The Stonehenge World Heritage Site provides inspiration for a whole range of learning activities from Bronze Age prehistory to heritage management and business studies.
Education Resources in the World Heritage Site
Schools and other education organisations can be supported in their learning through the resources and activities offered by five partner organisations – English Heritage, National Trust, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Wessex Archaeology, and Wiltshire Museum.
Each organisation provides a unique approach to Stonehenge learning:
- English Heritage provides a specific focus on the stones and Neolithic living
- National Trust highlights the contextual landscape
- Wessex Archaeology explores the archaeology
- Wiltshire Museum, and Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum both interpret people and objects
The organisations also work together to offer free CPD for teachers and trainee teachers. For more information about this please email Katherine Snell, Education Co-ordinator for Stonehenge; Katherine.email@example.com
To organise your visit and find out more about the extensive learning resources on offer from one or more of the above organisations, please see below for links to the individual learning pages.
English Heritage Education
English Heritage Education offer free self-led visits for schools and other learning groups visiting Stonehenge. We offer a range of free site-based and online resources including backpacks to explore the landscape and an online teacher’s kit with images and activities. We also offer expert-led Discovery Visits at Stonehenge from KS1 to KS5. At just £100 per session these visits provide hands-on experiences from discovering why Stonehenge was built to investigating how Neolithic people lived. For more information email us, book online visit our Stonehenge education page or call us on 0870 333 0606.
Stonehenge Landscape is free to visit, 'countryside packed with archaeology and wildlife much of which is permissive open access for you to explore full of archaeology and wildlife to discover:
- National Trust focuses on the archaeology and wildlife in the wider landscape
- download a walk from our website and discover ancient burial mounds, awe inspiring monuments and stunning chalk down-land.
- explore archaeology, history and wildlife with a guide
- get hands-on by joining a Discovery Visit in partnership with English Heritage – with Drama, Geography, History and Music
For more information call the National Trust Stonehenge on 01980 664780, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Visit National Trust Stonehenge Landscape Website
Wessex Archaeology has a dedicated Community & Education Team working to enable everyone to explore and understand our past. Visit our website to find out about our interactive school workshops and access our wide range of online learning resources.
For more information call Wessex Archaeology on 01722 326867, Email: email@example.com or Visit Wessex Archaeology Website
The Wiltshire Museum in Devizes is home to the best Bronze Age archaeology collections in Britain. We offer interactive learning, with workshops and themed days in the Museum and out in schools. Students can handle and investigate authentic artefacts, take part in role play and learn new skills through fun hands on activities. Groups can choose to take a journey through prehistory in Wiltshire, from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age, or focus on the people of the Bronze Age, their lives and beliefs.
For more information call the Wiltshire Museum on 01380 727369, Email: Ali.Rushent@wiltshireheritage.org.uk or Visit Wiltshire Heritage Education Website
Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
With the new archaeology gallery opening in 2014, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum offers a range of themed schools sessions for both museum visits and outreach. Specifically relating to Stonehenge are:
• Stonehenge People – a hands on session looking through the eyes of the Amesbury Archer to see what life was like around Stonehenge using real and replica artefacts from around 4000 years ago.
• Prehistoric Pots – a look at Bronze Age Beaker pots to gain insight into ancient technology and creativity and then opportunity to create your own replica pots.
Please see our website for a programme of education events and offers throughout 2014 to celebrate the opening of the new archaeology gallery, featuring the museum collection from 1220AD right back to the early Stone Age.
For more information, call Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum on 01722 332151, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Visit Salisbury Museum Learning Website