Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum

At Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum we provide a glimpse into the lives of a rural Victorian community, their religion and the artefacts they left behind. We explore the past in order to enrich our future and indeed that of our visitors, who come from many different walks of life.

Education workshops reach out to all age groups. We have a large out-reach programme to the schools in the way of assemblies. We dress up or take artefacts into the schools and take participatory assemblies on a wide and ever changing range of subjects. Our talks to adults in the afternoons and evenings are very much in demand and we are frequently asked to do return visits. Schools are very loyal to us and thoroughly enjoy our flexible and very personal approach that devotes itself to curriculum and individual schools’ needs.

“ The Victorian Experience” remains our bread and butter and that too has grown and changed over time with the addition of the “Victorian Christmas” that books to full capacity every year and even the Victorian funeral that helps older junior school children to learn about the taboo subject of bereavement from a safe distance, in that it is a Victorian child that has died. To address the needs of the schools ,we now have a Roman workshop, where the chapel becomes the Judgement Hall, and children enjoy the Roman camp and school as they learn about Roman times and the Easter story. World War II is currently very much on the agenda for the Primary schools and so we have an evacuee programme where children have a truly hands on experience doing the washing with the dolly tub, dolly peg, posser and mangle. They engage with Hornby clockwork trains taking supplies to Mow Cop and even escape from Colditz, or not as the case may be. The latter developed at the request of the schools to add a war like dimension. The children often dress in 1940’s style clothes and travel to the museum on a Route-master bus for this experience and it is not unknown for mums to also dress the part and be seen waving the children off with a tear and wave of a handkerchief!

Schools are not the only ones to benefit from our education programmes and Scouts, Brownies and church groups also partake of our workshops linking it to gaining Faith badges etc. As a spin off from a recent Scout visit we had 60+ post graduate students from M.M.U. The students who are now training to be teachers, dressed up just as the children do so that they could experience the museum through the eyes of a child. One of the scout leaders was also lecturer at the university and was so impressed with how social history and religion was woven into our programme that she brought the students to experience it for themselves. They all thoroughly enjoyed their time spent with us and we look forward to them bringing their classes when they are qualified and working in the schools.

New Church, Faith and Mission are all very close to our hearts here at Englesea Brook and in all we do, we sow seeds discreetly. We learn from the past, travel in the present trusting in the knowledge that many seed being sown will come to fruition in the future when the time and place is right.

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