How to book
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We recommend booking at least a month in advance.
Visit our Essential information for school visits page for further advice.
Discover self-guided tours, workshops and creative activities for Key Stage 3 pupils.
Most of our free workshops can accommodate up to 32 students at a time.
Our activity sheets encourage close observation of specimens on display. You can book clipboards in advance for use around the galleries.
Contact us for free copies of self-led trails on ecosystems and food webs, based on close observation of specimens on display.
Encourage children to ask questions and discuss animal features with our self-guided tours. The tours are designed for use by an adult leading a small group of children.
Explore environmental and inherited variation and what this means for a species. Closely investigate specimens and make hypotheses.
- heredity, the process by which genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next
- differences between species
- the variation between species and between individuals of the same species means some organisms compete more successfully, which can drive natural selection
- changes in the environment may leave individuals within a species, and some entire species, less adapted to compete successfully and reproduce, which in turn may lead to extinction
The galleries provide an opportunity for older students to practice their artistic skills and be inspired by the specimens on a number of levels.
The specimens are a chance to study colour, pattern, texture and shape. The galleries can be used for:
- study of still life, line drawing and painting
- understanding the cultural importance of specimens and art
We can provide a short introduction to the galleries and their history, or handling specimens for close observation in a designated seated space.