Help us to carry on welcoming visitors to a fresh, virus safe and socially-distanced museum

The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is a vitally important part of the fabric of our educational history, and needs your help to welcome back visitors to a fresh, virus safe and socially-distanced environment when lockdown ends.

We do amazingly well at providing families with fun and affordable craft activities during the holidays, giving schoolchildren the giggles as they see their classmate being led from a Victorian lesson to be caned, and immersing people in the atmosphere of the world’s last remaining Monitorial Schoolroom.

We are a Charity and Independent Museum that relies on our income from visitors and fundraising from within our community. Some 16,000 visitors last year explored the stories unleashed within our classrooms; these visitors enjoyed great experiences, rating us 5 stars on TripAdvisor.

Help us to continue to welcome visitors so they can discover new things about their community safely, to wander around the exhibitions at a social distance, and to enjoy fresh new displays that will tell even more stories. Some examples include:

£7.50 provides 10 visitor groups with personal hand gel sanitizer
£40 buys a new street-side banner to show we are open
£250 paints the outdoor woodwork so we look loved and cheerful
£640 means new signage shows a safe distance route around to new displays
£1000 keeps our visitors warm in the colder months
£1600 powers our education programme to the end of the year

Help us to welcome back the grandparents and grandkids, the families and the schools, so they too can again share in the amazing story of Joseph Lancaster's part in primary education and the social history of childhood.

Thank you for helping us to make the museum the place where ‘Learning Comes to Life’!




£12,880.80 raised of £20,000.00 target by 76 supporters

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British Schools Museum British Schools Museum

The British Schools Musuem tells the story of early education and childhood. Boasting the last remaining Monitorial Schoolroom in the world, pioneered by the educationalist Joseph Lancaster, we welcome thousands of visitors and schoolchildren to have a taste of Victorian, Edwardian and mid-20thC schooling. See you soon - don't be late!

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