Great Railway debate - Workshop Session

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KS2,3 History

Available in school or at the History Centre this session uses original sources to debate a proposed railway line through Wiltshire. Faced with competition from the newly opened GWR line to Bristol, the Kennet and Avon Canal asked for parliament's permission to build their own line. Pupils will use the archive from this proposal and other sources to investigate the pros and cons for building the line including:

  • maps
  • local newspapers
  • historic photographs
  • census returns
  • petitions for and against the line


Visits to the History Centre

Workshop sessions at the History Centre will use some original material from the archive. All visits to the History Centre include a tour of the strongroom and use of our public facilities; lockers, toilets, vending machines, area for eating lunch. There is full disabled access and a disabled toilet.

This session is available Monday-Friday
Sessions Morning 9.30am - 12noon
Afternoon 12.30pm - 3.00pm

Charge £3.00 per pupil +VAT
Maximum number 30 Tues-Fri
60 on Mondays

Visits to your school

Sessions at school will be delivered using replica material.
Charge £3.25 per pupil+VAT
Travel costs £17.50