Our Philosophy is Life Long Learning
The Museum works with schools, adult special need groups, senior citizens groups as well as local history societies, U3A and other groups. The Ferrers Community Room provides groups with a dedicated learning space big enough for a full class and allows evening classes and lectures to take place.
We have a wide range of expertise in working with educational groups, and have many school groups visit us for curriculum work and we are able to loan objects and education boxes to schools to support classroom work (e.g. on the 17th Century and World War II). We also have 30 replica 17th century costumes for children to use at the Museum or for schools to borrow. We have leaflets and worksheets for children to use in the two galleries.
We work with disability groups in the Museum and we have experience of reminiscence work with older people. We are also a useful base for educational groups wishing to visit Ashby Castle and Grace Dieu Priory.
Local history groups often visit us for talks, museum visits or guided walks around Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
We have a dedicated Education Co-ordinator. Let us take the hard work out of a school visit by planning and delivering a special hands-on activity session in the Museum for your pupils.
Museum visits give children the chance to experience history through real objects.
Our dedicated education team can help to give your school Museum visit real WOW factor.
We can help you plan an activity session in the Museum to suit your requirements and topics.
Here are some examples of what we can do but we can tailor other sessions to suit you and your children:
Toys Old and New
World War II – The Home Front
Behind the scenes at the Museum
Ashby then and now
(looking at maps and photographs new and old)
Ashby the Spa Town
(a look at Ashby Baths with follow up activities in school)
(This session aims to stimulate creative writing based on historical characters who did "scary" or brave things.)
If you wish to use us for your educational work contact the Museum by phoning 01530 560090 during our opening hours, or email our Education Co-ordinator Jeff Humphries at
The Museum also offers a selection of boxes, each filled with items from a specific time or event. Click on the links below for details: