Eastleigh Museum welcomes young visitors to study our permanent display of Eastleigh in the 1930s, which includes room sets and a range of local artefacts. You can also visit our regular changing exhibitions in the special exhibitions gallery. Our special exhibitions often have specific opportunities for schools.
To support Local History Studies we offer a 2 hour led session giving young historians the chance to explore Eastleigh in the past through a range of historic sources including maps, objects donated by residents of the town, documents and photographs. Activities include sorting images, identifying changes on the maps, handling and drawing artefacts and matching them to people from the town's past, and solving puzzles using census returns. KS1 swap the census activity for a study of the room sets (to cover changes in living memory) and they also get a timeline introduction and dressing-up opportunities. Both sessions cover the impact of the coming of the railway and would work well if that is the theme of your topic.
This session uses a range of historic household objects as well as our historic room sets and displays to help children explore homes in the past and discover changes within living memory.
If WW2 is the subject of your local study or your 'Beyond 1066 Study or Aspect' then this two hour session is perfect for your class. It includes activities to help pupils understand rationing, evacuation and safety on the Home Front and uses short transcripts of oral history accounts from people who were evacuated to Eastleigh from Gosport. The session includes a range of resources including sounds, smells and objects from the museum’s collection to handle, as well as fabulous dressing-up costumes!
We don't offer unaccompanied artefact loans but the learning officer can sometimes offer handling sessions in school.
You are also welcome to bring a class for a self-led museum visit, free of charge... but please BOOK AHEAD as we often have other activities going on.
Led school workshops cost £70.00 for a 2 hour session for up to 34 pupils.
To book or discuss a visit, please contact the Cultural Engagement Coordinator on 023 9250 1957, or e-mail
The museum has only one toilet and wash basin. All displays are on the ground floor.