Teacher Resources

Borrow one of our loan boxes to bring objects from the past into your classroom, inspiring children’s imagination at the start of a project. They can help develop your class’s enquiry skills and are a great tool to support post-visit work. 

If you fancy browsing our collections at your own pace, we also have a range of resources that are designed to assist teachers and students on self-guided tours. Alternatively, they can be used to support independent learning in the classroom.

Downloadable Resources

Learning From Home: Session 3

Roman Homes
Our e-resources on Roman Colchester support teaching children in KS2 (ages 7-11).
From culinas to latrinas, explore the different rooms in a Roman House!

Learning From Home: Session 2

Roman Towns
Our e-resources on Roman Colchester support teaching children in KS2 (ages 7-11).
Explore where the Romans lived and what different buildings we used for.

Learning From Home: Session 1

Before the Romans
Our e-resources on Roman Colchester support teaching children in KS2 (ages 7-11).
First up, we look at just how much the Romans influenced life in Britain.

Introduction to Archaeology

The presentation and activities are designed to prepare your class for their visit to Colchester Castle. They can also be used following the visit to reinforce ideas discussed.

Bronze Age

An overview of Bronze Age Essex with activity examples and detailed descriptions of bronze age objects in the collections of Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Fenwick Hoard

The Fenwick Hoard is a significant set of evidence for the history of Colchester and is on display at the Castle. It gives insight into Roman daily life, military, fashion, and the devastating effects of the Boudican Revolt.

Learning from Objects

The presentation and activities are designed to help teachers use objects with their classes. They can also be used following a visit to reinforce the ideas discussed.

Museum From Home

Looking for ideas? Our team have devised a variety of creative activities to help educate, entertain and bring the museum to you!

Stone Age

An overview of Stone Age Essex with activity examples and detailed descriptions of Stone Age objects in the collections of Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Loan Boxes

Ancient Egypt

Explore the world of the pharaohs by handling authentic ancient artefacts and investigating the beliefs, customs and everyday lives of Ancient Egyptians.

Ancient Greece

Learn about the development of Greek artist styles and discover the importance of agriculture, religion and symposia with ancient objects from over 2000 years ago.


Help your pupils imagine life as a WWII evacuee with this suitcase of toys, documents and day-to-day essentials, including a gas mask and ration book.

Rocks And Fossils

Travel back in time whilst exploring the world under our feet, and amaze your pupils as they handle rock and fossil samples that are millions of years old!


Travel to Ancient Rome with your class and discover what daily life was like, as they handle a variety of real and replica objects.

Siege Of Colchester

From weapons to warmth, get your class thinking about the lives of soldiers and civilians during the English Civil War, with a variety of objects and images.

Stone Age To Iron Age

Take your class back thousands of years and explore how their ancestors lived in pre-historic Britain.


Investigate how technology has changed during the 20th century and test out some gadgets and gizmos that were cutting edge.

Tudor And Stuart

Basic daily tasks were much more complicated 500 years ago. Investigate how the Tudors and Stuarts survived and thrived without electricity and modern machinery.

Victorian Childhood

Would your class recognise a stylus from the 1800s or know how to use a diabolo? From learning to playing, explore what life was like for a Victorian child.

Victorian Fashion

Looking good, Victorian style!  Find out what Victorian children and adults would have worn and even try on some replica outfits yourself!

Victorian Kitchen

Have your pupils heard of a slug iron or held a butter pat? Bring cooking to life as you transform your classroom into a Victorian kitchen!

William Gilberd

William Gilberd was a Tudor doctor born in Colchester. He became physician to Elizabeth I and in his spare time, he conducted experiments in magnetism and static electricity.

What's On


Discover something new in Colchester.

Browse the diary to find fun, family-friendly events all year round. 

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme aims to showcase the variety of the collections from art to archaeology, costume to clocks.

Where will your adventure start?