Trowbridge Museum

Trowbridge Museum
The Shires
Court Street
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8AT
England

Website

www.trowbridgemuseum.co.uk

E-mail

Curator/manager

clare.lyall@trowbridge.gov.uk

Education Officer

david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk

Assistant Curator

katherine.white@trowbridge.gov.uk

Exhibitions & Arts Officer

sarah.kenyon@trowbridge.gov.uk

Education Assistant

nikki.ritson@trowbridge.gov.uk

Telephone

01225 751 339

Fax

01225 754 608

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Sorting finds in our archaeology box in the Castle display
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The Museum is housed in a former woollen mill within the Shires shopping centre. Displays tell the history of the woollen industry, Trowbridge town and its people. Working looms are demonstrated on Saturdays and cloth is still produced on site. There are plenty of hands-on interactives and a mouse hunt. There are also regular temporary exhibitions and children's and family holiday activities

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Gallery, Archaeological site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Tues-Fri 1000-1600
Sat 1000-1630

Admission charges

Free admission
Some children'a activities are charged for

Getting there

Walking: Follow signs to the Shires Shopping Centre, and
A: from ASDA entrance - follows sign to museum, go straight past Boswell's Cafe and continue down towards the Fore Street entrance - museum is on about 50m on left
B: from Castle St entrance - turn first right down to Boswell's Cafe, turn right and continue for 50m - museum on left
C: from Fore St entrance - walk 50m and museum is directly ahead of you (to the left of Specsavers)

From Railway Station - cross Stallard Street into Bythesea Road, cross right at the crossing, and walk to the Shires through the ASDA carpark.

Buses generally drop-off outside Castle Place, adjacent to the Castle Place entrance of The Shires.

Half hourly trains from Bath and no. 265 bus. No. 49 from Devizes/Swindon. Buses from Melksham and Chippenham

Additional info

The Museum has a local history resources website for teachers

Collections comprise of working woollen textile machines, social history, costume and textiles, topographical prints, items relating to Sir Isaac Pitman and archaeology.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Sport, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Industry, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Sir Isaac Pitman
  • George Crabbe
  • Spinning Jenny
  • Working looms
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Houses and Homes (KS1)

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS1-HousesHomes-Standard-4acts.pdf

Find out about domestic life in four different homes from the past - Norman Castle, Tudor timber-framed cottage, Victorian Weaver's Cottage and 1930's semi-detached house. This workshop includes lots of dressing up, and plenty of original and objects to handle and explore, and makes considerable use of of museum displays. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours. We also offer a workshop that focuses on life in a Norman castle.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Changes In Trowbridge - Cultural Diversity (KS2)

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS2-Changes-Cult-Div-4acts.pdf

Examines how Trowbridge has changed culturally since Second World War and looks at the different cultural groups have made their homes in the town and why. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

Publisher

  • David Birks

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Changes In Trowbridge (KS2)

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS2-Changes-Standard-4acts.pdf

Using historic and modern photographs of Trowbridge, maps and museum exhibits children will investigate how Trowbridge has evolved since Victorian times. This workshop can be adapted to suit a specific subject or period if required, and we can adapt it to suit KS1.

Please contact us for more details

Creator

  • The Education Officer, David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Christmas Exhibition/Victorian Christmas (KS1)

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS1-Christmas-Standard-4acts.pdf

This workshop takes our annual Christmas exhibition as a starting point and looks at old-fashioned toys and games. It includes a mystery Christmas stocking activity, Christmas traditions, and a Christmas craft activity. The workshop can be adapted so that it has a Victorian focus, and there is an option to visit our traditional Dickensian Father Christmas and recieve a traditional gift.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Please note that there is an additional charge if you choose to visit Father Chriostmas and receive a gift - this applies to all schools. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Life in Grandparents Day

http://www.trowbridgemuseum.co.uk

This workshop examines what life was like in the 1950's and 1960's and looks at a variety themes including domestic objects, toys and games, shopping and school life. It includes lots of objects handling, dressing up and writing with dipping pens. This workshop is also available focussing on the 1930's. Available for KS1 and KS2. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

Publisher

  • David Birks

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Roman Life

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Roman-Life-Standard-4acts.pdf

In this activity we find out about Roman life. The workshop includes a look at using archaeological evidence, Roman writing using wax tablets, Roman dress and personal care and Roman shopping. Students can try on a toga and have a go at excavating recording archaeological finds. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Toys and Games (KS1)

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/TG-Standard-4acts.pdf

Find out about games from the past including victorian times. In this workshop students use a variety of learning skills as they complete the four activities inclouding mystery toys, Victorian nursery, playing old-fashioned games and making a Victorian party mask. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours. Toys and Games activities can be adapted to suit a Victorian theme.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Musueum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Trowbridge Local History Website and Educational Resource

http://www.trowbridgehistory.co.uk

A wonderful new resource for primary schools, the local history website provides an exciting view into Trowbridge's past. Themed around the museum's educational sessions the website uses photographs of museum objects as well images from the the museum's collections,video clips and audio clips. The resource bank will be updated in response to teachers requests making the site flexible and adaptable.

