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 we show a short film that provides a graphic introduction to the Museum and the story of the village. This was produced specifically for children up to 11 years old but all our visitors seem to enjoy watching it.
The visit, on average takes 45 minutes to an hour. Our shop stocks a wide range of gifts and souvenirs at pocket money prices for school children to choose from. Some schools request to purchase gifts in advance, for collection on the day of their visit. To do this visit our online shop. Select your goods and choose ‘pick up’ at checkout. We will have your order packaged and ready to go on the day of your visit.
We recommend that you visit the church when you are in the village. The church was here at the time of the plague. There are easy walks within the village and its surroundings to the Riley Graves, the Boundary Stone and Mompesson’s well, for example.
Many groups walk down to the Cucklet Delf, the scene of the open-air services. Many houses bear plaques giving the names of those who died, such as the 'Plague Cottages', 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.
All information to help you plan your visit can be downloaded from 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 efffects. We are happy to share what we know, and contribute to further research and analysis. Anyone interested in getting more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org