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Key Stage 2 education at Norwich Castle

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View our current schools programme on the main learning at Norwich Castle page.

As an alternative to a museum visit, we're offering paid-for virtual programmes based on some of our most popular events.

For more information, enquiries and bookings email our Norwich Bookings Coordinator at norwichcastle.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk, or call 01603 493636 .

Events

Visit us for immersive museum-based events in which you'll meet different characters and take part in a range of activities.

10am - 2pm and £5 per pupil (£6 per pupil from September 2024), unless otherwise stated. Minimum fees apply. Maximum 120 pupils per day, except Crime & Punishment, which is maximum 60.

Please see the current schools programme for up-to-date information on individual events.

A Day with the Romans and Iceni

Norfolk was once part of the lands of the Celtic Iceni tribe, but everything changed in 43CE, when the Romans invaded the country. The Romans fought with many tribes and won many battles - but they did not fight the Iceni. The Iceni made peace and agreed to pay a tax to Rome. However, in 60CE, the Iceni rebelled...

Meet characters from Boudica's time plus a modern curator and archaeologist to learn about the rebellion and the contrasting cultures of the Iceni and Romans.

The Norfolk Archaeological Trust runs school visits at the heart of Romano-British Norfolk: Venta Icenorum - or as we know it today, Caistor Roman Town. Just four miles from Norwich, this site is the perfect partner to the Castle Museum's Romans and Iceni programme. Visit the Norfolk Archaeological Trust website for more information.

Ancient Egypt: Discovery and Debate 

Egypt in the 1860s: one of a team of archaeologists has uncovered the tomb of the High Priest, Ankh Hor, and is excited to share the find with the world. But not everyone thinks that uncovering the tombs of the dead is a good idea... Meet a 19th-century archaeologist, a modern museum conservator, a 19th-century campaigner and a modern-day jewellery-maker and discuss their differing points of view.

Please note: The Egyptian gallery is temporarily closed for the Keep redevelopment project, and artefacts have been relocated to the Decorative Arts gallery.

Ancient Civilisations: Farming to Philosophy

Much of what we take for granted each day would be very different or might not even exist if it was not for the achievements and advances of ancient civilisations such as the ancient Greeks, the ancient Sumerians, those of the Indus valley and others. You will explore four of the key achievements of these civilisations: farming; writing; building; and philosophy

A Day with the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

What was life like in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times and how do we know about it? Meet costumed characters mourning the death of Thurweald, an Anglo-Saxon warrior. What objects, stories and possessions should travel with him into the afterlife?

Please note: the Anglo-Saxon and Viking gallery is closed during the Castle Keep redevelopment project so this event will not visit the gallery.

Mystery of Prehistory

Meet an archaeologist and use history detective skills to explore and sort genuine Neolithic tools. Learn about daily life 6000 years ago and meet costumed characters from Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age times. The day also includes time to see our stunning Iron Age objects in the Boudica gallery.

Crime and Punishment

1.5 hours, morning only, £3.50 per pupil, minimum fee £140. From September 2024: 10am until 2pm, £6 per pupil, minimum fee £240

Meet a prisoner from the Castle's past, learn about Norwich Castle's centuries as a county gaol, and handle real and replica punishment objects.

Please note: this is an adapted version of the event while the dungeons are closed to visitors. From September 2024, this event will also include a dungeon tour and a teacher-led trail of relevant areas of the museum.

Workshops

History

Egyptian, Roman, Anglo-Saxon & Viking, Medieval or First World War objects

35 minutes, £2.50 per pupil (£3 per pupil from September 2024), minimum fee £37.50 (£45 from September 2024), max 30 pupils

Handle real and replica objects and learn about life in the past.

Literacy

Magical Creatures KS1/KS2 Literacy

1.5 hours, £4 per pupil, minimum fee £80, max 30 pupils

Have you met the Hippostricow or the Chickamungus? Use our collections to combine features of beasts and birds and create a curious magical creature description.

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