Workshops

Sudbury 1950s-1980s (from Nov 19)

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

A range of domestic objects, toys, photographs and interviews form the basis for this workshop , where children compare changes in the area of Sudbury over the these decades and with their own lives now. This workshop can be booked by schools from other areas but particularly refers to locations in the Sudbury/Wembley area.

Black History Poetry Writing

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

A short introduction to Black History in Britain is followed by exploration of images of Brent residents from 1890s to the present day. Children work in groups to thought shower their ideas and then write poetry from the point of view of one the people in the pictures they have seen. They share their finished poems with the rest of the class.

Victorians in Brent With Black History Element

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

Using artefacts, photos and replica clothing students explore Victorian life in Brent. This workshop includes a short section where we outline how we use a range of materials: baptismal and burial records, photos etc. to learn about black presence in Brent and NW London.

Windrush Generation Workshop

Audience: KS1 and KS2
Ideal for: history, literacy, Black History Month
Duration: 60 minutes

To celebrate 70 years since HMT Empire Windrush arrived in Essex, Brent Culture Service worked with elders from the Windrush Generation who settled in Brent to learn about their experiences and to find out which objects were popular in their homes in the 50s and 60s. This workshop is hands on and uses music, objects and photos to help children empathise with members of the Caribbean community who came to Britain as part of the Windrush Generation. Children handle popular domestic objects such as 7" records, a framed 60s wedding photograph and glass ornaments from the Front Room. They try on a full petticoat and study clothes and make comparisons. They learn how to play dominoes which was a popular leisure activity amongst members of the Caribbean community. Issues of racism are explored. Photographs of a reconstructed West Indian Front Room, portraits of elders from the Windrush Generation in Brent and two specially commissioned poems by Malika Booker complete the workshop.

Toys 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 Brent Workshop

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

Children use their detective skills to look for evidence of Roman occupation in Brent and discover clues from their local area. They handle a range of artefacts and sources such as Samian Ware, amphora handles, a mortarium and a map showing the Roman road which passes through Brent itself. They also love trying on a replica Roman soldier's helmet.

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 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.