NORFOLK Museums Service
1960s Handling School Session, Ancient House Museum

Ancient House Museum

Thetford, White Lion Street, Thetford, IP24 1AA

Intimate and atmospheric museum telling the story of Thetford and the surrounding Breckland countryside. Displays include flint axes, replicas of the Roman Thetford Treasure as well as objects from 1960s expansion of Thetford.

The essentials

    • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge holder

    • Learning programme offer: EYFS, Reception and Key stage 1 | Key stage 2 | Secondary Schools

    • Tailor-made visits

    • Specialises in Arts Awards

    • Teacher-led visit: half day

    • Maximum group size: 75 pupils

    • Cost of teacher-led museum visit: free

    • Schools day events: costs start at £3 per pupil

Museum overview

    • Beautiful Tudor merchant house

    • Local history and archaeology collections including pre-history through to 1960s

    • Victorian Kitchen and courtyard garden

    • Short films on famous locals Tom Paine and Maharajah Duleep Singh

    • Exhibitions programme

    • Small museum shop with pocket money items


Drop off point for coaches outside museum or close by with free parking for coaches 2 minutes drive away

Facilities for schools

    • Indoor lunch space

    • 10 minutes walk to Kings House Gardens (plenty of space to run around)

    • Your school may benefit from help with travel costs


    • Accessible toilets

    • First floor not wheelchair accessible

Bookings and further information

Attending a Family Learning Numeracy Course is what encouraged me to get a job…It gave me the confidence.

We had a broad spectrum of ability (amongst the pupils) and the visit catered for all of these and gave us a few surprises – i.e. the children who asked and answered questions were not necessarily the ones we expected.