York Museums Trust School Visits


York Museums Trust’s award-winning museums and art gallery offer inspiring, interactive and hands-on learning opportunities that directly support the National Curriculum.

We welcome school groups to York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum & Gardens and offer help and advice to parties who wish to visit.

Each venue offers an exciting programme of art, science and history workshops for school groups for Early Years Foundation Stage up to Key Stage 2.

All the workshops give pupils the opportunity to handle real museum artefacts and are delivered by experienced museum staff. Tours and bespoke projects are available for Secondary School pupils.

Please click here for further information on bringing a school group.

York Castle Museum Launches New Schools Poetry Competition 

York Castle Museum and award-winning author, poet and voice artist Christina Gabbitas have launched a new poetry competition.

The competition asks school children to take inspiration from the collections at York Castle Museum, including a Victorian wooden train, a toy ‘Strongwoman’ from the Second World War and an Edwardian glove puppet, to create and eight line poem with the winning poems selected to feature in a poetry book.

Please click here for more information and the teacher’s pack.

The Storytelling Competition has been extended

The new deadline is 21 August and the competition has been added to the school holiday overall offer and opening it to all children.

Please click here for more information.