The Royal Signals Museum is not only educational it’s great fun too
Situated at the heart of a working Military Base we provide a unique opportunity for pupils to study away from the school classroom. A visit to the museum gives young people an insight into an environment they are unlikely to get at any other time – providing a real, inspirational context for their studies.
Schools, cadets, youth groups
Our education & research programmes include an array of hands on exhibits with accompanying activity sheets. All visits are set within The Museum and provide a rich, interactive focus for many aspects of the curriculum – history, English, technology, science, art, maths.
These educational programmes are informal but are designed to provide a stimulating interpretation of your formal curriculum. We work with you to ensure that we provide the resources and expertise that best meet your needs.
Subject areas include:
- Maths – Codes and Code breaking,
- Science and/or Technology – Semaphore to Satellites, Wireless, Telegraphs
- History – The Evolution of Communications, WW1, WW2, Post War.
There are smaller group activities within the class sessions that provide opportunities for children of mixed ability to work together, or for teachers and our staff to give attention to students with additional needs – including the gifted and those who may struggle with elements of the curriculum.
We currently provide visits for colleges who run courses in: Citizenship, Military Preparation, Uniformed Public Services, Public Communications.
We work with you to provide a valuable experience for students. Our educational offer for Colleges can include a Military perspective provided by serving soldiers (by appointment).
Sample college programme
- Museum Tour – Setting the Scene, A History of Military Signalling and the Royal Corps of Signals
- Military Presentation – The role of the modern Corps
- Bowman presentation – Information and Comms systems in use by the army today.
- Bowman Radio Orienteering Exercise – Subject to availability, weather and length of visit .
Programmes can be designed and adapted to suit your needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of our education & research work
The light curriculum
We use the Shutter Telegraph System, signalling by lamp, periscopes and the heliograph, as our equipment bases for teaching the basics of the light curriculum.
The Activity Sheets require pupils to examine equipment in the Museum and draw deductions about how it works and how they were used. The Handling Sessions are practical sessions dealing with mirrors, lens and light rays with the purpose of defining how the above military equipment was designed. This involves a wide range of skills and learning naturally extends beyond the science curriculum.
The Museum’s Collection also offers links to History, Technology, Numeracy, Communications and Art. Indeed, even during the science sessions pupils will learn communications skills, history, spelling, numeracy and reading.
We will work closely with you if you wish to arrange a visit to meet other elements of the National Curriculum. We will even devise work sheets to meet your needs. Usually, this will require you to visit the Museum beforehand.
Group sizes: pupils are taught in groups of no more than fifteen and you are asked to divide the class accordingly. A Museum member of staff will be assigned to each group.
What is the time-table for a typical visit?
This should be discussed before your visit. We can be flexible to meet the time you have available and can adapt sessions to meet class needs. Time can be built in to have a break between Activity Sheet and Handling Sessions, or the coach tour of camp can be omitted if teachers are pressed for time.
We recommend a minimum of 2 hours per visit to a maximum of 3+ hours. This is exclusive of any time needed for lunch.
Sample timetable – schools
On arrival: Welcome and briefing in the resources too (Approx 15 mins)
Activity sheets: One group to go round the Museum with a member of the Museum staff completing their pre-agreed Activity Sheets. The member of staff will explain the relevant aspects of the exhibits in the context of their learning. (Approx 45 mins to 1 hour).
Break for change-over. (Approx 10 mins).
Handling Session: Complete a set programme of hands-on activities, using circuit boards; buzzers, lamps, telephone exchanges, relevant military equipment, mirrors and other practical aids, (depending on the topic/s). The relevance of this session is put into context by the Activity Sheet session in the Museum. (Approx 45 mins to 1 hour).
Extra time: Free time or guided tour of the Museum to meet your needs. There are a lot of interactive resources, outside the formal programme, for children to explore. (20 mins to 1 hour).
Time to visit the Museum Shop (approx 10 mins).
Departure: A guided coach-tour of the camp shows the children the working life of an active Military Camp. Please note coaches are not provided by the museum.
We can answer any queries that you may have about a potential visit and can provide you with copies of the Activity Sheets and instructions for the Handling Sessions prior to any visit.
We have a number of Museum leaflets and brochures so that you can learn more about the Museum – these can be provided prior to any visit should you wish. Please do browse this website too. We constantly add and improve the content we carry.
We can also arrange for members of your staff to visit the Museum in preparation for a visit.
For the latest information on admission charges see Visit Us.
NB Teachers, accompanying school/youth groups are admitted free of charge.
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday (March – October) 10am – 4pm.
Please note that we only normally accept school groups during the working week – Monday to Friday.
For the disabled: there is an access ramp for the disabled at the front entrance to the Museum and a lift between lower and upper levels.There are toilets, and toilets for the disabled. If you have pupils with other or additional needs/disabilities please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Food and drink: there is a small NAAFI canteen where food and drinks can be purchased. The canteen is too small for large parties. We encourage school parties to bring their own food and eat collectively in the resource rooms.
Bags and storage: a secure space is provided for pupils and teachers to leave bags and coats etc.
Staffing: groups must be accompanied by the requisite number of staff as per age-range guidelines. However a member of the Museum Staff will accompany you throughout your visit.
Classrooms: there are facilities/class rooms for handling sessions.
Either get in touch via the Contact-us page
Telephone: 01258 482248
E-mail Adam Forty: email@example.com
For those wishing to carry out research relating to the museum or the museum archives please see the Archives section of this website.
Academic research please contact the Head of Research. firstname.lastname@example.org
Press, media research please contact email@example.com
Schools, colleges and youth groups please see the information below.
These pages relate to web sites with subjects connected with the Royal Signals museum in some way. We are not responsible for the content of those sites.
- The Official site of the Special Operations Executive
- The Official site of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) – Details on the history of The Women’s Transport Service (FANY).
- The Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society (RSARS)
- Army Museums Ogilby Trusts www.armymuseums.org.uk
- Dorset Museums Association www.dorsetmuseums.co.uk
- Museum of History of Science www.mhs.ox.ac.uk
- Bletchley Park www.bletchleypark.org.uk
- The Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno www.telegraphmuseum.org
- The Science Museum www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
- The Marconi Heritage Group www.marconiheritage.org
- The Purbeck Radar Museum www.purbeckradar.org.uk
- Fovant Badge Society fovantbadges.com