The best things in life are free

on 08 September 2017.

The best things in life are free

School Visits at The Merchant’s House, Marlborough

Despite the Government’s recent announcement of an increase in funding for education, years of straitened expenditure have left schools’ activities, both curricular and extra-curricular, pared to the bone. Luckily, there are still some benevolent institutions, like The Merchant’s House on Marlborough High Street, which are willing to bridge the gap and provide our children with the necessary enrichment which makes learning a fascinating window into the world rather than a dreary list of boxes which must be ticked.

Remarkably, it comes completely free of charge. With support from an Oxford educational charity, the Merchant’s House has developed and implemented a new school visits project which provides stimulating programmes to school parties .

This silk merchant’s house is brought vividly to life as visitors can see, touch and explore for themselves the building, furnishing s and artefacts from the 17th Century. Especially popular activities have included trying on armour, lying on a bed

The best things in life are free

and seeing the privy! Children are especially fascinated by the kitchen, where they consider how the Bayly family may have coped with no fridge, but lots of mice. Visits can be tailored to the curriculum and in concert with teachers’ wishes. The visits include not just a tour of the Merchant’s House but also through the town where children are told about local history including the impact of The Civil War, The Republican years and the Great Fire of Marlborough.

After a recent visit one child was quoted as saying, “What do I like about the merchant’s House? Everything!” School visits usually last two hours, and school groups number between 15-40 children with accompanying staff.

For further information please contact Sophie Costard at Sophiec@merchantshousetrust.co.uk

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