Creator

  • Created by Laurel Miller in conjunction with local firm Bosonmedia.

Tudor Life (KS2)

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS2-Tudor-Standard-4acts.pdf

Find out about life in Tudor England. In this very practical workshop you'll find out about Tudor medicine's use of herbs and spices, make butter using a birch whisks, findout about Tudor writing and have a go with quill pens and learn Roman numerals in our Tudor arithmetic activity. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours. This workshop can easily be adapted to suit two classes.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Victorian Life (KS1)

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Vic-Life-Standard-4acts.pdf

This workshop focuses on life in Victorian England, making use of our Victorian Weavers Cottage display and our extensive handling collection. Children learn about Victorian clothing through dressing up, handle a variety of domestic objects, play Victorian games and make a Victorian spinning toy. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Victorian Mill

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS1-Vic-Mill-Standard-4acts1.pdf

In this workshop the students find out what life was like in a Victorian woollen mill. They complete four activities including processing wool and weaving on a handloom, reading a story about children working in mills, Victorian money and wages and rules and regulations in a mill. The workshop includes oportunities to examine Victorian machinery and handle a range of unusual objects. Available for KS1 and KS2. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours. Can be adapted to suit two classes.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Victorian School

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS2-Vic-School-Standard-4acts.pdf

Our Victorian school activity involves lots of practical activities, including reading and writing using slates, elocution and exercises, learning by rote, learning how to sew a sampler, and learning times tables. Available for KS1 and KS2 - link shows KS2 outline. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours. Can be adapted to suit two classes

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.


We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Weaving with Wool

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/KS2-Textiles-Standard-4acts.pdf

School workshop that examines the processing of sheep's fleece into woollen cloth. Student will learn about the different processes involved, practise designing patterns, learn how to weave using card looms and a full size handloom and find out about woollen machinery.

Available for KS1 and KS2. KS1 can be adapted to include a simple story that the group recite. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours. Can be adapted to suit two classes.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

World War 2 at Home

http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/WW2-Standard+QA-4acts.pdf

Find out about life on the Home Front in WW2. Activities include air raid and gasmasks challenge, clothes rationing, WW2 characters and Q&A with someone who lived through the war. Standard 4 activity workshop: suitable for 1 class; duration - 2 hours. This workshop can be adapted to include other activities such as billeting, toys and games and food rationing, or a suitable craft activity.

Creator

  • David Birks
  • Trowbridge Museum

How to obtain

Contact the education service on 01225 751339 or email david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk. Pdf's of standard workshop outlines can be downloaded from the website link below. Booking forms and evaluation forms can also be downloaded from the website and the calendar shows which days are available. In order to keep costs down please provide an email address to which we can send information packs. Teachers are very welcome to visit beforehand and talk to the education officer.

Our standard cost to schools outside Trowbridge Town is £3.00 + VAT per student, whilst museum-based workshops are free to schools within Trowbridge Town. Charges apply to all schools when our standard museum-based workshops are run as outreach sessions. Special projects involving outreach sessions are free to Trowbridge Town schools, but charges for materials and equipment may apply. We do not charge for teachers, TAs and helpers. All invoicing is done through Trowbridge Town Council.

As a general rule museum-based workshops are led by the education officer with help from a volunteer. The school is expected to lead some activities – we can supply details of these activities in advance.

We supply a full teacher’s pack which includes workshop outlines, workshop plan, risk assessment sheets, location and parking map and dressing up guides if required.

Getting there

Walking: Follow signs to the Shires Shopping Centre, and
A: from ASDA entrance - follows sign to museum, go straight past Boswell's Cafe and continue down towards the Fore Street entrance - museum is on about 50m on left
B: from Castle St entrance - turn first right down to Boswell's Cafe, turn right and continue for 50m - museum on left
C: from Fore St entrance - walk 50m and museum is directly ahead of you (to the left of Specsavers)

From Railway Station - cross Stallard Street into Bythesea Road, cross right at the crossing, and walk to the Shires through the ASDA carpark.

Buses generally drop-off outside Castle Place, adjacent to the Castle Place entrance of The Shires.

Half hourly trains from Bath and no. 265 bus. No. 49 from Devizes/Swindon. Buses from Melksham and Chippenham

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