Hexham Old Gaol, England’s first purpose built prison, offers a unique and exciting learning experience for children, whether you are coming to take part in one of our hands-on workshops or coming for a self-led visit.
The workshops focus on many aspects of the Gaol’s colourful past, including:
- Life in the medieval gaol
- Crime and punishment through the ages
- Medieval Hexham
- Tudor Life
- The Border Reivers
By using replica objects, hands-on activities, role play and costume, the workshops enable children to learn in a fun and engaging way.
The backdrop of the Old Gaol brings a sense of realism to the history.
Our main focus is KS2 and KS3, although all our offers can be adapted for younger audiences and also tailored to your group’s needs.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to come and explore the resources of the Border Library, home to resources exploring the English-Scottish Borders area.
As well as visiting the Old Gaol in person, outreach visits can be booked which still provide your classes with access to our learning resources and handling collection in the comfort of your own classroom.
Self-led visits to the Old Gaol can be booked on request.
At Hexham Old Gaol, education groups can:
- Explore the history of Hexham Old Gaol
- Explore crime and punishment in the earliest recorded purpose-built prison in England!
- Learn about the Life of the Border Reiver, the local families who lived either side of the England-Scotland Border in Tudor times
- Experience what life was like in Medieval times