Primary Schools | Banbury Museum

Who were the real Viking heroes?  People with skill, bravery or power? People with resilience and determination?

Learn all about the Norse people and decide what makes a true hero!

Our time-limited KS2 workshop – incorporating a visit to the Heroes of the Viking World temporary exhibition – explores all aspects of Viking life. With museum workshop activities and discussion, this session explores the Norse people who invaded Britain from 793 AD.


Pupils will:

  • Find out who the Vikings were and how they lived
  • Explore Viking beliefs, skills, culture and crafts
  • Learn about real-life Viking leaders and warriors
  • Appreciate how the Vikings affected the local area
  • Decide who were the real Viking heroes!

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the Norse people and their impact on British history
  • Understanding the technology of the past and how it differs from our own
  • Developing skills in questioning, imagining, thinking critically and evaluating
  • Improving knowledge of chronology
  • Learning new vocabulary and skills


Session format

Schools will typically arrive at 10.00am and leave by 2.00pm at the latest

The day includes up to 3 hours teaching time, made up of workshop activities, gallery time and discussion.

We require a ratio of 1:10 staff to pupils, in addition to 1-2-1 support staff

Please note, the exhibition includes real Viking skeletons.


£6.00 per pupil

Our term time programme: 

  • AT THE MUSEUM – Taught sessions, including exhibitions in the PYE Gallery and boat trips on the canal

 At the Museum

“Thank you also for looking after us so well when we visited. The students really enjoyed their visit.”     

Class teacher

Taught workshop at the Museum

  • KS1 – All about canals, including a boat trip
  • KS1 – Toys and Childhood 
  • KS1 – All about Banbury
  • KS1 – Homes in the Past
  • KS1 – Stuart times/ Great Fires 
  • KS2 – Stuart times/ Civil War 
  • KS2 – Working on the canals 
  • KS2 – Victorians        
  • KS2 – Living in the Second World War 

Up to 3 hours teaching time

Up to £6 per child (£2.50 extra for boat trip)

Includes lunch room

Visit the Museum with exclusive access to the PYE Gallery (no members of the public) 

Click for details of our current exhibition – Taught workshop for max. 30 children


Autumn 2022-see above



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Further Information

SEND pupils

We very much welcome SEND pupils in our sessions. Please discuss arrangements for special needs at the time of booking. We are happy to give you an online ‘Welcome call’ before the visit, to help students with the transition from school to the Museum.

Teacher’s pre-visits to the Museum

As all visits to the Museum are still pre-booked until restrictions ease further, please let us know in advance if you want to make a pre-visit.

Looking ahead to future exhibitions

  • May The Toys be with You  (November 2022)




Our cancellation policy – not applicable during Covid 19.

Unless an alternative date can be found,

Visits cancelled within 28 days of the school visit will incur a 50% cancellation fee. 

Visits cancelled within 7 days of the school visit will incur a 100% cancellation fee.