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Welcome to a World of Learning

The award-winning Learning Team of the Norfolk Museum and Archaeology Service (NMAS) exists to support and encourage everyone to use museums and their collections for learning. We work in partnership with learners and other providers to inspire and educate.

We offer learning opportunities in our museums and in schools and other community venues. These activities range from object-handling, practical workshops and living history to special events, talks and tours. We also offer INSET sessions and support out of hours learning programmes.

We cater for all ages from early years to over 55s and work with partners to deliver Skills for Life and ESOL courses at several sites.

With sites in King's Lynn, Thetford, Gressenhall, Norwich, Cromer and Great Yarmouth, we'll probably have a museum near you.

Engage Learn Achieve

We have always known how important museums are as places of learning but a report by Leicester University has provided clear evidence of the impact of museum visits on attainment. Read the Engage Learn Achieve report at the bottom of this page.

Learning Workshops and Activities for Adults

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The museum service offers an exciting range of varied and engaging learning opportunities designed specifically with adults in mind.

To find out more visit the Adult Learning web page.



What's New

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Snapdragons is an exciting new, monthly activity session for children aged 2 - 4 years with an adult. For more information, or to download a leaflet, click here>>

Painting of The Paston TreasureTake One at Norwich Castle

Take One is a new scheme at Norwich Castle for primary schools in the region, adapted from the highly successful countrywide Take One Picture programme run by the National Gallery. We focus on one painting from our collections to inspire cross-curricular work in the classroom. The Paston Treasure is one of our Take One paintings. For more information about the Take One programme and to arrange an introductory CPD session, please email: Michelle Sorensen or Colly Mudie.


We are very pleased to announce that Norwich Castle and Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse have gained a Sandford Award for Heritage Education in recognition of the excellence of their work with schools. Last year the Learning team won an Outstanding Contribution Award for their work across the county and will be among the finalists at the Norfolk County Council annual awards ceremony later this year. The team's high standards have also been recognised with the award of Quality in Study Support and Learning Outside the Classroom accreditations.

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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.