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A Fascinating Oiece of Victorian History

We visited the museum with friends and booked a guided tour of the school, which included the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David L
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Great insight into early schooling in the UK

This is a well appointed & staffed Museum that gives a wonderful insight into early schooling in... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
thomsont6
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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A museum of the history of education set in a complex of historic classrooms and schools buildings. With four historic classrooms, the delightful Headmaster's House, displays, exhibitions, cafe and shop, this really is the place where learning comes...more
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41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin SG4 9TS, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum with friends and booked a guided tour of the school, which included the headmmaster's house and the boys' school. The school was built by Joseph Lancaster a Victorian, quaker philanthropist, who was very keen on giving all children a good education....More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is a well appointed & staffed Museum that gives a wonderful insight into early schooling in the UK. Very well worth a visit if you're local or visiting.

Thank thomsont6
Reviewed 18 June 2018

The last remaining intact British School. Well laid out and restored with fascinating information. It makes you wonder about education today which is a far cry from this school, although, I think, the discipline here would be hard to swallow today, more’s the pity. Well...More

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

What a find! This quirky museum is an absolute gem! It’s a genuine Victorian school with perfectly preserved classrooms which provide lots of information about the school system of yesteryear. Currently has a trench experience which is an added bonus. The recreation of the actually...More

Thank essjaygee
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Fab to take kids round to experience the difference in education over the years. Guys who work here are brilliant and make it seem real. Worth a visit and support this superb place

Thank Duncan K
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Second visit today to the schools museum with my six year old daughter and elderly friend. The volunteers on site were beyond welcoming and that is so refreshing with children they actively encouraged children living history, touching, feeling, doing. As a result so much learning...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 29 May 2018

We don't live that far from Hitchin, but we had no idea this place existed! The WW1 exhibition was on when we went & the museum kept both the children (aged 11 & 14) & us entertained for a couple of hours (in fact we...More

Thank Helen0207
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Open on Saturday's this volunteer run museum shows a School from the late Victorian era. The headmasters house is often open and is a throwback to an era when the parlour was used by the family only on Sundays. It was all very reminiscent of...More

Thank Chris Y
Reviewed 28 May 2018

The amazing Herts at War Exhibition is now inside the British Schools Museum. The hard work of everyone involved with Herts at War is shown throughout the exhibition. This is an exhibition of the highest standard. There is so much to see related to WW1...More

Thank Carole1803
Reviewed 12 May 2018

The staff were very friendly and almost insisted on me having a guide.I found the Herts at War exhibition of much interest.The school museum was rather less interesting.

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Linda C
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We are usually open from the February Half-Term week to the end of November at the following times: Fridays from 10am to 4pm Saturdays from 10am to 1pm Sundays from 2pm to 5pm There are also extended opening times and... More
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Linda C
9 August 2017|
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Response from Bazwell1963 | Property representative |
We are usually open from the February Half-Term week to the end of November at the following times: Fridays from 10am to 4pm Saturdays from 10am to 1pm Sundays from 2pm to 5pm There are also extended opening times and lots... More
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