Teacher Resources

We have a range of free resources to support teachers and home educators. Our Learning From Home sessions explore different aspects of Roman life, while the Museum From Home library is full of creative ideas.

Why not head to our online catalogue and explore the collections? The Colchester Through Time series is a great place to start if you’re looking at local history!

Downloadable Resources

Hidden Histories

Mansa Musa
Inspired by our West African Gold display, this worksheet is suitable for KS3 children (ages 11-14).
 
Leader of the empire of Mali from around 1280, Mansa Musa is the richest person who ever lived!

Hidden Histories

The Catalan Atlas
Inspired by our West African Gold display, this worksheet is suitable for KS3 children (ages 11-14).
 
The Catalan Atlas represents the known regions of the world in 1375!

Hidden Histories

West African Gold
We have used medieval gold objects to tell the story of the great empires and the influence they had on Europe. 
 
This teacher’s resource is suitable for KS2 children (ages 7-11).

Learning From Home: Session 6

Roman Science
Our e-resources on Roman Colchester support teaching children in KS2 (ages 7-11).
 
Discover the range of things we use today, which were brought to us by the Romans!

Learning From Home: Session 5

Roman Entertainment
Our e-resources on Roman Colchester support teaching children in KS2 (ages 7-11).
 
We’ve got theatres, gladiators and board games. “Are you not entertained?!

Learning From Home: Session 4

Roman Religion
Our e-resources on Roman Colchester support teaching children in KS2 (ages 7-11).
 
Learn about the hundreds of different gods and goddesses the Romans worshipped!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Museum From Home

Collections Online

 

We hold over 200,000 records of objects, documents, artefacts and specimens: from Natural Science collections spanning millions of years, to a wide range of Social History objects!

Museum From Home

 

Looking for things to do? We have a wide variety of activities to educate and entertain all ages. Inspired by the collections across Colchester and Ipswich, from art to nature, archaeology to social history, let us bring the museum to you!

You can follow us on social media for new ideas or find our library below.

#MuseumFromHome

What's On

Events

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.

Saved for the nation, ‘Walton Bridges’ will be on display at Colchester Castle from the 26th September 2020 – 6th June 2021.

 

Where will your adventure start?