Learning and Education

Discover Downham is a Centre of learning and education, committed to the Learning Good Practice Guidance as set out by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information or to book a school visit please email the Learning Officer, Meg Barclay, at learning@discoverdownham.org.uk


Our Learning Team is dedicated to bringing topics across the National Curriculum to life through exciting new events and workshops.

Discover: Tudors

£3 per pupil, Suitable for KS1 & KS2

Discover what life was like for Tudors. Dress up in Tudor clothing and have a go at making your very own pomander to take away with you. Be historical detectives and work out what strange-looking objects were used for. Discover Tudor dinning by laying out a banquet and creating sugar sweet meats to decorate the table. Have a go at playing some Tudor games.

“You pulled out the stops on the day to ensure our experience went extremely well. A lot of thought [was] put into organising the day” Teacher, Runcton Holme Primary School.

Discover: Toys in the Past

£2 per pupil, Suitable for KS1

Discover the history of toys and how they have changed over time. Handle real artefacts, play playground games and make you very own Peg Doll to take away with you.

“Such a wonderful visit” “Developmentally appropriate and engaging” “The children were engaged and enthralled the whole time” Teacher, Hillcrest Primary School

“My doll is a Princess. I can imagine stories with her and make her talk to my friends. It used to be a peg!” Pupil, Hillcrest Primary School

New for 2018!

Discover: Downham Market Through Time

£1 per pupil, Suitable for KS2

Using a variety of old maps and black and white photographs, discover how Downham Market has changed over time and explore the geographical and economic reasons for these changes.

Please note visits can be tailored to the topic requirements of schools to ensure each visit is of maximum benefit to pupils.

Pre-booked teacher led visits are also available to explore our permanent display collections which focus on aspects of local history, as well as a variety of other resources.

Community Groups

We can also provide educational visits for local community organisations and have hosted evening visits from local Brownies, Guides and Beavers troops, as well as visits from the local dementia café. Such visits can be tailored made to the requirements of the groups and past activities have included making fenland balm, becoming historical detectives, making traditional butter and Wilo’ the Wisps!

If you would like to book an educational fun-filled visit for your community organisation, please get in touch.

Other information

Parking - there is a free car park right next to the Centre for mini bus parking and/or coach drop off point.

Lunch space - we hope to be able to provide a lunch space for your students. Please enquire about available spaces when booking.

Access - The Centre is fully accessible, being all on one floor level with accessible toilets.

For more information or to book a school visit please email the Learning Officer, Meg Barclay, at learning@discoverdownham.org.uk