Groups and Schools

Groups and Schools

Whether you’re a community group, school class or large party, the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum can offer your group different opportunities for on, and offsite, engagement.

Do you welcome groups?

As we are a small site (but perfect!), admission to the Museum is limited, but larger groups (over 8 persons) are welcome by prior arrangement.

The Museum is a great place to bring a group of friends or family. From planning and booking your day out at the Museum, right up to the day of your visit, our helpful staff will make organising a group visit simple. We are a popular destination for many book clubs and special interest groups, and a tour can be tailored to your group’s requirements.

Benefits for Group Visits include:

  • Discounted admission for groups of 10+.
  • Free admission for the group organiser.
  • Free admission to Blue Badge Guides.
  • A Free preliminary visit for group organiser or coach operator/driver (for 2 people).
  • A tailored tour to suit the interests of the group.
  • Free translation sheets to accompany your visit.

For more information, or to discuss your specific requirements, please contact us on 0115 917 3824.


What’s on offer for schools?

We welcome school visits to our recreated Victorian miner’s cottage. A visit to the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace is a fascinating way for children to engage with a variety of learning topics, while having a fun day out.

For Key Stage 1 and 2 children, the tour of the Birthplace Museum is complemented by a choice of activity sessions including:

  • Wash day! Do the laundry Victorian style in our interactive wash-house.
  • Rag-rug making! The thrifty craft which is always a favourite with children.
  • The tea party! Role play, fine china and fairy cakes.
  • History detectives! A chance to get hands on with our mystery artefacts.

The focus for this age group is social and local history, but tours incorporate cross-curricular study including English, Citizenship, Art, and more.

For Key Stage 3 and 4 children, educational visits give an insight into what life was like in a typical late Victorian working-class home, with our experienced guides discussing D.H. Lawrence’s formative years. This is particularly useful for introducing children to literature in context.

For older students, a tour of the Museum can be complemented by taking them into the local countryside and visiting Brinsley Headstocks, or walking the Blue Line Trail.

Please call 0115 917 3824 for more information.

School Days Loan Box Three Education Loan Boxes Miner's Tally Two Tweed Flat Caps Sacred Songs and Solos Book

Loan boxes!

Nothing quite beats handling an original artefact, and for a small charge you can borrow our custom-made loan boxes: groups and schools who visit us can borrow the boxes for FREE. The loan boxes are a great way for schools to extend learning about local history within the classroom, and are available pre and post visit. We currently have loan boxes on three topic areas:

  • Mining.
  • Schooldays.
  • Leisure.

Each loan box contains artefacts and resources, and comes with activities that are suitable for the classroom. The activities are cross-curricular, so as well as offering interactive engagement with local history they also cover, English, Art, PSHE, Music, Science, Biology, Drama and Technology.

If you’d like to know more about our education package or join our education mailing list, please email us at:

Outreach & Digital Tours

If you can’t come to us, we can come to you!  Please get in touch to find out more about our outreach and digital options.