Education Partners at Stonehenge

The Stonehenge World Heritage Site provides inspiration for a whole range of learning activities from Bronze Age prehistory to heritage management and business studies.

School children being led on a tour around Stonehenge

A class using the self led Stonehenge Explorer Backpacks to discover the stone circle and it's surrounding landscape

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
  • Salisbury Museum interprets people and objects
  • Wiltshire Museum tells the story of Bronze Age leaders and priests

Discover a World Heritage Site on your doorstep

English Heritage, National Trust, Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum have teamed up to provide free CPD sessions to show you how Stonehenge, the landscape and its museums can support learning in your school.

Our CPD sessions are interactive and provide practical advice on how and where the Stonehenge World Heritage Site fits into the new curriculum. The session is based around the late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods covering the following areas;

  • Explorer backpacks that can be used on site at Stonehenge
  • Learning through objects during the Stone Age
  • Explore and experiment how Stonehenge was constructed
  • The myths and legends behind Stonehenge

However, you can focus on one of these areas if you prefer. They can be delivered in school or on site, Monday to Friday, as part of an INSET day or as twilight sessions. For more information about this please contact the English Heritage, Education Visits Officer at bookeducation@english-heritage.org.uk

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 onlinevisit our Stonehenge education page or call us on 0370 333 0606.

An image showing pupils trying their hand at fence building as part of the neolithic schools workshop sessions

Fence building, Neolithic style!

National Trust

The Stonehenge landscape is free to visit. The countryside surrounding the stones is 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: stonehenge@nationaltrust.org.uk  or Visit National Trust Stonehenge Landscape Website

Pupils engaging in the Survival Guardianship activity

Getting stuck in on the Survival Guardianship activity
© National Trust

Wessex Archaeology

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, or Visit Wessex Archaeology Website     

Pupils engaging in an outdoor workshop with the Wessex Archaeology Group

An outdoor workshop with Wessex Archaeology
© Wessex Archaeology

Wiltshire Museum

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: education@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk  or visit Wiltshire Museum Education website

Salisbury Museum

The new archaeology gallery opened in 2014, Salisbury 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.

See the Salisbury Museum website for a programme of education events and offers throughout year and more information of the new archaeology gallery, featuring the museum collection from 1220AD right back to the early Stone Age.

For more information, call Salisbury Museum on 01722 332151, email education@salisburymuseum.org.uk  or Visit Salisbury Museum Learning Website

Pupils engaging in a pottery making session at Salisbury Museum

A pot making session at Salisbury Museum
© Salisbury Museum

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