We welcome school visits to the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum.

Visits to the Williamson are free of charge for schools during the hours that we are open to the public. This is currently Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am – 5.00pm, Friday, 10.30am – 9.00pm and Saturday 10.00am – 4.30pm. We ask that you contact Lynn McGinn on 0151 666 3892 / lynnmcginn@wirral.gov.uk to let us know if you are planning to visit during these hours, so that we can plan your visit with you and discuss your requirements.

Schools are also welcome to visit the Williamson while we are closed to the public, on Mondays and Tuesdays, between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Visits during these hours cost £1 per child and must be booked in advance. Please contact Lynn McGinn on lynnmcginn@wirral.gov.uk / 0151 666 3892

School visits to the Williamson are self-led. A member of staff will welcome you to the gallery and give you a class set of 30 clipboards and any resources that you have requested, then we will leave you to explore.

We do ask that children are closely supervised at all times and that an adult is with the children in the same room. Children must not be allowed to move from room to room unaccompanied.

Items in our collection are fragile, expensive, old, or all three. Children must be closely supervised to ensure that they do not touch any of the items on display.

When you book your visit, we will send you details of the schools’ resources that we have available at that time.

We can print resources for your visit, at £2.50 per set of 30 double-sided, colour, A4 sheets. If you prefer, you can print them yourself in school and bring them with you.

We provide the loan of 30 clipboards to use during your visit free of charge.

We also offer the loan of a stationery pack for use during your visit at a cost of £10. The stationery pack includes HB and coloured pencils, rubbers and sharpeners for 30 children and 100 sheets of plain, white, A4 paper. The resource pack is stored in a wheeled trolley so that you can take it with you as you move around the building. Use of the stationery pack must be booked in advance.

We are currently developing a range of sessions led by members the Williamson team, which will enable your pupils to view areas of the collection not on display, such as our Ancient Egyptian collection. Details of these sessions will be published on the Learning at Wirral Museums website as they are made available. If you are interested in discussing the options that are available ahead of their publication on the website, or have any ideas for sessions that you would find useful, please contact Lynn McGinn on 0151 666 3892 / lynnmcginn@wirral.gov.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum soon. If you need to know more about any aspect of our school visits, please get in touch with Lynn McGinn on 0151 666 3892 / lynnmcginn@wirral.gov.uk

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Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral