Virtual Sessions

We are still welcoming school groups to us for physical in-museum experiences, as well as physical outreach sessions; both have been carefully risk-assessed to ensure that they are as safe as possible. However, in response to the coronavirus pandemic we have also introduced a fantastic new online offer called Virtual Sessions.

If you would like to find out about our museum-based schools programme click here.

What ARE VIRTUAL SESSIONs? 

Virtual Sessions are online, live, face-to-face workshops with a member of our learning team.

We understand that schools and groups are teaching in new and creative ways: some may be in school physically while other students may be working remotely from home. We want you to know that our Virtual Sessions can be accessed by dialling-in from school, home, or a blending of both, so that all of your students can learn together at the same time. If this is not possible, don’t worry, we will ensure all students are provided with an equivalent home learning experience via pre-recorded sessions and downloadable activity packs.

During the sessions participants will discover stories, have an in-depth look at objects and costumes and have a chance to ask questions to our history expert. As well as the online element, you will receive a teacher pack filled with printable activities and games and a special link to online videos and content to enhance your experience. These are also accessible for those learning from home. The online workshop part of the session lasts between 45 minutes and an hour.

Virtual Sessions can be accessed through various different online platforms, including Zoom, Google Meet and Jitsi. If you normally use a different platform just let us know and we’ll do our best to make it as straightforward for you as possible.

WhO ARE THEY for?

Our Virtual Sessions can work well for anyone with internet access, but they are particularly designed In school settings (both in class and remote-learning), for home educators, Special Educational Needs and lifelong learning groups like U3As (find out more about our online adult talks here).

What ARE YOU DOING ABOUT Security?

Your online safety is our top priority, so there are a number of ways that we can ensure that your children will remain safe online. Although different online platforms have different security features, all of our Virtual Sessions will include password protection and we request that schools start and host the meeting. In addition, we will never record meetings, will ensure that our educators are never alone with children or vulnerable adults and have a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Upon booking, you will also receive further details of what we’re doing to keep you and your students safe.

HOW DO I BOOK?

  1. Choose the session you’d like from the table below.
  2. Contact us at museums.education@southampton.gov.uk. Our bookings officer Becky will help you through the booking stage and will be on-hand during office hours (Monday-Friday; 9am-5pm) to assist you with any questions or queries.
  3. You will be sent a teachers pack containing login details for your virtual session as well as our safeguarding guidelines. You will also receive access to our special online content so you can plan your lessons accordingly.
  4. On the day of the session you will enjoy a fantastic online session at an agreed time and using an agreed platform. Should the technology not work for all of the participants you will not be charged for the session.

How many people can join a virtual session?

During the current climate we want to work flexibly to support  as many students as necessary. We’ll be pleased to discuss this in more detail at your time of booking.

Cost

All of our Virtual Sessions cost £80 for up to one class.

Sessions

Below you will find a selection of our amazing Virtual Sessions. Once you’ve decided what session you’re interested in just email us at museums.education@southampton.gov.uk to start your booking.

 

The Titanic
Step aboard the most famous ship of all time and dive into the story with an expert facilitator. Discover objects and  real-life Titanic tales in this fantastic session!
Southampton Through Time
Southampton’s rich history goes back more than 2000 years.This session explores the people that have called the town home and charts the history of this amazing town.
The Tudors
Discover all-things Tudor in this session exploring objects from more than 500 years ago!
Southampton at War
Journey back in time 80 years to discover what life was like for people in Southampton during the Second World War by exploring objects, looking at costumes and finding out incredible stories from the Southampton Blitz.