We offer a wide range of learning opportunities for formal and informal providers. Visits to the museum, outreach to your setting and loans boxes are free to educational providers (such as schools, nurseries, colleges, child minders and home educators), providing sessions are booked in advance.
Visits and workshop activities are led by museum staff to help you to get the most out of your time in our inspiring Victorian railway station setting. Workshops can cover early railway history and the development of the Stockton and Darlington Railway; local history; STEM; creative writing; and art. Whist we have some set workshops, we can also tailor activities to suit the curriculum and learning needs of your group.
Members of our learning team can provide some workshops as outreach, as well as attending staff meetings or training sessions to show how the museum can support and inspire learning.
The Northern Rail Activity Room can be used by schools making a visit to use as a base and to eat packed lunches in. It is also open for a variety of activities during school holidays and on event days.
How to book
To book an educational visit or for more information on educational activities please contact Sarah Gouldsbrough, Learning and Access Officer.
Telephone: 01325 405541
You can download our teachers information pack [pdf document] for information on planning your visit and help with Health and Safety.
The Sandford Award for Heritage Education
The Museum gained the Sandford Award in 2016. The award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.
The award was given following the submission of a detailed account of the museum’s educational activities and facilities, as well as inspection of a schools workshop.
The judges’ report for the award read: “Visitors to the Darlington Railway Museum can gain insights into the history and community of the railway industry in Darlington and the surrounding area. Its collections demonstrate the important role played by this town in the development of an industry which made Britain famous throughout the industrialised world.”
Making a Mark
Head of Steam is working in partnership with museums across the Tees Valley and the National Portrait Gallery in an exciting project funded by Arts Council England. Making a Mark is all about investigating our local history through the people that made their mark. For more information on our Primary and Secondary programmes for schools, please contact the Learning and Access Officer.
Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is an Arts Award Supporter, and is supporting Arts Award Discover through our Making a Mark programme. This provides a range of creative writing activities for schools, which would enable young people to work towards Arts Award Discover.
The Museum also has a variety of temporary art exhibitions and can provide work experience and volunteering opportunities.