Museum Schools Services

What museums can do for your school.

FREE Museum Handling Sessions and Loan Boxes are  available to all West Lothian Schools

Our school resources have been designed to put museum collections at the heart of learning and to support the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Free School Sessions

We bring real museum objects into the classroom for pupils to see, touch (with gloves) and smell. We understand that not all schools are in a position to receive visitors right now and we can also deliver sessions using the Teams App on GLOW. The following sessions are available

ww1 box

  • When Granny was a Girl (suitable for P3-P7)
  • The Victorians (suitable for P4-P7)
  • The Egyptians (P3-P7)
  • WW1 (suitable for P6-P7)
  • WW2 (suitable for P6-P7)
  • The Geology of West Lothian  (suitable for P4-P7)
  • Toys and Games (suitable for P1-2)  

We  are able to deliver the following sessions (in-person only)

  • Archaeology (suitable for P4-P7)
  • Local Study (P4-P7)

If you book a WW1 session, we will bring along a scrapbook from the museum collection put together by 10 year old Robert Topping from Whitburn during the war. We have been able to digitise the scrapbook with the kind support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Download Icon for pdf Robert Topping's scrapbook [10.15MB] and allow your pupils to explore a real local WW1 treasure.

Contact the Museums Service for further information and to book a session. Hurry as our sessions are booked up very quickly.

Free Museum Loan Boxes

We  also now offer a range of museum learning boxes which are designed to enhance the classroom learning experiences. The following boxes are available for loan:

  • Toys and Games
  • WW2: Rationing
  • WW2: Evacuees
  • Scotland: 1950s and 1960s
  • Egyptians
  • Mining
  • The Victorian Classroom (we can offer a learning session to introduce this topic)

Contact the Museums Service for further information and to book your box. Boxes are available for a loan period of two weeks.

Note: The Museums Service has develop Covid-19 procedures and accompanying risk assessments to ensure that we can offer a safe learning experience to West Lothian's pupils.