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Schools & Teachers

Information for teachers planning a visit.


Our Access Officers are on site to help you plan and arrange visits, organise bookings for the education suite, facilitate guided tours and workshops and also to advise about our facilities and recommend resources.

The team can be contacted by telephoning:

Susan Sedgwick – 01642 358108,  or by emailing: dmeducation@middlesbrough.gov.uk



The Education suite is available to booked groups. Most of the workshop delivery takes place in here and it has toilet and hand washing facilities. Students’ coats and bags can be left securely as there is no public access to this room. The space can also be used as a place for pack lunches to be eaten.

What’s available for Schools

Learning Opportunities

We deliver a variety of workshops, some of which have been designed to complement the Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects programme. These are suitable for delivery at the beginning, middle or end of your topic period.

Visit or Schools Workshops page to see our list of project topics.

The Access team works to ensure that each session delivered is educational, informative but most importantly, lots of fun! We use the best quality resources to bring topics to life and give groups access to objects from museum collections which are not usually on display. Time in relevant galleries has also been incorporated into most of our workshops. This is an excellent taster opportunity for students and teaching staff who haven’t visited the museum before to see our wonderful displays!

Workshop sessions are generally two hours long and run between 9.30-11.30am. However times can be altered to fit around individual schedules if necessary. Please contact the Access team to discuss specific needs.

To ensure a quality experience, we ask that the maximum number of children booked in per workshop session is 30. Most of the workshops have an Art & Craft element where the students make something to take back to school. Aprons are provided for any messy craft activities.


FEES & CHARGES 2020/21

Workshop & Guided Tours
£60 + Vat per session per class up to a maximum of 30 pupils
£120 + VAT Full Day

Loan Boxes
£20 + VAT per half term (6 weeks)


Most workshops have a strong hands-on element and are easily adapted for pupils with special educational needs. Please contact one of our Education Officers to discuss your group’s requirements.



The museum has wheelchair and push chair access to all floors via a lift. Our lift can accommodate up to three wheelchairs and three carers or teachers at any one time.
There are 2 disabled parking bays immediately in front of the museum and the museum can be accessed via a ramp to the automated front door.
A wheelchair is available for use by visitors, prior notice is preferred.



Free on Street parking is permitted to the front and side of the museum. Please be aware, marked bays have a maximum stay of 2 hours. There is also a small museum car park accessible off Park Road South.



To gain the most from their visit children should be closely supervised. We suggest a ratio of 1 adult per 10 children.



A maximum of 90 students per self-led visit is recommended. It is advised that you split the group into smaller groups of 30 and stagger entry by around 10 minutes, then each group has plenty of room to explore.

A visit can take from 2 hours or a full day if using all of the displays.

To prevent bottlenecks in the reception area please arrange for small groups to visit the shop at separate times during your visit.

Please book self-led visits at least two weeks in advance.


In accordance with Department for Education (DfE) guideline it is the responsibility of the visiting teacher(s) to undertake a risk assessment but see help sheet below.

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The Dorman Museum is operated by Middlesbrough Council. It is governed by all the normal local authority regulations and insurances.

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A shop is housed in the reception area, which sells a range of stock, from “pocket money items” to quality gifts.

Male, female and disabled public toilets are located on the ground floor and there are clearly marked fire escapes to the front & rear of the building



The museum offers a series of Loan Boxes containing objects and resources relating to specific topics. There is a charge of £20 per half term. Preference is given to schools visiting the museum. Schools must pick up and return. Advance booking is required.

Loan Box Topics

  • Fossils and Dinosaurs
  • World War 1
  • World War 2
  • Victorian Childhood
  • Portraits
  • Toys & Games
  • Homes of the Past
  • Egyptians
  • Musical Instruments from around the world
  • Romans


Other resources are available, please contact the Education Officers for more information