& Schools

A range of full-day educational workshops for schools.

Conducted by our experienced museums education officer, our exciting and engaging sessions give pupils the opportunity to explore our unique history, collections and grounds.


Scholars and Servants

Could you handle being a child attending a boarding school in Victorian times? Could you handle being a child WORKING at a boarding school in Victorian times?

Discover the stories of two very different childhoods existing side by side here at Ushaw. See if you can communicate without breaking your strict code of silence, practice your Latin, create and award your own Ushaw prize medal and have a go at Cat; the unique Ushaw sport.

Suitable for Key Stage 2.
National Curriculum links: KS2 History

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Keep the faith a secret

Delve into Ushaw’s 450-year history and discover the lengths England’s Catholics went to in order to protect their way of life at a time when being a Catholic became illegal.

Print your own secret pamphlet, create and crack Catholic codes and uncover the gruesome punishments that await you if you are found out! In this PSHE/citizenship session, we will explore how an entire religion becomes against the law, choose whether to risk our lives for belief or protect ourselves from persecution, and find out whether the problem of intolerance is really something that Britain left in the past. This session draws explicit links to the prejudices faced by groups today, challenging children to put themselves in the place of the persecuted and examine the consequences of everyday intolerance.

Suitable for Key Stage 2.
National Curriculum links: PSHE Association:
Programme of study for PSHE Education, Core Theme 2. Relationships

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Mountaineering in Durham

Explore the legacy of one of Ushaw’s most famous students; the mountaineer Joe Tasker.

Take part in practical experiments to learn how the Himalayas were formed, stave off altitude sickness, map a mountain range and finally face your fears on the slopes of Everest.

Suitable for Key Stage 2.
National Curriculum links: KS2 Geography


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Art and Architecture

Get creative and discover the astonishing work of Augustus Pugin, the architect responsible for Ushaw’s grand St. Cuthbert’s chapel (and also some place called the Houses of Parliament).

Investigate tessellation and symmetry, reveal a never-before-seen side of Pugin’s work by taking your own digital images of Ushaw and then bringing them to life, turn your initials into a work of art, and turn those works of art into stained glass!

Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2.
National Curriculum links: – Art and Design Programme of Study Key stage 1

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Your Visit

Please book your session in advance.

It is recommended that a class size should be no larger than 35.

Open Hours

Workshops run from
10am - 2.30pm,
Monday - Friday


Workshops are priced at £5 per child. Teachers will be invoiced on the day of the session.


To organise your visit,
please contact us
via email at
or phone: 0191 373 8500