British Schools Museum

British Schools Museum


It’s a fantastic place to take children for something fun, educational and literally ‘old school’! We’ve been for maypole dancing and arts and crafts as well as a tour of the museum. It’s great for children and adults alike. 🙏💕
Thank you for an absolutley wonderful morning at your Kids Discovery Day, My little one loved every activity and has proudly shown her handmade toys to her Daddy this afternoon. We look forward to the next event we are able to come to.
Cant reccommend this lovely place enough.
A group of WI members from Suffolk had a very enjoyable day at the museum. Many thanks to all the volunteers.
I passed this earlier. Nicola Griffiths asked if I wanted to visit? I politely declined. I'm on holiday after all 👨🏼‍🎓

An Accredited Museum of elementary education in an original school setting. The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is set in the unique set of school buildings that developed on the site.

Our classrooms are open to the public and are furnished and equipped to show the history of elementary education from 1810 to 1969 - when the last children moved away from the site. The museum is run by the Hitchin British Schools Trust.


One of our volunteers, Ruth, took this photo of the flowers outside the museum during one of her daily walks, normally tended to by our gardening volunteers.
They’re in full bloom and brightly coloured - almost heart shaped! Very apt!


We're looking forward to welcoming visitors back as soon as it's safe. In the meantime our Easter chicks and bunnies seem to be making the most of the beautiful garden. Happy holiday everyone.


What a Happy Easter!

Last week two wonderful ladies who work in the paediatric ward at the Lister Hospital in Herts came to visit us in the popup...

They mentioned the difficulties they are having because of Covid-19 and that only single use games/activities can be used to give to the children.

Today we had the lovely Denise, on behalf of the British Schools Museum, drop by and donate 100 single-use craft kits! Thank you so much, it will mean the world to the children #helpnhsheroes


We may be closed, but all the Easter craft activities we created have gone to a wonderful cause. We packaged over 100 sets and donated them to Lister Hospital for the key workers and children on the wards. They will be suitably quarantined. Thank you NHS heroes! Help NHS heroes


Ruth, one of our volunteers, took this photo of the museum while out on one of her daily strolls... what, no traffic?!


It seems spring is in the air! Thanks to our gardening volunteers, we have some beautiful arrangements - here are some photos to enjoy!

[03/18/20]   Please note that the latest term of Yoga School has now been postponed. Stay well and we will be back saluting the sun just as soon as it is safe to do so.


Really glad you enjoyed it! So... can anyone beat the library's time?

Last night a few of our staff attempted the escape room at the British Schools Museum 📖 and made it out just in time, with only 1 minute and 28 seconds spare!

This was a really great experience that challenged us (and inspired us 😉 ) to think outside the box and work together 🗝

#HYOC2020 #britishschoolsmuseum #escaperoom


Fear not! Here at the British Schools we have plenty of (carbolic) soap to go around! All joking aside, we are doing all that we can to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and we will be continuing to open as normal. Come and see us this weekend, Saturday 10am - 4pm & Sunday 2pm - 5pm.


Comedy Magician and Mindreader Ian Keable with Gok Wan

Have you got your tickets to see #IanKeable perform his show on Dickens at the British Schools Museum tonight? Here's a taster of what he does . Get your tickets here:

Comedy Magician and Mindreader, Ian Keable, Member of the Inner Magic Circle and Winner of The Magic Circle Comedy Award, performing on the Alan Titchmarsh s...


Here are the latest pupils to escape detention! Find out more about our escape rooms and how to book here:


Our Victorian lessons are back in session for 2020! First one is this Sunday and lessons are included in admission price! Book your place here:


Charles Dickens was an amateur conjurer for around 7 years of his life - who knew?!
We have a special talk and show by Ian Keable on 3 March, who will be performing Dickens' magic!
Part of our Dreamers, Radicals and Satirists season at the BSM.
#HYOC2020 25/02/2020

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Consider yourself a budding ghosthunter? There are a few chances this year to investigate the British Schools Museum in the dead of night! This is the next one we have coming up... Buy tickets now for our haunted venues and have a night to remember!


Some amazing storytelling with our shadow puppets - there are still places available for our halfterm children's activities this afternoon! 19/02/2020

The Secret World of Charles Dickens

We have comedy magician @iankeable coming to kick off our Tuesday Talks series for 2020! Ian will be talking about Charles Dicken's life as an amateur conjurer and even show you a few tricks from his repertoire. More info and tickets here:
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Looking for something for the kids over halfterm? Check out the Storytelling Discovery Days this Wednesday and Thursday, AM and PM!


We're kicking off our half term activities with Dancing for Fun today! See our website for Wednesday and Thursday's 'Storytelling' activity days! 11/02/2020

British Schools Museum

Check out all of our great events and activities we have coming up, for kids and big kids alike!


Great news! We are reopening next week on Friday 14th Feb! Check out our website for all of the great things we have going on, including our latest exhibition...


