School Visit Guidelines – School Workshops

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Planning Your Visit to the Holburne Museum – School Workshops 

Before the Visit


Please ensure that you have signed and returned your booking form.

Staffing Ratios

We advise an adult pupil ratio of 1:8 for KS1 and KS2 and 1:10 for Key Stage 3 and above. School staff and accompanying adults must supervise pupils throughout the visit. Please ensure that all accompanying adults are made aware of the relevant information in these notes.

Risk Assessment

Please read the accompanying Hazard Identification guidelines and contact us if you wish to discuss anything in further detail. We will highlight some of this guidance in our introductory talk to your group.

Planning a Visit

Please contact the Learning & Engagement Assistant if you want to arrange a pre-visit planning appointment.


We will provide all of the materials that you need for your visit, including clipboards and pencils but please bring some boxes to carry your artwork back to school.


The Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible via a lift and there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Please ensure that you have discussed any special requirements for pupils and/or accompanying adults with the Learning & Engagement Assistant before the visit.


If your visit is to include a canal walk or visit to Sydney Gardens, please advise pupils to wear comfortable shoes and to bring wet weather gear or sun hats as appropriate.

On the Day


The Coach drop off point for the Museum is on Sydney Place by the right hand side entrance to the Museum.

Toilets are located in the basement (with an accessible toilet on the ground floor); school staff should accompany primary school pupils.

Coats & Bags

These will be left in the Clore Learning Space at the start of the visit.


The Clore Learning Space can be booked for up to an hour, for a charge of £15. This charge is to cover additional cleaning costs. We expect visiting groups to leave the space as it was found.

Lunches can be eaten in the Clore Learning Space or in the Museum grounds – except in the area belonging to the Garden Cafe .

Accompanying adults may purchase their own takeaway items from the Museum’s Garden café.

Food and drink must not be consumed in the Museum galleries.


There is a small Museum shop; visits can be made in small, accompanied groups during lunchtime or at the end of the visit.


Photography without a flash is allowed in the main Museum galleries but not in the temporary exhibition spaces as these usually contain objects and images that are on loan to the Museum for which we do not have the copyright.

Group Management

School staff and accompanying adults are responsible for the behaviour of their pupils during the visit. If necessary, our Creative Facilitator will refer to you to deal with any issues.

If you are in a large group that is being split, you will be given a trail for your pupils. Weather permitting, we recommend that you also try to spend some time outside exploring Sydney Gardens.

First Aid

The administering of First Aid to pupils is the responsibility of the school.