Children and young people love being in the museum at Lyme Regis with its friendly atmosphere and nooks and crannies to explore. We welcome school groups and offer tailor-made visits, talks and walks to fit in with your schemes of work.
Our ethos is to make the museum a special place for both informal and structured creative learning. Indoors, we offer a variety of workshops covering many aspects of the curriculum. Outdoors we offer school fossil walks with our expert guides, a great way to get ‘hands on’ on the Jurassic Coast and really inspire pupils to get interested in science.
We also offer outreach visits and resources, including loan boxes and fossil talks with hands-on sessions.
If you are thinking about organising a school visit or would like to discuss an outreach visit, please look at the workshop information below and contact us to discuss your needs. See our contact details at the bottom of the page.
There are a number of key themes of national significance including the Civil War and Monmouth’s Rebellion, the contribution of Lyme Regis to palaeontology in the early nineteenth century, and Lyme’s literary and cultural connections from Jane Austen to John Fowles. Although the display on each theme is not large, together they provide an insight into the amazing contribution of a small town and port to national life. We can offer talks and handling sessions on fossils and geology for sixth form and other higher education groups. Please contact us about planned sixth form or other higher education visits so that we can make arrangements to enhance your visit.
School Fossil Walks
The Museum can arrange fossil walks for school groups. Please note that dates and times of walks are tide- dependent and change every day. Please contact us giving plenty of notice if you wish to book such a walk. You will need one member of staff or helper for every six pupils. On school walks, staff and helpers are all free. See the planned dates and times for walks. It might be possible to do a walk on other dates close to those given. Please enquire.
Commendation ” …… really wanted to thank you for your wonderful talk, fossil walk and the enthusiasm you gave to the children who simply had the best day out possible. Thank you so much for arranging it all and for all your hard work- they really loved it and I think will be fossil hunting well into their dotage! Do hope that we can bring another group one day and have to say that personally it was the best trip I have taken a group on, …”
Jane Darkin – Yeoford Primary School
School Rockpooling Sessions
The Museum can arrange rockpooling sessions for school groups but, like the fossil walks, these are are tide- dependent. Please contact us giving plenty of notice if you wish to book such a session. We have rockpooling dates advertised, but these are few in number due to the demand for fossil walks. The tides are normally suitable to do rockpooling on any day we advertise a fossil walk. If there is no rockpooling date convenient for you we are happy to run a rockpooling session instead of a fossil walk, providing you give ample notice. You will need one member of staff or helper for every six pupils. On school walks, staff and helpers are all free. To see the types of creatures you may find click here.
Arrangements for Visits
To ensure the smooth running of your visit, please note the following:
- The Museum, whilst rich in objects and information is small. There is a practical maximum of 17 children on one floor at a time and therefore a maximum of 35 children per visit. Your group may therefore need to be split into two during their visit and allocate an adult leader to each. If your group totals more than 35 you will need to divide between the museum and other activities in Lyme. We can advise on other activities.
- If for any reason you are not able to arrive at the time agreed we would ask you to contact the museum by phone as we may have another school booked to follow on from your visit.
- There is no lift and the stairs are narrow. Access is therefore difficult for people with restricted mobility. It also means that care is needed using the stairs and on the balconies. In the event of the need to evacuate the building, the main emergency exit is at the bottom of the main stairwell. It is also possible to leave through the Museum shop.
- There are no public toilets in the Museum. The nearest public toilets are close by on the other side of the road. Any child wishing to visit the toilets must be accompanied by an adult from your group.
- If you are arriving by coach, it must set down and pick up your party 40 metres west of the Museum (at Cobb Gate) by the clock tower. The road outside the museum is very narrow. Coaches must not set down outside the Museum. Be very careful crossing the road. There are signed coach parks in Lyme Regis to the East and West.
NB A prior visit to the Museum, if you have not made one, will help you plan your visit in relation to your group’s needs. It will also enable you to carry out a risk assessment for your visit with particular regard to points 3,4,5 above.
There is a standard charge for educational groups of £1.50 per student, accompanying adults are free. Payment arrangements should be made when booking with the museum’s Learning & Outreach Officer.
To make a booking or enquiry please contact:
Bridget Houseago, Operations Manager
Tel: 01297 443370