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Learning & Schools

We offer learning opportunities for everyone – from School Groups to families and individuals. Our programme includes fun, educational and inspiring activities for people of all ages and abilities. Browse this page to find out about the different ways you can learn with us!

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School Workshops

Our Craven Museum Education Workshops offer unique opportunities to explore our museum collection through object handling and immersive activities.

Our museum experts will use real and replica objects that will bring history to life. Join us in our brand new education facilities to explore and investigate what life was like in the past.

Craven schools get their first booking with us completely free!

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Discovery Boxes

Craven Museum offers a free loan box service to schools to help enhance classroom learning and encourage your class to discover and learn through engaging with real and replica objects. Each box centres around a theme and contains instructions on handling museum objects safely.

Our Discovery Boxes may be borrowed for up to two weeks. If you have a particular project and would like to borrow for a longer period, please get in touch.

The themes of the boxes range from Geology, Medieval Life and Victorian work and school life.

If you would like to book a Discovery Box, or to find out more, contact the museum:

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Online Resources

Craven Museum have four free home schooling resources available for you to download. If you can’t get close to our objects at present we can still share lots of amazing facts, images and even 3D models for you to explore!

Our home schooling resources are inspired by the workshops we deliver directly to the classroom and all have cross-curriculum links. Each resource can be downloaded below:

KSI Toys Of The Past

KS1 Homes Of The Past

KS2 Stone Age to Iron Age

KS2 The Romans In Craven

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Heritage Schools Award

The Heritage Schools Programme in partnership with Craven Museum can support your school to achieve The National Heritage Schools Award. Providing guidance and resources about your own doorstep heritage with access to practical activities, resources and free CPD events.

To find out more about the Heritage Schools Programme contact us at

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Arts Award

Begin your Bronze Arts Award journey with Skipton Town Hall! Our team will guide you through the steps to achieving your Bronze Arts Award. Bronze Arts Award is a Level 1 qualification and is open to young people up to the age of 25.

Take part in arts activities, experience arts events and share your arts skills with others.

If you would like to enquire to take part in the Bronze Arts Award as an individual or school, please contact us at

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Young Archaeologists’ Club

Craven Museum’s Young Archaeology Club is planning to open in Autumn 2022. The club will meet on Saturdays once a month to have a go at all sorts of archaeology-themed activities, from investigating the museum’s impressive archaeology collection and trying out traditional crafts to visiting local heritage sites and developing archaeological skills!

If this sounds up your street or you want to know more, please email

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We have a programme of family friendly activities throughout the year, including our free Craven Museum ‘Make & Take’ craft sessions during school holidays. We provide all the materials and know-how so you can make and take home your own creation!

See our What’s On page for upcoming family events.

What’s On

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We host workshops and activities inspired by the Craven Museum collection. Events include arts, crafts, music, dance and drama.

Get hands on, relax, learn new skills and make new friends. We try to programme activities that are accessible for all ages and abilities.

Check the What’s On page to see what you might like to try!

What’s On

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Specialist Talks

Craven Museum host specialist talks that relate to the culture and heritage of the local area. Talks may be held online via Zoom or in person at Skipton Town Hall.

Recent subjects have included ‘Skipton’s First World War POW Camp & its German Prisoners’ and ‘Caves: The Hidden World beneath the Craven Dales’.

Keep and eye on our What’s On page to find out what talks are coming up.

What’s On

Educational Events

We have lots of fun educational events this summer. Here’s a taster – check the Event’s Calendar for full listings.

Young Archaeologists' Club: Launch Event


Young Archaeologists' Club: Launch Event

Craven Museum: Object Handling


Craven Museum: Object Handling

Visualising Elbolton Cave - a VR Experience


Visualising Elbolton Cave - a VR Experience

The History of... Costume in Craven


The History of... Costume in Craven

The History of... Nature in Craven


The History of... Nature in Craven

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Collection Stories

from Craven Museum

We care for a treasure trove of around 60,000 objects representing millions of years of Craven history. Delve deeper into the collection and find out fascinating facts about objects from the displays and special items from the museum stores.

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