Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Coventry Transport Museum, Millenium Place, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1JD

Contact: 024 7623 7523



Coventry Transport Museum has the largest collection of British road transport in the world and is a great place to learn new things and enjoy new experiences, whether you come with your family or with your school or college.

Our dedicated Learning Team deliver engaging sessions for pupils of all ages. The Museum is an ideal setting for learning outside the classroom and our hands-on sessions cover a wide range of curriculum areas.

Coventry Transport Museum is pleased to be a Children’s University learning destination.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
A visit to Coventry Transport Museum provides a fantastic opportunity to get outside the classroom and inspire your pupils with authentic collections and exciting new displays ranging from the first cycles to the fastest car in the world.

We offer sessions led by experienced museum education staff or resources for your own teacher-led visit, with options for the full range of Key Stage 1 and 2, including SEN and SEBD. We know that primary teachers are looking for activities which support cross-curricular learning, so all our workshops link to multiple curriculum areas. A visit to Coventry Transport Museum not only enhances pupil engagement with core curriculum topics, but also offers enrichment by bringing students into an inspiring new learning environment.

For educational organisations wanting a completely independent visit with no specialist input from our learning team, general visits are available. These are particularly popular with international school and college groups visiting the UK, to improve their language skills and explore aspects of this country’s heritage.

We provide:
Free admission
An opportunity to explore Coventry’s unique motoring heritage
A short welcome and introduction to the museum

Although there’s no charge, you’ll still need to book with us.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We are holders of the LOtC Quality Badge

What does a typical educational visit include?
Key Stages 1 & 2

Our learning officer led sessions are highly interactive and inspiring learning experiences. We use museum objects to tell the story of Coventry comparing the past and present and exploring how important events relate to global history. Your pupils will look at and engage with historical evidence to understand how historians make decisions about how historical stories are told. Our sessions also incorporate STEM.

The following sessions are available:

Blitz Handling
Evacuee Experience
Victorian Cycles
Storytelling (for Foundation and Key Stage 1)
The Need for Speed (years 5 & 6 exploring the Land Speed Record)
Arts Award Discover in a Day (in conjunction with a visit to the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum)

We also offer teacher-led trails that are an aid for a self-guided visit around the galleries

Key Stages 3, 4 & 5
The Need for Speed (years 7 & 8 exploring the Land Speed Record)

Key Stage 3 Quiz (Self-led quiz enabling students to learn more about the collection and Coventry’s important contribution to the motor industry.)

Please contact us for information about new activities for keys stages 3,4 & 5

What group sizes do you cater for?
Our sessions cater for one class of around 30 children at a time. It is usually possible to accommodate 2 or 3 classes in one day depending on which workshop is chosen.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Unless otherwise stated, children can take photographs as long as they turn their flash off. Photography is restricted for some exhibitions.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We provide a model risk assessment

Does your venue have an education officer?
Nicky McIntosh 0247 6237523.

What is the cost of the visit?
Sessions cost £3 per pupil (£40 minimum charge) or £5 per pupil (£60 minimum charge) for two sessions. Teacher-led trails cost £2 per pupil. Arts Award Discover in a Day costs £7 per pupil, including assessment and certificates. Travel bursaries of up to £200 are sometimes available for pupils taking part in two sessions, funded through the Museums & Schools programme.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
We endeavour to always have a first aider on site, however we advise schools to bring a first aider to ensure direct and prompt medical assistance.

Please list facilities available.
Coffee Shop
Packed lunch area

What are your disabled facilities?
There is wheelchair access suitable for unaccompanied wheelchair users to most parts of the Museum. Please ask for help in accessing Model World.

Lift access is provided to both floors of the Museum, and we also have a small number of wheelchairs available free of charge for visitors to use whilst at the Museum. These chairs are allocated on a first come first served basis, although any advance requests will be considered. Please contact the Museum on 024 7623 4270 for more information.

The toilets, including accessible facilities, are on the ground floor to the left of the main entrance beside the café, and also on the first floor next to the Transport Technology exhibition.

Makaton symbols are at the entrance to each new exhibition to explain the theme for that space.

The new exhibitions have a mixture of written material, pictures, audio, video and interactives.

The videos and interactives have special directional speakers. The sound does not carry across the space, but can still be heard when you stand close to the speakers. There are subtitles for main videos with commentary.

The Workdays and Holidays exhibition is a dedicated multi-sensory space, with scents, sounds and tactile items available to use. The scents and sounds are contained and can be accessed by lifting a handle or telephone handset.

All of our vehicle and object labels are in large print, with a special background tint to reduce glare.

Visual aids, such as magnifying sheets, are available to borrow free of charge from reception.

What are your opening days and hours?
Our normal opening hours Monday - Sunday (including bank holidays) are: 10.00am - 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Open every day of the year except 24 – 26 December and 1 January.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
‘Highlighted the historical change over time and consolidated work we have done using secondary resources. Was great to have 1st hand experience’ Feb 2017

‘Added to previous learning, helped them understand the bicycles better by seeing them (and touching !!). All the children enjoyed it - they were very excited about coming and will be going home excited too.’ March 2017

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We run a programme of CPD events for teachers throughout the year for you to find out what we offer, learn new skills or to take some time out for inspiration from our collections.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Historical Heritage Motorsports Museums Picnic Areas Science & Technology SEN

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology Engineering History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December