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What will students see and do?

The Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life is based inside a Tudor merchant house built in the early 1500s. Along with a variety of exhibits, artwork, and demonstrations, the museum also includes:

– A history of the 500-year-old house
– Exhibitions of Maharajah Duleep Singh and Thomas Paine
– Tudor Hall – A representation of the house owner’s wealth
– A collection of local artefacts, stone coffins, and taxidermy
– The 1901 Victorian kitchen

Children will experience multimedia presentations, interactions with costumed actors and interactive learning opportunities.

Children of all ages will be in awe as they handle historical artefacts, and they’ll also get their hands dirty as they investigate recreations of burial sites and archaeological dig sites.

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life provides some incredible arts and crafts opportunities (perfect for art students), which include showing pupils how to make Viking pots or Obsidian pendants. Learning about creative traditions and methods will inspire children to learn more about our country’s history.

Ancient House Museum covers the local history of Thetford and Norfolk, but also the larger area of East Anglia as well. Many exhibits and presentations discuss the history of Britain and the role it played in larger world events.



Teaching resources provided

Ancient House Museum makes every effort to accommodate the learning objectives of any school trip. Staff will tailor the experience as much as possible to benefit the learning of your children.

While at the museum, children will gain hands-on experience with a range of equipment, tools, artefacts, and more. All exhibits are accompanied by information in an easy-to-read style, which helps those who learn better from reading than listening.

Other helpful resources will also be provided, including audio guides.


Minimum and maximum group size

The maximum number of students that can attend the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life is 30.


Details of risk assessment

Ancient House Museum can provide you with a PDF risk assessment document. Staff will present safety information to children, supervisors and teachers during their arrival at the museum.

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Facilities On-Site

The museum offers a range of facilities, including toilets, a museum shop, a garden, and access to a nearby park which is only ten minutes away.

There is an indoor lunch area, as well as plenty of nearby shops, cafes and restaurants.


Opening Times

The museum is open from Tuesday-Saturday, between 10am and 4.30pm.

All tickets must be pre-booked online, with a specific timeslot chosen during booking. You must book tickets at least one day in advance.

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Pricing

Free school trips here are available if the session is teacher-led and lasts half a day.

Other educational experiences are generally priced at £3 per pupil for a half-day and £5 per pupil for a full day.

Further information surrounding pricing, discounts and booking a trip can be acquired by contacting the museum directly. Prices for hiring the venue for overnight stays or other activities can vary but require a 50% deposit.


Travel arrangements

Thetford is in Norfolk, between Norwich and Cambridge, about 40 minutes from either location.

The Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life is in the centre of town. There is a drop-off point outside the museum and a small car park across the road. It’s only a seven-minute walk to the nearest train station, and there are many bus links located nearby.

Address

White Hart Street, Thetford, Norfolk
IP24 1AA


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