Museum of Richmond

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Using a mix of real and replica historical objects from the Museum’s handling collection, our workshops provide families with a hands on experience where they learn more about the history of the local area and develop new skills by having a go at arts and craft activities.

Our workshops are led by our Learning Officer, Vicky, who has over ten years of experience of working with families and has an Enhanced DBS check.

Workshops are primarily aimed at children aged 5-11 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and adults are encouraged to get stuck in too!

Younger siblings (under 5s) are welcome to join in and we can provide simple craft and colouring materials for them during the workshop instead of the main craft resources. as the workshop charges are to help us cover the cost of craft materials.

Children aged 11 and over are also welcome to join in, and we can make the activities more challenging for them. They would need to have a paid for place booked for them as the workshop charges are to help us cover the cost of craft materials used during the workshop.

Workshops are £5.50 per child. Booking is essential as places are limited
(£4 of this covers craft materials, £1.50 is the Eventbrite booking fee.)

Click on the links below to book and pay online

Please email or call 020 8332 1141 if you have any questions


The family learning programme is generously supported by Achieving for Children.

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OCTOBER HALF TERM: The Ghosts of Richmond Palace

Tuesday 23 October to Friday 26 October, 10am to 12noon

Learn about the tales of Richmond’s royal ghosts and design a Gothic Richmond Palace, full of hidden spooks and ghouls!




FEBRUARY HALF TERM 2019:  Victorian Toys and Games

Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 February 2019, 10am to 12noon

In this workshop we will be looking at how life was different in Victorian times using household objects and toys from the Museum’s handling collection. Children will then make their own replica Victorian toys to take home!




EASTER 2019: Make Do and Mend – Richmond during World War Two

Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 April 2019, 10am to 12noon

Discover what life was like growing up in Richmond during World War Two and find out how people would ‘make do and mend’ by making your own recycled patchwork bag – no sewing involved!




EASTER 2019: Dig for Victory – – Richmond during World War Two

Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 April 2019, 10am to 12noon

Find out how and why the people of Richmond would ‘Dig for Victory’ during World War Two and create your own cress head to take home.





MAY 2019: Printing in Richmond: Dimbleby and Sons

Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 May 2019, 10am to 12noon

Explore the history of printing in Richmond and then have a go at making your own printing ‘stamps’ to use





SUMMER 2019: Art and Craft in St Mary Magdalene’s Church

Wednesday 24 to Friday 30 July 2019, 10am to 12noon
Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 August 2019, 10am to 12noon
Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 August 2019, 10am to 12noon

Themes will be confirmed closer to the time




OCTOBER 2019: Grave Yard Explorers!

Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November 2019, 10am to 12noon

Explore the stories behind the names on the memorials and headstones in St Mary Magdalene’s Church and enjoy a Halloween craft at the Museum










Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 5pm
Saturday, April to September: 11am to 5pm
Saturday, October to March: 11am to 4pm

Please Note: We often have learning workshops which start before the Museum opens to the public, which means the exhibition areas will be busy before 12noon.