Opening times

  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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Opening times

  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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  • Monday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Friday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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Workshops

We work with 19 partner schools (First, Middle, and Primary schools) in a cross-border 10-mile radius of the Union Chain Bridge. These partner schools receive a free KS1 / First Level and a free KS2 / Second Level workshop each year of the project.

These workshops use the Union Chain Bridge and it’s engineering as a springboard to explore many different STEM topics with students. The workshops are linked to careers and facilitators reinforce the relevant characteristics needed for those roles throughout the activities.

Ecologist (KS1 / First Level)

In this workshop, children learn about the job of an ecologist before becoming a “nature detective” ecologist themselves and undertaking a survey of the plants and animals in two areas of their school grounds. Children identify different plant species, count / estimate species numbers, and look for evidence of animals, such as nesting, tracks, or droppings. Back in the classroom, children must then use their survey results, to pretend advise their head teacher on the best location for a make-believe new school building.

Botanist (KS1 / First Level)

Children learn about the job of a botanist and the life and works of local Victorian botanist Margaret Rebecca Dickinson before becoming a botanist themselves and undertaking a close observation of plants, using watercolours, under increasing magnifications. Through the workshop, children explore the topic of plants (identification and life cycles), practise observational skills, and discuss the importance of botanical illustrations to understand life in the past and the importance of recording botanical information now for scientists in the future.

Restoration Engineer (KS2 / Second Level)

Children learn about the Union Chain Bridge, why it is special, and the conservation works, before coming a restoration engineer themselves in order to fix Lego models of a “broken” Union Chain Bridge. In the session, children must examine their model bridges closely – even using ultra-violet torches, draw diagrams from various angles, and use their logic skills to manage how best they take the models apart and fix them with maximum efficiency and minimum disruption.

Archaeologist (KS2 / Second Level)

Children learn about the job of an archaeologist and examine two real, local sites (one Bronze / Iron Age promontory fort and one Roman or Romano-British fortlet). Through the workshop, we aim to answer the question: “how does an archaeologist know where to dig?” During the session, children study maps from the present day and the past, learn about crop marks, and undertake a mock magnetometry test using a neodymium magnet. Snythesising this information, children decide where they would like to dig in our model archaeology boxes and uncover various “finds” related to their decision and the local area.