Toys 1 hour, onsite, KS1
Come and see all sorts of toys, old and new, from Vicotrian china dolls and old teddy bears to toys that children would have made and played with in the street. Make your own cup and ball to take home with you.
The Royal Pavilion
General Tour 1 hour, onsite, KS3+
Find out more about the history of this fantastic building and why it was so important to the development of the town.
General Tour for Schools 1 hour, onsite, KS1&2
Uncover the Royal Pavilion’s intriguing history and learn about the former Royal residents. Imagine yourself as visiting dinner guests attending a King’s feast.
The Royal Pavilion and India 1 hour, onsite, KS2&3
What links India and a lavish Brighton seaside retreat for a King? This tour takes you on a journey around the Royal Pavilion's architecture to find the answers. Learn about the Indian buildings that inspired its unique structure, and its use as a hospital for Indian soldiers during World War I.
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Sessions last between 1.5 and 3 hours, subject to school request. Bespoke sessions and outreach sessions available. Sessions can be enhanced by one of our puppet shows (30 minutes).
Dolls and Bears – Timeline and Materials EYFS
Investigate the characteristics of old and new toys, including their materials.
Toys, Puppets and Mechanics EYFS, KS1&2
This fascinating learning session presents Key Stage 1 and 2 children with an investigation into the characteristics of old and new toys, including their materials. Students also look at how toys move, focusing on the different mechanics and forces which power them.
The Victorians KS2
How artefacts in the toy museum represent Victorian life, focusing as requested on the changing role of transport, the growing importance of the seaside as a holiday location, and the issues of toys and play.
What was it like to be a child in World War II? KS2
Drawing on both artefacts and oral history, investigate how toys and play reflect and represent the impact of war on the lives of children.
Life in Britain since the 1930s KS2
Key Stage 1 and 2 students investigate the nature of play and toys from the 1930s to the present day by drawing on both artefacts and oral history. Sessions can be tailored for individual groups, and entertaining puppet shows can be arranged to further enhance the learning experience.
Volk’s Electric Railway
Full trip on railway, followed by talk and guided tour 1.5 hours, all KS
Tours include engineering workshops and sheds dating from 1900. Talks include the seafront, technology, history, the environment, solar power.
Brighton Beach Punch & Judy
Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside (outreach: KS1, KS2)
Who’s over 350 years old and can visit your school? None other than Mr. Punch. With all that history at his wooden fingertips he can help you bring it to life in your classroom. A visit from a real Punch & Judy ‘Professor’ for a 1.5 hr session tailored to your learning topic includes a performance, a handling collection of puppets, a small display, plenty of Q&A and guaranteed enjoyment.