The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust WSRHT

The Schools Programme

Developed by teachers and offering curriculum links to both History and STEM, the Trust has developed a range of learning opportunities to suit the varying needs of schools.

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Click on the slides below to view the five categories, ranging from the Schools ProgrammePlan an Educational VisitBook an Educational VisitLoans Boxes and Digital Resource Packs. Contact us if you would like to enquire further.

Our Schools Programme at the Gauge Museum offers clear curriculum links to both History and STEM subjects. Choose from our range of Loans Boxes and Resource Packs, or join us for a Learning Session or self-guided visit.

What better way to round off your learning experience than to feel for yourself the power of a steam locomotive as you travel through the beautiful Somerset countryside? The Railway offers a range of possible routes on our line, allowing you to tailor your visit in terms of time and expense.

We know that these are uncertain and difficult times for everybody.  To help keep young children busy and support parents and carers, our education team have put together a series of STEM-related learning challenges for you to download and complete at home.

School Museum Visits

If you are planning a visit to the West Somerset Railway, why not book one of our Museum Learning Sessions.

Available Mondays and Tuesdays during our running season and delivered by our Education and Learning Officer from the lower floor of the Gauge Museum, our sessions use costume and role play, along with a selection of real and replica objects, to tell the story of our railway by exploring themes linked to both local and national History.

Learning sessions can be combined with both a train ride and a tour of our museum.  We also offer a range of museum trails if you prefer a self-guided visit.

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Schools Outreach Service

Available throughout the year, our outreach service has been designed to support schools even when the railway itself is closed. 

Our in-school visits allow you to choose from all of our museum learning sessions, delivered by our Learning Officer from the comfort of your own classroom. 

For hands-on support with your Topic, you could borrow one of our loans boxes, which contain a collection of objects, photos and costumes from the museum’s handling collection.  Available for up to a 3-week period.

If you are simply looking for new inspiration, why not order one of our digital resource packs, which contain a large selection of photos, worksheets, challenge cards and printable replicas – everything you need to kick-start a new topic