Learning at Peterborough Museum

Learning at Peterborough Museum

Discover the many stories behind this historic building and its collections with a huge variety of immersive school sessions.

Can't see what you're looking for? We are happy to adapt sessions to suit specific needs.

Please contact us at: museum.education@vivacity-peterborough.com or phone 01733 864 700 / 706 for more information.



'Engaging activities, friendly staff and excellent learning' John Clare Primary 2016

EY & KS1

Under the Jurassic sea

Be a Palaeontologist as you handle and explore real fossils.

Edith Cavell & other past lives

Visit Peterborough Infirmary as trainee nurses in 1911. Today we have a special visitor...

Toys from the past

See how toys have changed over time. Explore everyday materials through enquiry and play.


Fossils and evolution

Study a range of fossils and replica hominin skulls on a journey of enquiry. Meet Mary Anning as part of your day too!

Really Roman

Step back 2,000 years and experience the impact and 'Romanisation' and what happened locally first hand.

Monks, monarchs & medicine

This duel-site visit with Peterborough Cathedral complements our temporary Spring exhibition; Tremendous Tudors.

Life at Norman Cross

Understand how our knowledge of life at this Napoleonic prison camp is constructed from a range of sources.

Victorian medicine & marvel

Visit Peterborough Infirmary as a patient with a Victorian aliment in 1901. Meet the doctor ... Feeling better?

WWII: 10 May 1941

Study the Home Front during WWII and its impact on the locality as we take you back to the 'hardest night' of the Blitz.

If walls could talk...

Discover 500 years of local history down in the museum's cellar!

Story of Peterborough

Mystery boxes containing objects from Peterborough's past have been discovered...

Peterborough's Treasure

Analyse objects for 'value', talk to the experts and curate your own exhibition!


Medicine through time

Support the learning in this British and social history theme in our original Victorian operating theatre.

Contact museum.education@vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.

If walls could talk...

Discover 500 years of local history down in the museum's cellar!

Ghostly tales

Take a guided ghostly tour behind the scenes of this 'most haunted building in Peterborough. Inspire writing, film making... if you dare!

Or book a ghost tour for you and your colleagues!



Why not try...


We've linked our collection and galleries with some well known stories.

History in an hour

Only have time for a short visit? Why not take a bite out of our local history...

Themed guided city tours

Guided tours are suitable and adaptable for all key stages, historical periods and topics.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and can be matched to a museum-led activity as well.

Museum outreach

Can't come to us? Then we can bring some of the museum collection to you!

Contact us for more details at museum.education@vivacity-peterborough.com

Toys from the past

We can bring a range of toys from the past to compare with toys of today. Lots of hands-on fun!

Under the Jurassic sea

Handle a range of fossils and discover what creatures lived here 150 million years ago.

Suitable for Early Years and KS1.

Human evolution

Ideal for upper KS2 or KS3+

Focuses on comparative anatomy, looking at animal and hominin skulls.

Fossil evolution

Discover what fossils can tell us about evolution.

Suitable for upper KS2.


Discover more about teeth and adaptation with a range of replica animal skulls.

Prehistoric life

Explore prehistoric life with a range of real and replica artefacts.

Loan boxes and resources

Rock Box

We have a set of 4 rock boxes with ideas on how they can be used in the classroom.

£40 per week or inclusive as part of Year 3 / 4 Fossils museum-led session.

Stone Age murder?

Look at evidence for the scene of a real life Stone Age crime. Do you think it was an accident or murder? Discuss, debate, decide.

£40 per week.

Jurassic on-line resource

Discover more about Jurassic Peterborough at our Leedsichthys website.

Really Roman resource pack

Discover more about our local Roman town Durobrivae. A Really Roman loan box set is also inclusive to a visit for schools within Peterborough.

If walls could talk... resource pack

Discover more about the stories of the museum's cellar...

Peterborough & The Great War

A fantastic resource to complement studies of The Great War.