Dear Teachers,

As you are all aware Trowbridge Museum is going through a major £2.5m Heritage Lottery Fund/Town Council funded redevelopment and currently we are running an outreach-only service for schools. Unfortunately, we have decided to temporarily suspend our school learning and outreach service until January 2020, enabling us to focus on the developing the new museum’s displays and enacting the activity plan. We will honour any existing bookings, but will not take any more bookings for 2019.

One of the key elements of the project is the creation of new primary and secondary school workshops which will focus on the area’s textile and weaving heritage, as well as new STEM workshops which will draw on the Museum’s industrial machinery displays and the processes involved in the woollen cloth manufacture. We are looking for schools to help us develop and trial these workshops over the coming 15 months. If you are interested in working with Trowbridge Museum at this exciting time, please get in touch. We are also planning to host a number of INSET days, which will promote our new and expanded education offering. We’ll notify schools as these are arranged.

From the start of April 2019, we will be based in the Civic Centre at St Stephen’s Place and although we are not able to run outreach workshops we are in a position to loan out history resources from our handling collection.

We are very excited by the expansion project which will see the Museum double in size. The new Museum, which is due to re-open in August 2020 will feature new displays interpreting the social and industrial heritage of the Town and a brand new Learning Hub. Our policy on charging will remain the same with schools within the area served by the Town Council having free access to Museum-based workshops.

If you have any questions about Trowbridge Museum’s Learning and Outreach service then do please get in touch with either myself, David Birks, or my colleague, Nikki Ritson, on 01225 751 339 or email us at david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk or nikki.ritson@trowbridge.gov.uk.

We look forward to working with you and your students in the future.

Yours sincerely,

David Birks
Learning and Outreach Officer