Each year, thousands of school pupils and their teachers visit the Museum - and we get consistently positive feedback from their visits.The terrible story of the loss of life and the decision villagers took to quarantine themselves provides a moving and powerful example of self sacrifice.
The plague story coupled with the history of the village before and after the plague provides a fascinating breadth of material that can be used in exploring various aspects of the curriculum, both during the visit to the museum, and in walking through the village.
A lecture room with a seating capacity of about 30 is available where our video, which provides a graphic introduction to the Museum and the story of the village, and lasts about 15 minutes, can be seen. The professionally produced video is specifically scripted for children up to 11 years old. Parties of more than 30 can be accommodated in the lecture room in successive groups but its best if the video is seen before going round the Museum.
The visit as a whole will take between 35 and 60 minutes. We provide worksheets that can be used to prepare the children for their visit and others to be used as classwork afterwards to reinforce the lessons learned.
We provide a risk assessment as part of our teachers pack. We have a gift shop which, we pride ourselves, will satisfy even the most particular of child shoppers!
We recommend that you include the church in your visit to the village. The church was here at the time of the plague. There are easy walks within the village and its surrounds to places mentioned in the Museum: the Riley Graves, the Boundary Stone and Mompesson’s well, for example.
Many groups walk down to the Cucklet Church, the scene of the open-air services. Many houses bear plaques giving the names of those who died there, such as the “Plague Cottages” themselves, where George Viccars was the first plague victim. The Village Stocks, the Water Troughs, Eyam Hall, and the Silk Factory with its pigeon loft can also be seen in the village.
We can post a teachers pack to enable you to more easily decide and plan your trip. Full details are available on the Resources page.
We believe that passing on our knowledge of the plague story to today’s generation is our most important function.
We also want to help anyone interested in researching the plague and its effects. So we will be happy to share what we know, and contribute to further research and analysis. Anyone interested in this field should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.