Education at The John Moore Museum

About your visit


DSCF1405 COMPIf you are unable to visit the museum, the museum can come to you. We offer both outreach workshops as well as loans collections to support your teaching.


Booking your visit
  • To book a visit, please contact Kirstie, our dedicated Learning & Access Officer
  • Kirstie will provide you with a proposed timetable based on your choice of workshops, as well as a booking form. She can also advise you on any specific requirements. You can contact her by phone 01684 297174 or by email
Group sizes
  • Most of our school groups range between 30 to 60 pupils though we will do our best to accommodate smaller and larger groups.
  • Due to the limited capacity of two of our three medieval buildings, we generally split groups into two or three smaller groups and these rotate workshops during the visit.
When can schools visit?
  • Schools can visit all year round but booking is essential
  • Visits can take place Tuesday to Friday
  • A typical visit takes place etween 10am and 2.30pm though we are very happy to tailor the times to suit your requirements

The John Moore Museum is located besides Tewkesbury Abbey on Church Street, in the historic heart of Tewkesbury.

John Moore Museum map

We manage three properties as well as gardens:

  • Main John Moore Museum: Natural History collection plus a small gift shop. Located in the row of timber-framed buildings on Church Street
  • The Merchant’s House: A medieval merchant’s house and shop beautifully-restored to look as it would have done in the Tudor period. Located two doors down from main John Moore Museum
  • The Old Baptist Chapel: A medieval house which later became a chapel and then Victorian cottages also used for wet weather and activity space. Located across the road from the main John Moore Museum (via a pedestrian crossing)
  • The Secret Garden: a secluded, hidden garden and pond with a great view of the abbey
  • The abbey grounds: located behind the main John Moore Museum. A great spot for picnics and having a run around.

Museum visits

£3/£4 per child per visit depending on which workshops you would like to undertake

Most group visits involve two to three workshops depending on the size of the group.

All teachers and adult helpers are FREE

Outreach sessions

We generally recommend that an outreach session lasts 2 hours with a break in the middle. Though some schools like to book one session in the morning and one in the afternoon, for example, if there are two classes in the same year.

A 2 hour workshop costs £40, plus travel expenses (40p per mile). Setting up time and breaks are not included in the 2 hours.

Loan boxes

We have the following loan boxes available: Natural History, Travellers, Tudor & Open If You Dare Play Loans

You can borrow our loans boxes for up to two weeks (you can borrow more than one at a time). The boxes vary in price from FREE to £30.  They are ideal for use as a follow up activity in class after visiting the museum.

For more details, visit our Outreach & Loans Boxes page

Lunch & bag storage
  • On arrival, the group will first drop off their bags. These will be stored in the museum office or the Old Baptist Chapel. As space is limited, we ask that pupils only bring what is needed.
  • If it is a nice day (fingers crossed!), the museum backs on to the lovely abbey grounds where you can enjoy your pack lunches and have a run around.
  • If the weather is poor, lunch can be eaten in the Old Baptist Chapel. There is a toilet and kitchenette in the chapel.
  • Need a cup of tea? If you are in the Old Baptist Chapel, you are welcome to help yourself to tea & coffee. We ask for a small donation to keep our supplies replenished.
  • IMG_3490The Merchant’s House and main John Moore Museum do not have on site toilets (unless you want to make use of our Tudor piss pots!) Groups can use the abbey toilets, situated at the entrance to the abbey next to the café and parish hall. There are three boys’ toilets, three girls’ toilets and one DDA-compliant toilet.
  • There is a DDA-compliant toilet in the Old Baptist Chapel
  • Due to the age of the buildings, it can be draughty and cold. Please ensure that all attending the trip wear warm clothing and suitable footwear. John Moore Museum’s award-winning education programme provides museum workshops, outreach visits and loan boxes for a range of subjects. 

Our education and outreach services are available to schools all year.                                                   

Our workshops are delivered by expert staff and are structured to meet the National Curriculum requirements (the full NC links appear on the subject pages). Sessions include use of our handling collections, costumed interpreters, tours of historic buildings and activities that bring learning to life. You can view all of our workshops together or by subject:

History: medieval, Tudor & Stuart plus local history

Religious Studies: places of worship, persecution and toleration

Geography: Human & physical 

Science: Living things, habitats & adaptations

Design Technology: tools & materials

Art & Design: observation, techniques & materials

For a printable list of all our workshops, please download our School Workshops SummaryiStockduck cropped

For all other details including all-important prices, timings etc., please see below or download our JMM Teacher Pack

Coaches & drop-off point
  • We recommend that the coach drops you off at the Crescent. This is located at the end of the row of timber-framed buildings in which the Museum is located
  • Museum staff will welcome you at the Crescent
Supervision and teacher/adult : pupil ratio

Whilst our staff is very experienced at working with children, teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for their pupils’ behaviour at all times.

