Learning and Aspiration


There is nothing we love more than welcoming children to our theatre and museum. Seeing them come to life, and creating those jaw dropping, lightbulb 'wow' moments is what it is all about.

We continue to work hard to put together a flexible programme of workshops which can be delivered live in your school, in the museum / theatre or online.

We offer a full range of creative, physical and educational work. All workshops are designed with Arts Award in mind. Please get in touch if you'd like more information or wish to deliver Artsmark / Arts Award in your school.

All workshops on our website are suitable for all children, including those with English as a second language, additional needs or disabilities. We're thrilled to present these activities to inspire positivity and aid the imagination of your students.

Please let us know if we can do anything at all to make your experience with us as wonderful as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

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What's our offer?

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Loan Boxes

Our loan boxes bring objects from the past into your classroom, inspiring children's imagination as part of a project. Whether based in a classroom, or as a way of supporting work around a museum visit, they are great at helping children develop enquiry skills and creative learning.

Each offers a variety of objects that help children engage with, and understand, the curriculum topic through authentic replicas, photos and original items.

Our loans boxes are available to collect from Mansfield Museum and cost £40 for a two-week loan. 

We currently have the following loans boxes available to borrow:

  • It Runs Through Us - a Windrush loans box
  • Mansfield Makers: Industries of the past shaping our future
  • Technology Marvels of yesteryear
  • Rediscovering Mansfield - a look at Mansfield's past

For further information, or to make a booking, please email Rachael on rboaler@mansfield.gov.uk

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Visits becoming tricky?

If you are coming to us for a performance or workshop, we are delighted to welcome Freeway Coaches as our preferred supplier. Please contact Freeway Coaches direct on 01773 811711 and quote that you are working with us. 


Youth Theatre

Mansfield Palace Youth Theatre is the perfect place to grow in confidence, find your voice and make new friends. We meet weekly in term time at the Palace Theatre with free taster sessions available via lhopkinson@mansfield.gov.uk.

Technical Academy

Fortnightly on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm, for young people aged 13-19. The academy students will work with industry professionals to learn all aspects of technical theatre, including light, sound and stage design.

Get This

We want to empower looked after young children to think creatively through creative opportunities or work experience. We can deliver activities in school or in our Theatre or Museum.

Write Track

Fortnightly on Thursdays, from 6.30pm to 8pm. This is for those who enjoy writing and want to learn more about creating characters, poems, building worlds and sharing stories. Fun and friendly workshops with a professional writer.

Future Movement

In partnership with Rambert Dance, we are offering young people aged 16 to 21 an opportunity to explore different aspects of the arts as well as meeting with and learning from current leading professionals in their fields.

Under 5's Stay and Play

Join us at Mansfield Museum the second and forth Friday of each month between 12.30pm to 2pm, for fun craft and messy play activities for under 5's.

Museum Explorers 

Would you like to find out about what goes on behind the scenes at Mansfield Museum? Join us to investigate our brilliant objects and try fun activities!

Every third Saturday of each month: 7 to 10 years, 10.30am to 11.30am or 11 to 14 years, 1pm to 2.30pm.

Spaces are limited, please get in touch with us before attending to make sure we have the spaces.

Get in touch

For more information on any of the above opportunities, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page. 

Work Experience

We offer a wide range of work experience opportunities within all areas of the museum. If you have a particular area of interest, we'd love to hear from you.

Mansfield Museum is committed to offering a wide range of work experience opportunities which give a real insight into a career within museums as well as providing opportunities to gain knowledge and skills. Our work experience placements off young people the opportunity to spend time working accross a variety of departments, to gain a broad insight into different types of careers in the arts and heritage sector.

Spend one or two weeks away from the classroom learning about a specific job or area of museum work. You could help re-box and photograph a collection, help plan an exhibition, work alongside our Education Officer to deliver educational workshops, or repair and conserve gallery displays.

 Apply Online Here 

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Home Education

We understand that not all education takes place within a school setting and offer hands-on, fun and practical workshops for those children who are home educated. We run regular sessions at the museum linked to a particular theme, for various abilities including those with additional needs or disabilities. Sessions will take place in person at the museum; places are limited so please chat to us for more information and to book early. 


Mansfield Museum

Rachael Boaler

Education Officer


01623 463051 



Mansfield Palace Theatre

Christopher Neil

Learning and Aspiration Manager


01623 463375