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Primary Education

Covid 19 Update for Primary Schools

School visits to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens are currently suspended due to Covid 19 restrictions. Sign up to our teachers e-newsletter for updates of when our school visits and programmes will restart.  You can also get updates via our website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

We are now offering virtual school visits with digital sessions, virtual tours and handling materials for use in your classroom with pre and post visit resources. For primary schools these include local history (Seaside Holidays, Coalmining and Shipbuilding), science (Bones and Skeletons, Dinosaurs & Fossils) and cross curricular topics (Rainforests). More virtual sessions (Growing Plants and Lowry Landscapes) are in development so keeping checking back for updates.

Schools can also borrow Museum in a Box artefact boxes from the Museum with supporting classroom activities for periods of 1 – 4 weeks. Museum learning staff can come out to schools in the Sunderland area to deliver workshop sessions in accordance with your school’s Covid health and safety guidelines.

Visit the School WorkshopsLearning Resources and Museum in Box pages to find out more.

To find out more or to make a booking please contact Marie Harrison, Public Engagement & Learning Officer at [email protected].

National Partners Programme

Sunderland Culture are currently taking part in a 3-year (2019 – 2022) National Partners Programme with Arts Council Collection, bringing the best of British modern and contemporary art to Sunderland and the region. Recent temporary exhibition Paint the Town in Sound was curated by Sunderland band Field Music and explores the connections between art and music.

Future Arts Council Collection exhibitions include Field for the British Isles by Antony Gormley at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (24 July – 25 September 2021) and the return of Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences to the Museum & Winter Gardens (April – July 2022). These exhibitions are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and are part of a series of Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibitions.

To work with us on future NPP schools programmes please contact Posy Jowett, Public Engagement & Learning Officer) [email protected].