1810 to 2010 - the British Schools site in Hitchin is over 200 years old! Today the British Schools Museum celebrates the history of elementary education in Britain from 1798 to the 1960s. The listed buildings include the only surviving Lancasterian School-room (1837) where ONE master taught 300 boys, and the Galleried Classroom (1853) for 110 boys. Also includes refurbished Edwardian and WW2/1950s classrooms and include examples of children's work. The Girls' and Infants school (1857) includes display areas, cafe and gift shop. Headmaster's House is a listed mid-Victorian house has been restored and furnished to the late Victorian period. Collection of needlework and samplers. Changing exhibitions. Around the site there are Victorian toys to play with, and a Family Discovery Trail to explore this unique collection of buildings. Come and sit in the classrooms, use a dip pens. Children can dress up in pinafores, bonnets and caps to experience early school days! Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BritishSchoolsMuseum
Open to public between February half-term and end of November Tuesdays 10am - 4pm; Saturdays 10am - 1pm; Sundays 2pm - 5pm Visit website for information on extra openings and special events. Schools groups, clubs, societies and private groups are accommodated throughout the year by arrangement. Please telephone for details.
Admission: £4.50 adults £2.50 children (5 - 16 years) Family tickets available. Pre-booked group visits incl a Victorian lesson, or an extended talk on the history of elementary education. Other programmes by arrangement. Charges depend on catering options.
Hitchin is reached from Stevenage (and A1M, junction 8) by the A602; from Luton or Letchworth by the A505. The Museum, in Queen Street is on the B656 running from the Three Moorhens roundabout on A602 to the Railway Station and the A505 Letchworth / Cambridge Road. The Railway station is on the main Kings Cross Great Northern line, and is exactly 1 mile (1.6km) from the British Schools Museum. Long term car parking is at Woodside, on the B656 towards the railway station.
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Facilities and services
- Baby changing facilities
- Education facilities available
- Meeting room available
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Parking for disabled available
- Research facilities for academics
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
Regrettably the Victorian architects and builders did not cater for visitors with disabilities, but we have greatly improved accessibility by installing slopes and ramps where steps used to be. We regret that the Gallery Classroom is not accessible to wheelchairs. The Headmaster's House has one step to negotiate.
- Academic publications and resources available
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Events and resources for children and families
- Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- Guided tours
- Information point provided
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Secondary school education service available
- Touch exhibits
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