• Fully physically accessible
  • Lunch facilities
  • Coach drop off
  • Toilets
  • Gift shop
  • Linked loan boxes
  • Outreach sessions available

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery opened in 1874 and is one of the Britain’s earliest purpose built museums.

With fascinating Egyptology, fine art, natural and social history collections, a visit is a great way to inspire your pupils and support both teaching and learning in the classroom. We have long experience of working with schools and will help bring your curriculum to life. We know that all classes differ in their needs and abilities and are happy to tailor a session to your particular class.

Learning Sessions

Life in Ancient Egypt

Half day / KS2 / History

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

As well as viewing our mummy, your pupils will use objects from the collection and craft activities to find out the ways in which objects from ancient Egypt can tell us about the lives of everyday people.

View and download the session outline and risk assessment here.

Life in Ancient Egypt Session Outline BMAG

Life in Ancient Egypt Risk Assessment BMAG

Bridge That Gap

Half day / KS2 / Science/Design

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

Developed with teachers, this workshop is linked to both the science and design & technology curriculum. The children learn about how forces affect structures before putting theory into practice in a fun competition that will test their knowledge, imagination and skills.

View and download the session outline here.

Bridge that Gap – session outline


Local History

Half day / KS2 / History

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

From its beginning, the textile industry was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and it was centred on the towns of Pennine Lancashire. This session uses a series of activities to introduce children to the changes that happened locally and saw Lancashire towns like Blackburn and Burnley become some of the most prosperous towns in the world. It includes activities about the cotton industry in Blackburn, exploring our Local History gallery, object handling and sketching the past.


Half day / KS2/ Design/Art

This half day workshop is a practical printmaking session, where the children will make their very own prints inspired by collections at the Museum. They will learn about traditional printmaking processes, learn the names of key printmaking tools, see a variety of different style prints and then have a go at making their own mono and lino print.


Half day / KS2 / History/Science

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

Our session serves as an introduction to this fascinating topic. It starts by answering three questions – What is a fossil, how are they made and why are they important? The children get to handle a range of fossil animals and think about the environments the animals might have lived in.


Half day / KS1 / History

By looking at and playing with a selection of old and new toys, the children will explore the ways in which we can tell ‘old’ from ‘new’. After playing with the toys your pupils will be able to make their own toy to take home.

View and download the session outline and risk assessment here.

Toys Session Outline BMAG

Toys Risk Assessment BMAG


Half day / KS1 / Art

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

What does a portrait tell us about the sitter? Your pupils will learn to unravel the clues that can be found in the picture of a person.

After the opportunity to look at the pictures in our portrait gallery, the children will make a portrait of their own which can be developed back in the classroom.


Full day / KS2 / Science

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

Inspired by the museum’s collection of over 3,000 beetles, this science workshop looks at beetles, nature’s favourite mini-beast. The children will discover the world of beetles, find out what makes them so wonderful, have a go at designing and then making their own.

View and download the session outline and risk assessment here.

Mini-beasts Session Outline BMAG

Mini-beasts Risk Assessment BMAG

WW2 Home Front

Half day / KS2 / History

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

The children will find out about the impact of WW2 on the people of Blackburn, the experiences of children and have the opportunity to handle a selection of objects from the period.

Inventors and Inventions

Half day / KS2 / Science/History

Virtual Session Available – 40 mins

The children will spend half a day finding out about the inventors on their doorstep and how they changed their world before exploring the whole of the museum, tracking down all the inventions to be found and discovering how they made money, saved time and made the world a different place.

View and download the session outline and risk assessment here.

Inventors and Inventions Session Outline BMAG

Inventors and Inventions Risk Assessment BMAG

Additional Activities

Loan Boxes

We have a range of loan boxes for schools. They are available for a two-week loan at a cost of £20 per box.

Themes are:

Victorian Objects / Victorian Childhood / Ancient Egypt / WW2

Outreach and Zoom Sessions


We also offer to visit your school with objects from our collections. Typically, a session is an hour long and involves a talk and a handling session with original objects. Secondary schools find this particularly useful.

We are happy to tailor a session to meet your needs, just let us know your requirements. 

Zoom Sessions

We offer Zoom sessions for the following learning sessions:

  • Life in Ancient Egypt
  • Bridge That Gap*
  • Local History
  • Fossils*
  • Portraits*
  • Mini-beasts*
  • WW2 Home Front
  • Inventors and Inventions

These sessions are adapted from the sessions we would deliver during a visit to the Museum.  See separate descriptions in ‘learning sessions’.

Each session lasts between 35 and 90 minutes and sessions marked with an asterix include follow-up activities in the classroom.

You Tube Channel

Have a look at Blackburn Museum’s YouTube channel. It has 20 short films aimed at schools for use in the classroom. These cover most of the topics that we also offer as in visit learning sessions.