Winding House Museum, South Wales / Amgueddfa Tŷ Weindio, De Cymru
Cross Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, NP24 6EG
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
The Winding House is the museum for Caerphilly County Borough and has an exciting, award winning Schools Programme built around the History Curriculum for Wales, Cwricwlwm Cymreig and the Literacy and Numeracy framework.
Our engaging, hands-on approach aims to bring history to life in a meaningful way. Pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of a subject by carrying out an enquiry that develops their historical skills by asking and answering questions, using a variety of evidence, interpretation and communicating their findings. Our activities work in line with the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and the Draft Curriculum for Wales 2022.
The Winding House is pleased to announce an exciting Outreach Learning Programme new for September 2019.
A workshop with our Learning Officer will bring the experience of history to your school.
Discover how people in Wales have lived throughout the ages.
Explore the changes that have affected ordinary people and shaped the landscape of today.
Experience history through our interactive activities and object handling sessions.
Our workshops are listed below:
‘Roman Around’ – Key Stage 2
Life for the Silures changed forever in AD 43 when the Romans launched their conquest of Wales. This workshop allows students to experience life in Wales during the Roman conquest; both for soldiers and the people they conquered. Students will discover how life changed for the tribes of Wales and what legacies the Romans left that remain today. Interactive activities, including role play, object handling and clay modelling allow children to explore life in Roman Wales. The experience of the lives of Roman soldiers will also be explored as the students go to boot camp in AD 43.
‘Victorian Valleys’ – Foundation Phase & Key Stage 2
Throughout the valleys of Victorian Wales the rapidly growing industries of iron, coal and rail brought great changes to both the landscape and the way that people lived. This workshop explores these changes to the lives of men, women and children during the course of the Victorian era. Exploring life and work in an industrial landscape will allow students to reflect on the legacy of heavy industry in contemporary valleys communities. We use object handling, costumes, firsthand accounts and role play to interpret the experiences of men, women and children and how these changed during Victoria’s reign.
‘Life in Wartime’ – Key Stage 2
When war broke out in 1939 very few realised the effect that the conflict would have on the people of Britain. They became caught up in their very own warzone, famously known as ‘The Home Front’
Our ‘Life in Wartime’ workshop aims to give your group a greater understanding of the Home Front in Wales.
We use a wide range of sources to engage the children including genuine and replica uniforms, original sources and photographs, genuine and replica handling objects, posters and role-play. Using these sources the group will investigate the themes of conscription for men and women and the role of the Bevin Boys, air raids, rationing and evacuation.
Visits are also available to the Winding House for workshops on Victorian Valleys and Life in Wartime. Built on the site of the former Elliot Colliery, the museum houses the impressive Victorian Winding Engine, which personifies the industrial history of the area.
Bespoke workshops are available upon request.