We welcome students from all phases of education and have hosted visitors from pre school to University Undergraduates and beyond. We are able to work with staff to create a tailor made visit once we have discussed your specific requirements. Our site is fully accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Please contact the Museum office using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Alongside the Museum and Canal area our site features wild areas, a children's playground, picnic and toilet facilities, a story telling circle and woodland walks. Detailed below are just a few examples of activities that we have provided recently. We are able to offer a free pre visit for staff to confirm your booking and plan in more detail if required.
VICTORIAN WASH DAY
Students are able to take part in a wash day activity alongside museum staff and learn a little more about the daily lives of the people at the Furnace from the mid 1850's. This is a 'hands on' experience using dolly tubs, possers, carbolic soap and a mangle before hanging the washing out to dry.
Alongside this session we can include an explanation of the living conditions using our Furnace Families exhibition which includes a short DVD presentation of our photograph archive and oral stories.
Working alongside museum volunteers, visitors are able to create a small rag rug sample to take home. During the session students will learn new skills and a little of the history of 'rag rugging' in the home and for canal families.
Throughout the day you will find examples of rag rugs in the Museum and also the cabin of Joseph Wilkes.
We can provide a guided tour of the Bridge loft with the history and science of the blast furnace at a suitable level for your student group. Following on from this a visit to the Hastings Room where there are displays about the Canal restoration and the social history of the site including the Furnace Families display area and our reconstructed cobblers and dressmakers shops.
Visitors are also able to enjoy a short trip aboard Joseph Wilkes, our historic narrow boat, to observe the canal wildlife close up, followed by a tour of the cabin illustrating the living conditions of the working boat families.