Education at the museum

As five times winner of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, the museum has a proven record for providing quality educational activities for Reception, KS1 and KS2.

We provide fantastic value for money with every tour led by a professional Museum Educator. We also offer a discount on full day tours for Cannock Chase District schools.

Due to the Tier 3 guidelines the museum is closed and therefore we are not offering school tours in the museum. However, we are offering a loan box service until we can run school tours. If you would like more information on this service please contact

Prior to tier 3 restrictions we were running our two flagship tours, World War Two - On the Home Front and Toys Through the Ages and we are constantly reviewing how we can adapt and reintroduce more educational tours and activities, so if you do have a specific tour or activity in mind please do get in touch and we can discuss our current offer.

Our School Tours:

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, our Education Programme is being reviewed. We are still taking bookings on certain adapted tours and activities:

World War II- The Home Front Tour  - Click here for itinerary, costs and further details

Toys Through the Ages Tour  - Click here for itinerary, costs and further details

To make a booking or to speak to a member of the team about your school’s needs, please call the museum on 01543 877666 or email

Museum of Cannock Chase education


Covid-19 information regarding safety, distancing and changes in etiquette:

The safety of our staff and visitors is our number one priority. In response to COVID-19 we have made some changes here at the museum in line with government guidelines:

  • Reduced numbers of site to maintain social distancing
  • Exclusive use of for your school*
  • Single use resources or sanitized for your groups use only
  • Adapted tour content
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols
  • Museum educators and staff wear appropriate PPE


*Exclusive use for one school per session. However the public galleries and exhibits will be able to be accessed by our general admission visitors.

As per government guidelines, face coverings are to be worn inside the museum building, except for those who are exempt and children under the age of 11.

How the Museum of Cannock Chase works with schools

There are three areas to our education service:

  • Guided tours
  • Self-guided school visits
  • Outreach service


Museum of Cannock Chase facilities


  • The museum has full disabled access with education buildings at ground level
  • Our education spaces have toilet facilities, hearing loops and child friendly furniture and equipment
  • We provide a lunch room, and open space for walking, picnics and recreation
  • Risk assessments and teachers’ pre-visits are available
  • Museum staff are trained in emergency first aid and subject to DBS checks
  • Free coach parking


Information and bookings

To make a booking or to speak to a member of the team about your school’s needs, please call the museum on 01543 877666 or email


Loan Boxes

Can’t get to the museum? Why not hire one of our loan boxes containing artefacts that can be used in lessons to discuss chronological order, stimulate discussion and historical enquiry, in assemblies and for classroom displays? Our loan boxes cover a range of topics including coal mining, World War Two, toys and historical enquiry. Boxes are available from the museum at the cost of £20 per week and at a discounted rate for half termly block bookings.

Teachers' Resources

These include teachers’ packs, activity packs, publications and information about our galleries.
Order your resources at the time of booking or visit the museum shop for inspiration.

Goody Bags

We can make up themed goody bags for your children to take home. Pre-order from only £2.50 each.
Details will be included on your booking form.