Ranger's House - The Wernher Collection

Schools

Bring your lesson to life at one of London's most elegant historic houses and home to the extensive Wernher art collection. This Georgian villa is the perfect place to experience culture and inspire creativity.

“Having just got back from a school visit to the Ranger's House, I can safely say the students had a rich and fantastically contextual experience which inspired them all in the starting point of their next art and textile theme of ‘heritage’. Would highly recommend!”

Mr Hopkins, GCSE Art Teacher at St Matthews Academy, Blackheath

 

Information about your visit

A visit to one of our sites will inspire your students and bring your teaching to life. We'd like to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced limits on visitor numbers and school groups, so please bear this in mind when booking your trip.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit, which also includes our Covid 19 Risk Assessment.
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • As usual, you’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our Terms and Conditions for full details.
  • English Heritage are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over. The information that you provide will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested. For more information and for details of our safety measures, please see our what to expect page.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.

There may be areas of our sites which are closed, so please check what’s available for your school group on our property webpages and with our booking team.  They can put you in touch with our Education Visits Officers who can offer help and guidance, so you can make the most of your school trip.

Curriculum links

Bring art and history to life at Ranger's House:

  • KS4-5 Art & Design, Art History: Develop knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in historical contexts, societies and cultures.

Free self-led visits

Discover the beautiful interiors of Ranger's House, and the Wernher collection, with over 700 works of art, including medieval sculptures, enamels, ornate jewellery, Renaissance paintings, Dutch Old Masters and French tapestries.  To make the most of your visit, download our KS4 Self-Led Artworks Guide, for invaluable insight into the history of art, artists and craftspeople as well as useful site information. 

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Book A Free Exclusive Conservation Tour

Enhance your visit and book a free behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation studio. This is an exclusive opportunity for students to discover what is involved in conserving precious paintings and frames. These tours are subject to staff availability and must be booked in advance of your visit. Please book your tour when booking your visit to Ranger's House. Please note, a maximum of ten students are allowed in the studio at one time. 

Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to help support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free Learning Resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team are on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

 

  • Facilities
    • HOUSE: The House will be open as usual except for the basement which will remain closed. 
    • GARDEN: The Garden will be open as usual. Please note that our stannah stairlift is currently available due to maintenance work.
    • PARKING: There are 8 car parking spaces available in front of the house and additional parking alongside the adjacent bowling green. Parking restrictions are in operation between 9 and 10am (parking is not managed by English Heritage) and these areas can become very busy. 
      If you are travelling by minibus and would like to park in the courtyard at Ranger’s House, please contact the house directly in advance of your visit.
      Off-site parking can be found in Greenwich Park, Greenwich town centre and Blackheath village (charges apply).
      Coaches can park on Charlton Way but this can become very busy early on in the day so you may have to ask your coach driver to drop you off outside the house and park elsewhere.
      There is additional parking on Norman Road in the town centre.
    • TOILETS: The accessible toilet on the ground floor will be open. Additional hand sanitising stations are available across the site.
    • LUNCH: There is no designated lunch space; groups are welcome to eat their lunch on the greens outside the house. Please note: no food or drink is to be consumed in the house.
    • SHOP: There are guidebooks and some small merchandise available to buy at the registration desk. 
    • STORAGE: Bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside the rooms. A member of staff will escort you and your group to the Servants’ Hall, where your bags may be securely stored during your time inside the house.
    • FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces, including in our exhibitions, shops, cafés and tea rooms. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
  • Learning Resources

    This guide is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the Wernher Collection at Ranger's House. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders or for students working independently. The guide also includes key site information, facilities, plans and hazard information.

  • Enquire now

  • School visits academic year 2020-21

    In line with government guidance, over 60 of our English Heritage sites are open for education visits, and we’re taking bookings online up to 30 June.

    Our COVID-secure measures will remain in place until all restrictions are lifted.  Visitor numbers are limited, and all bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.

    English Heritage are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over.  The information that you provide will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested.  For more information and for details of our safety measures, please see our what to expect page.

    Due to the current situation we can’t answer calls as quickly as we’d like to. If you’d like more information about a site, email us and we’ll put you in touch with an Education Visits Officer.

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