School Visits

The Lightbox Learning Team offers a wide range of School Visits which can be linked to the National Curriculum through our Local History displays and The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art.  We have developed a range of activity sessions, offering school groups of all ages the opportunity to explore our galleries and take part in hands on creative workshops.  

Activity sessions for school groups will last approximately two hours and include a creative workshop in our Education Studio and a visit to the relevant exhibition. Activity sessions can be adapted for different age groups and subject areas and are suitable for students in Key Stage 1 and above. Some of the topics available are outlined below, but we are also able to work with schools to develop special programmes.

Self guided School Visits 
School groups that wish to enjoy The Lightbox at their own leisure are able to book a self guided tour at a cost of £15 for up to 30 children (a maximum of 60 children are able to visit at any one time). This is so that we can ensure an enjoyable visit and that any resources are available for you to guide your group around the building at your own pace. Some of our resources are available as downloads here which can also be used as teaching aids during and after your visit. 

Please note that if you come to us for a self guided tour without booking, we cannot guarantee that there will be space for your group.

If you would like to discuss booking a school visit then please contact the Learning Team on 01483 737807 or:

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“Please do pass on my HUGE, heartfelt thanks to Heather, Amy and Dajana for ANOTHER FABULOUS gallery visit and workshop session at the lovely Lightbox yesterday. They all did a wonderful job in their various roles and are very suited to them and approachable for the girls to interact with… The visit absolutely ticks all the right boxes for us as a school in terms of being a safe, secure environment (I often feel it is just ‘ours’ when we are there as the general public are so unobtrusive) It is not so overwhelming as a gallery space to intimidate, yet it is grand and impressive enough to feel they have been to a ‘proper’ gallery and had a good look around! The collection as always, proves exciting and stimulating with a few surprises thrown in… Thank you once again, keep up the superb work you do – I only wish I could come every week for something enriching…

Amanda Earl, Art Specialist, Holy Cross School, Feb 2016

Activity Topics

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art
The Lightbox is home to The Ingram Collection and hosts changing exhibitions of work from this collection. Please contact the Education department for more details of works currently on show. Participants will take part in gallery activities focusing on 2D or 3D artworks from The Ingram Collection and take part in a creative workshop to make something to take home with them. Suitable for Key Stages 1 - 4.

Explore the materials that artworks are made from, see if you can lift a bronze ingot and use a variety of materials to make your own mini gallery. Suitable for Key stages 1 and 2, Art and Design, Science, D & T.

The Art of Storytelling
Be inspired by the sculptures, paintings or artefacts on display to create amazing stories. Role play, puppet making and lots of speaking and listening are all included in this activity visit. Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2, English, Art and Design.

Being inspired by the portraits in sculptures and 2D artworks will give you the chance to produce your own clay head to take home.  Looking at materials and ways in which sculpture is made will develop arts knowledge and discussion.  Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2, Art and Design, D&T.

Kenneth Wood – Local Superhero 
Discover the story of local inventor and entrepreneur Kenneth Wood and the face behind the famous Kenwood mixer. Study the Kenwood displays, handle real artefacts and design and create your own invention. Suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 History, Art and Design, D & T.

The Coming of the Railway
Discover how Woking has changed from farming to commerce and what the Victorians did on the Coffin Express! Use the interactive display to see how your area has changed and take part in a themed creative activity in the Education Studio. Suitable for Key stages 1 and 2, History, Art and Design.

The Tudors in Woking
Handle original Tudor objects found on the site of Woking Palace, a royal hunting lodge owned by Henry VIII; explore the difference between the Tudor rich and poor and dress up as a Tudor nobleman – or a beggar! -  and make your own coat of arms badge. Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2, History, Art and Design.

Advance booking is essential for all school groups, including self-guided tours. Visiting groups who wish to have Lightbox led activity sessions must book at least two months in advance of their visit. In order to ensure an enjoyable visit, there is a maximum class size of 30 children per activity session and up to two sessions can be run simultaneously. Activity sessions can be adapted for different age groups and are suitable for students in Key Stage 1 and above. 

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Image credits: Photos of a school visit © Kim Pike


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