Education at Penlee House
Schools are more than welcome to bring their children and use the galleries for direct teaching in consultation with the Education and Outreach Officer.
Education and Outreach Services
Penlee House is committed to the concept of 'Lifelong Learning' and we offer a range of educational support for all ages, which include the following:
- Gallery and Museum talks and tours
- Handling Sessions
- Loan Boxes
- Schools Workshops
- Saturday and Holiday children's workshops
- Adult workshops
- Museum and Gallery activity sheets
- Talks and/or handling sessions to schools, colleges and local community groups
such as Women's Institutes etc
- Reminiscence sessions using items from our handling collection
We can also cater for groups with special needs, for more details contact the Education and Outreach Officer: email@example.com
All School group visits to Penlee House are free, but must be booked in advance. Schools are more than welcome to bring their children and use the galleries for direct teaching in consultation with the Education and Outreach Officer. Because of the size of our gallery spaces, however, we do have to restrict numbers in any one gallery space at a time, so it may be necessary to split a class into two, one group upstairs and one group downstairs, and then swap them around.
Brief introductory talks
A short introductory talk about the displays is available free to all school groups; this can be targeted to a specific area of study by prior arrangement. The introduction also covers aspects of Health and Safety, housekeeping and how we expect the children to conduct themselves while they are in the Gallery.
A member of Penlee House staff or one of our education volunteers can visit schools and, in conjunction with a classroom teacher, lead an object handling session, using artefacts and costume from our handling collection.
The Gallery and Museum offers handling sessions, which can be tailored to suit a specific groupís visit. The objects are usually in addition to the items available to schools through our schools loan service. The items available in these handling sessions include rarer, valuable and more delicate items that we could not allow out of the Gallery and Museum through our loan service.
Handling sessions include:
∑ The Victorians/Victorian Schools
∑ Home life
∑ Costume and textiles (this comprises looking rather than handling due to the objects' fragile nature)
We are always happy to try to accommodate specific requests.
Self Guided Visits
Schools are more than welcome to bring their children and use the galleries for direct teaching in consultation with the Education and Outreach Officer. Because of the size of our gallery spaces, however, we do have to restrict numbers in any one gallery space at a time, so it may be necessary to split a class into two, one group upstairs and one group downstairs, and then swap them around.
Temporary Exhibition Programme
We have a programme of five special exhibitions each year, each of which features an aspect of the historic art and culture of the area. In addition, we usually have at least one room dedicated to Penlee Houseís collection of Newlyn and Lamorna School paintings, plus galleries dedicated to Archaeology and Social History. Please be aware that is it usually necessary to close the Gallery between exhibitions, so we cannot take school visits at that time.
that we plan our exhibition programme two years in advance, and can therefore provide you with a list of planned exhibitions ahead of your visit, enabling you to programme possible visits into your teaching plan: please see What's On - Exhibitions
for details, or contact us if you require details of what will be on show further into the future. While we realise that some exhibitions will have greater learning potential than others, we plan to develop a number of exhibitions each year that will be accompanied with teaching material both for pre and post visit, including notes and images.