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Somerset School Children Learn about Victorian Christmas

Somerset school children are continuing to learn about the county’s rural heritage thanks to the Somerset Rural Life Museum’s outreach programme.


The Somerset Rural Life Museum is currently closed for a complete refurbishment of the whole site and all displays, due to reopen in early 2017. Throughout the redevelopment the museum’s Primary Schools Programme is continuing to cater for local curriculum needs by offering sessions that take place in school.


These sessions include a combination of previously popular topics and new subjects that reflect the themes of the museum.  

Victorian Christmas at Queen’s College in Taunton

South West Heritage Trust Learning Officer Lizzie Mee said: “We’re delighted that as part of the redevelopment we will have a new dedicated community learning room that will provide a bright and contemporary space where school groups can enjoy a range of activities.


“We look forward to welcoming schools back in 2017 but in the meanwhile  they don’t need to miss out as we have adapted our museum sessions so that they can be delivered in school.”

Children from Queen’s College enjoyed making Christmas crackers as part of a ‘Victorian Christmas’ session. 
View the schools programme and booking

For primary schools  interested in booking a session there are a variety of topics to choose from including Victorian Homes and Toys of the Past. You can view the programme here.


To book a session contact the learning team on 01823 347451 or email


Somerset Rural Life Museum is part of The South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.

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