Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 lockdown, we have suspended bookings of Carpets in the Classroom. We are looking forward to welcoming schools back to the museum in the next academic year, and welcome advance bookings from September 2021 onwards.

Carpets in the Classroom

Bringing local heritage, art and industry into your classroom!

Our latest visit, developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, overcomes concerns associated with transporting children to public buildings and contact by bringing the museum to your classroom in a safe, socially distanced way!

Ideal for Key Stage 1 and 2, this innovative Museum workshop encourages children to think about Kidderminster’s heritage, art and industry by finding out about the carpet under their very feet. Enjoy a series of engaging activities and object handling sessions as you trace the origins of the industry back to the 17th century and explore the evolution of the town since. Become carpet designers by creating your own masterpieces in a fun craft activity.

Why not pay a visit to the Museum after your workshop, to see carpet woven on the hand looms and giant power looms?

The Story of Wee Peggy and the Loom

 A fun filled visit for Key Stage 1, telling the story of how carpets were made in Kidderminster through stories and song.

Meet Wee Peggy the spinning wheel and her friends Victoria and Albert the hand looms, and Spool and Wilton the power looms.  They will show you how to transform a dirty sheep’s fleece into beautiful woven carpets.  Enjoy hearing the story of Wee Peggy and the Looms, with lots of audience participation, dressing-up and singing.  Plenty of hands on activities including creating a piece of woven cloth to take back to school.

I enjoyed using the loom’ William, Year 1, Cookley Sebright Primary School, Worcestershire.

I liked dressing up’ Yohan, Year 1, Holy Trinity Primary School, Kidderminster.

‘The museum is such a wonderful resource to have on your doorstep’ Miss Allardice, Year 1 Teacher, Cookley Sebright Primary School.

What is a Museum?

A fantastic opportunity to discover how and why museums collect, store and display objects.

Take a peek behind the scenes and visit our archive store.  Search for dangerous pests in the galleries and help us protect our precious collections from them.  Find out who the most important people in the museum are through games and role play. Especially relevant to classes who are making a museum in their classroom.

‘The visit was fantastic – very informative and relevant.  Thank you.  You have gone above and beyond to give us what we needed.’   Mrs Skelding, Year 3/4 Teacher, Offmore Primary School, Kidderminster

What are you standing on?

 Discover how carpets were made locally in Kidderminster and sold regionally, nationally and internationally.

Meet the Weaving Master, the Weaver and the Spinner and find out how they live.  Compare carpet weaving before and after the Industrial Revolution as you watch our power looms run.  Enjoy weaving workshops, spinning demonstrations and design your own carpet.

I loved it so much and learnt how to spin and weave.’                               Katie Villar, Year 6, Abberley Hall Prep School, Worcestershire

I loved how the members of staff explained it so well. Thank you so much.’                                                              Pia Jones, Year 6, Abberley Hall Prep School, Worcestershire