Our collections are at the heart of what we do. They tell the stories of the people who served as the backbone to Scotland's industry.
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Scottish Maritime Museum
We are based in the West of Scotland with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton. On their visit, pupils of all ages can: investigate local and national history; see STEM principles in action; handle real historical objects; enjoy storytelling & outdoor learning; be curious, creative and inspired; and experience a fun and interactive visit led by our friendly, trained and knowledgeable staff. We also offer outreach and help with travel costs.
New Lanark World Heritage Site welcomes groups of all ages. The Site is a fantastic resource for schools to explore. We offer a range of fun interactive opportunities that bring learning to life in a very special setting. We can offer a full day of fun or a customised visit depending on your needs. Activities are designed to support the Curriculum for Excellence and provide a valuable and interesting, cross-curricular learning experience outside the classroom.
Summerlee Museum is a Visit Scotland four star attraction offering a wide range of curriculum linked workshops for all stages including social and industrial history, expressive arts and a number of STEM related topics. Site facilities include bus parking, disabled access, WCs, play park, shop, café and picnic areas. Highlights for visitors include the exhibition hall, Monkland canal and Vulcan barge, as well as coal mine tours and tram rides.
National Mining Museum Scotland
A visit to National Mining Museum Scotland can provide a powerful learning experience that your pupils will never forget. At the heart of the five-star Lady Victoria Colliery lies a mine of information. Pupils will be immersed in historic buildings, see science and engineering in action, explore their local heritage and discover the history of mining through hands-on experiences.
RRS Discovery and Discovery Point
A school visit to Discovery Point offers an enjoyable and informative outing for pupils and teachers alike. Climb aboard Captain Scott’s ship RRS Discovery where you and your class will follow in the footsteps of him and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. It’s a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.
Scottish Fisheries Museum
We offer a diverse range of facilitated and self-led activities for students of all ages and abilities. Our themed workshop sessions allow groups to explore our Nationally Recognised collections as well as handle objects and take on related experiments and challenges. Our Education Centre can be used for activities as well as for lunch or as a cloakroom.
Museum of Lead Mining
The Museum of Lead Mining’s aim is to preserve the heritage of this important lead mining region, which encompassed Wanlockhead and Leadhills. In order to achieve this, we provide a unique, entertaining and educational experience and we can tailor make our tours to suit your educational needs.
Auchindrain is the perfect location for a school trip, particularly one focusing on the Highland Clearances, Scottish history or Gaelic culture. As the last Highland farming township to be inhabited, we have a rich history and offer a hands-on experience, enhancing your delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence.
Shale Oil Stories
The Scottish Shale Museum is part of Almond Valley Heritage Centre. For West Lothian schools, we offer special sessions in the museum that explore the history of the shale oil industry, community life, and other local history themes. We're happy to adapt these to focus on a particular community or a particular interest of a class
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is committed to making our museum appealing to a wide range of educational groups. Above all, we aim to make your visit enjoyable and memorable. The history and collections can provide inspired and original contexts for any number of learning aims. Contact us to see how we can cater for you.
A school visit to Discovery Point offers an enjoyable and informative outing for pupils and teachers alike. Your class will hear the tales of the mill workers, see how they lived and worked in an industry which enveloped Dundee. Explore this amazing building, see (and hear) the machines at work, and step back to a time where the Mills were the heart of Dundee.