At the Roundhouse, we take a flexible approach to our Learning Programme. This means you can mix and match the elements described below and create you’re ideal visit.
Just the Job
Be welcomed to the Roundhouse and discuss what kind of people they think worked here. They will learn when the Roundhouse was built and what it was used for.
Watch a video and discuss what jobs were important during the steam era. Explore the different objects used by people at the Roundhouse and discuss how they are similar or different to objects today.
Use photographs of people working at the Roundhouse or other engine sheds, to analyse what these tell us.
Be taken on a journey around the engine shed, exploring the different jobs. Get on a loco footplate. Have a go at shovelling coal.
Children will compare how they think jobs on steam and diesel engines differed and what it might have been like to work at the Roundhouse
People of the Industrial Revolution
Be welcomed to the Roundhouse and discuss the major figures of the Industrial Revolution and the impact they had on our local area, nationally and across the globe.
Learn about Stephenson and his Rocket and Richard Barrow and the creation of Barrow Hill.
Meet the people who led the way with the railways and ironworks in the industrial revolution and have a go at developing your own railway system with our construction kits.
Discover our STEM exhibition and learn about the amazing technology developed to make transport easier.
End your session with lunch on the Learning Coach.
Full Steam Ahead!
Be welcomed to the Roundhouse and discuss what they think the site was used for.
Learn the difference between steam an diesel engines. Watch a video of a steam engine and talk about what is happening in order to make it work.
Use model steam engines to observe the energy transfers happening as a steam engine heats up and eventually moves.
Complete a collage to reinforce their learning.
Be taken on a journey around the engine shed, explore a steam engine to see the different parts and how they work.
Understand how different jobs contributed to make steam engines work. Have a go at shovelling coal.
Be welcomed to the Roundhouse and discuss why they think the site was built.
Study a set of census records and identify different individuals in these. Use photographs to build a picture of the individuals’ lives.
Study a handling collection and discuss what these tell us about the people who lived and worked in the village.
Dress up and find out what they might have done as residents of Barrow Hill.
Tell Me A Story
Be taken on a tour around the Roundhouse and discover the different characters who worked here.
Climb aboard our learning coach and listen to some railway themed stories.
Play with our wooden railway tracks and make their own railway picture.