More Friday & Saturday dates in February now available! Booking available here:
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Glad you had a good time! 😁

Escape Room in the British Schools Museum
It was a cold Saturday evening when Susan Downie, John Gooden, Mike DS, Mike W and Michael R were all poised to Escape from the Victorian classroom at the British Schools Museum.
We met in the recently Rotary refurbished Volunteers Hub then went to the classroom when the quest to Escape began.
There was a strict Victorianesque teacher – our very own Denise.
We had 60 minutes to Escape.
After much scratching of heads, some swearing and a lot of brain power, we Escaped !
Albeit after 59 minutes and 32 seconds !
Phew, mission accomplished. Time flew by and we did it without our mobile phones !


We had a great day on Saturday with Barri Ghai for his EVP masterclass! We look forward to some more of his investigations...


Back by popular demand. Our fun and friendly Yoga sessions will start up again on the 15th of March. You can book your place here:-


More dates added for our School Ghost Walks! Also, a few more spaces for our January walk are now available! Book now to avoid disappointment:


What a great end to the year thanks to Imajica Theatre Company! Our visitors even managed to meet the big man in red himself (thanks Santa!). We at the museum would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year- check back in January for the exciting events we have planned for 2020!


We've had great fun with our elf friends from Imajica Theatre Company today! Last chance to see the show tomorrow at 11am! Tickets available from here:


SANTA'S COMING TODAY! He'll be visiting the museum at 11am and 3pm today, and 11am tomorrow- have you got your tickets yet?


We're very excited that Santa and his North Pole Elves will be coming to visit the British Schools Museum this weekend for a panto (oh yes we are!). More details and how to book here:


Oh, the weather outside is frightful... But that's not stopping us! Come out of the rain and warm yourself with a steaming hot cup of mulled wine and warm mince pie! There are also plenty of Christmas bargains to get your hands on! Today only, 10am - 1.30pm!


Our Escape Rooms are back...
Find out more here:


Opening of the Yvonne Limbrick Volunteer Hub

The new 'Yvonne Limbrick Volunteer Hub' is now open, with thanks to a grant and volunteer help from Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary Club and Howdens.
The education volunteers have already made use of it this morning!

The opening of the Yvonne Limbrick Volunteer Hub at the British Schools Museum on 2 Dec 2019, having been refurbished by volunteers and a grant from the Hitc...


Thanks to @hitchintilehouserotary, we have had a grant and lots of volunteer help to create a new Volunteer Hub at the museum. Mike and his Rotary volunteers have done an amazing job, and @HowdensHitchin very kindly donated the kitchenette. Can't wait for the opening on 2 Dec!
BSM volunteers will now have some where warm to have a coffee, grab some lunch and have a natter. With vistas of the whole site, education volunteers will be able to see when the schools arrive. It will also be a place for old and current volunteers to catch up.


North Pole Elves

Excited News!!!! straight from the North Pole, Santa and the team are heading over to the British Schools Museum in Hitchin just before Christmas with their all singing and dancing Christmas production created for the younger audience.

This interactive show is filled with Christmas Classics, lots of opportunities for the children to join in and we hope you leave us full of Christmas Cheer.

At the end of the show Children can have a photo taken with the Big man in read himself and the elves on set. A magical way to start your Christmas celebrations

The event is Saturday 21st Dec with shows at 11am and 3pm and Sunday 22nd with a show at 11am.

Tickets are just £6 and available now from the Museum's website...

Children with additional needs are welcome to all of our shows!

Please help spread the word!

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If you've missed the Haunted Headmaster's House tonight, don't worry! There's a chance to see the lights on version this weekend: Fri & Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm. The guy in this picture has been waiting in line for a while... 💀


Dare you brave our Haunted Headmaster's House?! Lights off version tonight only... 🎃


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A spooky feast being created for our Haunted Headmaster's House!! Tickets from our website: #halloween #hauntedhouse #ghost #britishschoolsmuseum #hitchin #museum #scary #creepy #october #spiders #maggotbiscuits


Thanks to Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary Club volunteers who are helping us to create a new Volunteer Hub at the museum so that our amazing volunteers can have some R&R. This Saturday we started putting together the bench, we've finished most of the painting and we've started putting together a kitchenette generously donated by Howdens!


Without Jill Grey, The British Schools might not be here today. Come along on Thursday 24th October, the eve of what would have been her 100th birthday, to discover more about Jill's amazing life and legacy. For tickets, call 01462-420144 or book online here:-


We're preparing our Haunted Headmaster's House for Halloween - it will be open as part of our Halloween Children's Activities and then in the evening for older children and teenagers! More info and how to book here...


Don't forget our fascinating talk this evening. You can book on line, or there may still be tickets on the door.


The next in our popular series of Tuesday Talks takes us to the fascinating continent of South America. 1st of October. Doors at 7pm talk at 7.30pm. Book on line or call us on 01462-420144

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