that during the KS2 workshops children use additional sources of evidence such as street directories and electoral registers to explore how the area has changed. These are fun, story-based, hands-on and highly visual workshops. We start with images of the streets immediately around your school so that the children enthusiastically name places they know, simple geographical features, different forms of transport and buildings. We use an image of a road near their school in the past to the corresponding modern image to compare then and now. Carousel activities then include: dressing up in replica clothes from the past and comparing then and now using images and maps of the local area and to see how their local area has changed over the last 150 years.

Roman Soldier Workshop

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, Romans, literacy, local area studies
Duration: 60 minutes

Explore the diversity of the Roman army and life as a Roman soldier marching up Watling Street (now the Edgware Road) using maps of the local area. Children learn about everyday life in Roman times and handle artefacts found in the local area.

Anglo-Saxon Settlement Workshop

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, Saxons, literacy, local area studies
Duration: 60 minutes

Children solve the Anglo-Saxon place name puzzle by learning how to read place names on Brent maps to see where Saxon people settled. Children dress in replica clothes and also handle replica domestic objects from the period.

Ancient Egyptian mummification workshop

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, Ancient Egypt, literacy, art and design
Duration: 60 minutes

Discover how Ancient Egyptian artefacts came to be in Brent Museum, learn about mummification methods and make an Egyptian amulet to take home.

Events from Wembley’s past

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: History, local area studies
Duration: 60 minutes

Children handle and investigate a wide range of artefacts, costume, photographs, maps and newspaper articles to explore Wembley’s varied past, for example why 27 million people came to the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley in 1924/25, Watkin’s Folly and how the High Street has changed over the last 150 years.

Brent’s Somali community

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, Black History Month, communities
Duration: 60 minutes

Children handle and investigate a wide range of materials including personal testimonies from Brent’s Somali community, objects from the nomadic Somali people, traditional Somali dress, photos and maps.

Victorian Brent

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, literacy
Duration: 60 minutes

This engaging session explores the lives of students, servants, the rich and the poor in Victorian Brent. Our handling collection illuminates the severe rules in Victorian schools and explores the daily toil for servants. Our replica costumes, based on photographs in our collection, bring the era to life for your students as they dress in Victorian fashions.

Brent in the First World War

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, literacy
Duration: 60 minutes

Children explore the impact of World War I on the people of Brent through handling and investigating a wide range of materials including photos, artefacts, maps, local stories and costume, developing transferrable historical enquiry skills.

Brent in the Second World War

Audience: KS2
Ideal for: history, literacy
Duration: 60 minutes

Children explore the impact of World War II on the people of Brent by handling and investigating a wide range of materials including photos, newspaper extracts, personal testimonies, original artefacts such as gas masks, ration books and tinned eggs, developing transferrable historical enquiry skills.