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Please note all schools need to pre-book at least 4 weeks’ in advance. Any school group visiting the Museum must complete a booking form.

It is a special experience to learn in the home of Erasmus Darwin, a creative thinker and a man of many interests, who – along with his Lunar Society friends – was at the forefront of learning in the Eighteenth Century.

Our schools programme supports your teaching of the National Curriculum in History and Science:




History KS1 Significant historical events, people or places in your locality
History KS2 An aspect of history or a site dating from
a period beyond 1066 that is significant in your locality
Science KS1 Plants (Y1)
Science KS2 Rocks and fossils (Y3)
Magnets (Y3)
Light (Y3 and Y6)
The human body (Y4 and Y6)
Levers (Y5)

Evolution (Y6)

_dsc5437jpg_30953870760_oWe offer:

  1. Visit (full or half day) with activities led by our trained Education Volunteers:
    • The Georgian Experience: Erasmus Darwin – his life and context, explored in his own home
    • Exciting Science: Science activities experienced in the home of an eminent scientist
    • Exploring Evolution: New activities coming soon!

    For full details of activities within each package, please download the Information for Teachers Booklet.

  2. _dsc5422jpg_31207381111_oJoint visit (full day) with the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museums:
    • Learn with Lichfield’s Leading Lights: Two great 18th century characters on one full-day visit, including facilitated activities at both venues
  3. Self-guided visit: Suitable for a short visit. A trail sheet is available for schools to copy
  4. Discovery Boxes:
    Boxes of handling items, including background information on the artefacts, for use in the Museum or available to borrow for use in school:

    • Life at home in the 18th century
    • Medical history (the changing technology of medicine)
    • Rocks
    • Fossils

What schools have said about their visits to Erasmus Darwin House:

“Looking at the inventions and packing the bag were both fun activities for the children and it allowed them to see a part of history” Whitehouse Common Primary School

“The staff were welcoming and engaged the children at all stages. The best part of the activity was handling the objects and guessing what they were used for. The children now have a wealth of knowledge to apply to their work in school. Thank you for making the day a fun learning experience.” Fulfen Primary School

“A real worthwhile and memorable trip. We were so pleased with the organisation and the children got so much out of their time with you. They have been bursting with enthusiasm during our topic lessons to share what they have learned with you. Many thanks and I hope to be visiting again in the future.” River View Primary School

“They were encouraged to learn by thinking for themselves and activities were pitched correctly. Opportunities to dress up, speaking and listening activities, writing/drawing opportunities – kept all children engaged. We just wish we could have spent longer in the House.” River View Primary School

_dsc5413jpg_31178273422_oFor further information about our education activities, and for practical details, please download our booklet, Information for Teachers: Schools at Erasmus Darwin House.

To discuss a possible visit or if you have specific queries, please email, FAO Education Co-ordinator

You might like to consider combining a visit to Erasmus Darwin House with a visit to Lichfield Cathedral, which is immediately adjacent.


Childrens University –

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum –

Lichfield Cathedral: –