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Planning & booking school visits

Archaeology session with St Martins School at Candie, 2015

Please book all Education visits - including self-hosted ones.  You can download a booking form at the end of this page and email it museums@gov.gg or call 01481 726518.

If it is your first visit, please contact us and we will advise on the most suitable venue and services. If you are visiting from outside the Bailiwick (Guernsey, Herm, Sark or Alderney), please scroll down this page.

Guernsey Museums are:

  • Castle Cornet

  • Guernsey Museum at Candie

  • Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum

  • German Naval Signals HQ

Bringing your class to Guernsey Museums:

Cost
There is no entrance charge for pre-booked Bailiwick schools, charities, youth groups and organisations. There is a charge for non-Bailiwick groups. All teaching staff - including teaching assistants - in Guernsey, Sark, Alderney and Herm can also visit the Museums anytime for free with their Education Pass (please get in touch if you don't have one).

Hosted sessions
We can host tours and interactive sessions on a wide variety of topics for different year groups.  The topics include:

  • Art (usually at Candie)

  • Archaeology (usually at Candie)

  • Castles (at Castle Cornet with tour, these can also be arranged for all ages and in French if you have visiting exchange students)

  • Current exhibitions (we have a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions at Candie)

  • Homes Long Ago (at Candie)

  • Toys (at Candie)

  • Medieval Castle (at Castle Cornet with tour)

  • The Occupation (at Castle, with speakers who grew up during WW2)

  • Photography (at Candie)

  • Prehistory/Celts/Iron Age (normally at Candie, includes handling session)

  • Romans (normally at Castle in Maritime Museum, includes handling session)

  • Tudors (normally at Castle Cornet, includes a tour & handling session)

  • Victorians (normally Candie, can include a visit to the Priaulx Library & Victoria Tower)

Please note that we also respond to demand so get in touch if there's something specific we might be able to help with.  Here are some more unusual requests we have catered for:

  • Fraud in Art

  • Africa

  • Museums & Art for Wellbeing

  • 'How to Curate An Exhibition'

The length of the visit depends on class size, theme and age of the children. Please contact the Access & Learning Manager to discuss options.

Pre-visits
We strongly recommend that you carry out your own visits beforehand. Bring your teacher's pass for free entry.  You can familiarise yourself with the layout and plan questions, activities or worksheets, if you wish.  It also gives you a chance to carry out your own risk assessments.

Adult to student radios
The minimum ratio of adults to children that we recommend is:
1:7 for Key Stage 1
1:15 for Key Stage 2 and 3

Worksheets & trails
We have a variety of activity sheets and quizzes at each of our sites. You are also welcome to make your own. If you wish the Museum to supply clipboards and pencils, please arrange in advance.

Behaviour
Members of the school's teaching staff are expected to manage behaviour during all trips, including guided tours and handling sessions. Members of the Museum staff will intervene if they feel it is necessary.

Risk assessments
Generic risk assessments made by us are available on the venue pages within this section - but we strongly urge teachers to make their own.

Visiting other historic sites
Guernsey Museums manage over 70 historic sites (such as the Déhus Dolmen and Vale Castle) and they can inspire many learning opportunities. These venues do not need to be booked beforehand but if you let us know you are planning to go, we can ensure the place is tidy before you arrive.

Non-Bailiwick groups
If you are visiting from Jersey, France, England or further afield, there is a reduced entrance charge. Students are charged but, for every 8 students, 1 adult is admitted free of charge (although this depends on the age and needs of the children, please enquire). Any remaining adults are charged at the normal adult rate.