Learning outside the classroom
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
An ambitious overhaul of the Music Hall has provided the 14th century Vaughan's Mansion with the stylish location to exhibit Shropshire and Shrewsbury's impressive history. The light atmosphere, selection of exhibitions and hands on activities will appeal to even the most museum-adverse kids. Collections within the museum include historically significant Roman artefacts, the bones of a Mammoth found in Shropshire and the 16th century Corbet bed with new hangings crafted by the V&A London.
Shrewsbury Castle and The Soldiers of Shropshire Museum
Lessons in history start at Shrewsbury Castle's gates, where Robert de Belesme surrendered to King Henry I in 1102. Kids can explore the lawns and Laura's town before entering The Soldiers of Shropshire Museum to view the regimental uniforms, weapons and other artefacts from the 18th century to modern military.
Based in the distinguished building that housed Shrewsbury High School during Darwin's school days, the Shrewsbury library is a must visit. Before checking out your next favourite novel, visit the 18th century graffiti in the Old School Room. The children's section features fun seating areas for tucking into a good book and games to keep short attention spans entertained.
The Cut Visitor Centre, Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Creating opportunities for young people to explore their creative skills, The Hive organises funded arts programmes to work with children and young people who may be considered vulnerable or at risk. Contribute to the community and get your little ones involved in hands-on workshops. All activities and courses are designed to encourage learning through creativity and fun, different workshops are run throughout the year.