Recommended adult to child ratios:

Aged 0 – 2 years: 1 adult to 3 children

Aged 2 – 3 years: 1 adult to 4 children

Aged 4 – 8 years: 1 adult to 6 children

Aged 9 – 12 years: 1 adult to 8 children

Aged 13 – 18 years: 1 adult to 10 children

When deciding on the number of adults required, it is important to bear in mind that these ratios are guidelines only: in certain situations it will be necessary to have a higher number of adults than recommendations suggest. If, for instance, the children or young people have specific support needs, or a risk assessment identifies behaviour as a potential issue for the group or event, the number of supervising adults will need to be higher.

We warmly encourage you to bring additional members of staff where possible and do not charge for adults.

Safeguarding and child protection

Every effort has been made to ensure a safe environment in which your pupils can engage and enjoy all we have to offer.

  • All of our facilitators have undergone a full DBS check. All facilitators are permanent members of staff or freelance professionals with whom we have worked for many years.
  • We also enjoy the support of a small group of wonderful volunteers, most of whom have previous experience working with children and young people.
  • During your visit, the museum will be closed to general visitors, meaning you can relax and enjoy the collections without concerns over other people in the space.
Health & safety including risk assessment

Every effort had been made to create a safe and welcoming environment.

  • You will find a risk assessment on the back two pages of our JMM Teacher Pack
  • Museum staff will highlight any potential risks at the start of each workshop
  • If you have not visited the museum before, we recommend doing so before your visit. This can be done free of charge. If you would like to meet our Learning & Access Officer during a pre-visit, please contact Kirstie on 01684 297174 or
Access & special educational needs

The John Moore Museum is dedicated to providing access for all visitors so that they might engage with our collections and buildings as fully as possible. Please do let us know of any special needs prior to visit so that we might accommodate these wherever possible (the booking form includes a section to fill out). We are always very happy to tailor workshops to suit a group’s needs.

  • Physical: Due to the nature of these buildings (Grade 1 Listed) access to the upper levels in all three buildings is via stair cases, and in the case of the Merchant’s House the stairs are uneven. Information about the upper floors is provided for those unable to go upstairs. There are thresholds and steps to enter the ground floors of the main John Moore Museum and the Merchant’s House. The Old Baptist Chapel ground floor is fully accessible for individuals with wheelchairs via a disability ramp, the floor is even throughout and obstructions kept to a minimum. There is a DDA-compliant toilet in the Chapel with emergency cord. The Secret Garden is assessed via steps and the ground is uneven. The Abbey grounds are fully accessible by wheelchair.

Please let us know if physical assess may cause difficulties as we can arrange tours and workshops to take place predominantly on the ground floor of all buildings.

  • Audio: Audio tours are provided in the Merchant’s House and the Old Baptist Chapel. The volume can be altered to suit that of the user and hearing loops are available on request. An audio track of wildlife sounds plays in the main John Moore Museum.
  • Visual: All three buildings have extensive handling collections including a handling table of wildlife animals plus artefacts and historic clothing to try on in the Merchant’s House and the Old Baptist Chapel.
  • Other access needs: there are plenty of opportunities for those with additional special education needs including sensory, emotional, behavioural and intellectual requirements. With so many resources, collections and workshops available, we can focus on some areas more than others if this would make your visit more enjoyable.

Additionally, some workshops are better suited to different learning styles so if, for instance, you have a group who engage better with interactive activities, we would advise a workshop such as Tudor Toys & Games. Please speak to our Learning & Access Officer who can advise according to your preferences.

Gift shop
Pocket money trinkets: all gift show items shown cost £1.50 or less

Pocket money trinkets: all items shown cost £1.50 or less

Our small gift shop sells animal posters, gemstones & fossils, small cuddly toys and pewter historic figures. The majority of our items are pocket-money items costing around £1 – £2 each.

We know it can be tricky for schools to decide whether to shop or not; for many, going to the gift shop is a highlight of a visit but trips are often already expensive enough for parents without extra items added on. To make it easier for you, there is a simple yes/no tick box for using the gift shop on your booking form.

If you decide to shop, we recommend children bring £2 – £5.

  • Dressing up as Tudors in the Merchants HouseWe warmly recommend bringing cameras and tablets and flash photography is fine throughout the museum. There will be plenty of opportunities for capturing moments on camera!
  • Museum staff occasionally takes pictures of workshops for our records and for marketing purposes. However, we will not take any pictures which show either pupils’ faces or school logos without first attaining permission from the group leader.
Teacher Pack (incl. risk assessment) & other printable docs

JMM Teacher Pack  – general info about visiting the museum including a risk assessment

School Workshops Summary – a brief summary of all the workshops we offer

Outreach Workshops for Schools – a brief summary of our outreach sessions to schools

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