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Music & Art

Music & Art

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Please note that some providers may charge a fee to participate in programmes or to use their resources so always check the details with the provider first.

Local Programmes


A new initiative led by the Cumbria Museum Consortium which offers a unique range of learning sessions from 14 different museum and gallery venues across Cumbria.

Learning sessions offered cover an exceptional range of subjects all carefully linked to different curriculum areas, from arts and crafts at Blackwell to geology at Keswick and boatbuilding at the Dock Museum in Barrow.


Local scheme




Mobile: 07769 326109


The Beacon Museum is keen to promote learning both through schools and outside the classroom. While offering the best in local heritage engagement, the team has also branched out to offer a STEAM (STEM + the Arts) learning experience, both through our Sellafield Story exhibition and through collaborating with local science and engineering professionals.

The museum offers a perfect platform for businesses to collaborate in community and schools outreach, allowing them to reach out without the burden of organising such events from the ground up. It offers a bespoke venue for schools to run a heritage/arts learning session that can be added to with content on areas of expertise that are unique to the businesses of West Cumbria. This is where local supply chain and businesses can get involved. From careers and communications skills to vocational subjects and STEM – the team are happy to explore all possibilities on how we can work together. What’s more, the state of the art Beacon Portal provides an ideal community hub set in the centre of Whitehaven. The Beacon Portal is ideal for collaborative and community projects. All proceeds from venue hire go back into the ongoing work of the museum.

Below are some examples of the typical sessions that the museum deliver to over 5000 school children each year. These are based on the National Curriculum and reflect the subjects that schools ask for around heritage and local history.

Activity sessions

Explore the past — Stone Age to Iron Age

Step back in time and discover how early humans lived, learn about human evolution from primitive Homo sapiens through to our Iron Age ancestors.

Norse Settlers — New for 2018

Discover where the Vikings came from and what they looked like. Explore how they navigated across the seas, how they lived and what happened to them.

Toys — old and new (KS1)

Find out about toys from the past and how they differ to those played with today. The activity session involves discovering and looking at a wide range of fascinating Victorian toys and how they compare with toys from the 40s, 50s, 60s through to modern toys.

Wish you were here: A day at the Victorian seaside (KS1)

Let us take you on a journey to learn what a trip to the seaside was like for the Victorians! How have holidays changed?

Keep the home fires burning: World War II (KS2)

What was life like for the people of Copeland during World War II? Find out about rationing, air raids, gas masks, fun and games.

The Romans are coming (KS2)

Beacon Museum staff bring the sights, sounds and smells of ancient Rome into schools. Togas, original artefacts and some very fishy smells will bring the life and times of the Romans alive in your classroom.

Roman armour

Step back in time and discover how early humans lived, learn about human evolution from primitive Homo sapiens through to our Iron Age ancestors.

Washday blues (KS1)

Washday Blues is a hands-on activity session taking children back to the harsh realities of daily domestic life in Victorian times.

Time detectives

Go back in time and explore 19th Century Industrial Whitehaven. Learn what life was like for the working class and find out how they survived without electricity or sanitation.


Local scheme




Phone: 01946 592302

This resource pack is provided by Get Cumbria Buzzing! An exciting pollinator project delivered by Cumbria Wildlife Trust and partners. This project aims to work with schools and local communities to create havens for wild pollinators such as bumblebees, butterflies and hoverflies.

The education programme will bring fun, engaging, relevant and interesting pollinator science to schools in the local area with strong links to the curriculum.

For more detailed information visit: https://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/getcumbriabuzzingOverview

Lesson Plans

A singing project for KS1/KS2 pupils (with videos specifically for children with special educational needs coming soon), funded by Cumbria Music Hub.

In the videos Bryony Jarman-Pinto teaches, in short bursts good for little attention spans, some of her favourite songs for children. You can see the videos here: http://www.bluejamarts.org/sing-a-song/.

Trellis Arts in collaboration with Cumbria Music Hub had developed a mini sing last year which unfortunately had to be cancelled.

However Trellis Arts through an Arts Council Project grant have now developed the live performance into a series of 6 video episodes which can be played at the most suitable time for you. There are songs and activities to take part in.

They are happy to set up an introduction to the project should you want to learn more do get in touch with Sarah if you are interested.

We are asking participating schools to contribute £95.

The project includes:

  • 6 x weekly episodes with accompanying activities
  • A teachers resource pack
  • 1 x online gallery to share the work created by participating children
  • 2 x CPD sessions for teachers to share good practice. First session will be on Wednesday 24 March at 4pm, the second tbc.
  • 1 x schools symposium exploring the challenges and successes of remote working on creative activities in partnership with CMEH and Frame ( West Cumbria Cultural Education Partnership)

If you would like to take part, please email me at sarahpkekus@gmail.com and I will send you a link to the CPD session and a registration form.

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Lunches in the LibraryEvery Wednesday 11:30am – 13:30pm during the Summer holidays, you can collect a FREE lunch bag containing a healthy lunch, colouring crayons and various activity sheets.

Cockermouth Library
88-92 Main Street
CA13 9LU

National Programmes

Quizzes & Competitions

Lowes Court Gallery are running an art competition throughout September.  Entries will be on display throughout October at the gallery.

For more information or if you have any questions please call Natalie Burns on 07825340585 or visit https://evanevents.co.uk/event/egremont-on-the-easel/

Activities for in the classroom or at home

Get Arty with Artful Parent CLICK HERE for ideas to inspire you to get creative with your children at home.

One of our business partners have come up with a range of challenges and activities to keep the little ones (and big ones!) entertained.

They would love to see your completed activities so please share by tagging Balfour Beatty plc #expertengineers or email community.engagement@balfourbeatty.com

All the activities are available to download below.