Virtual Inset Training  - Tuesday 8th September 2020

We are working on plans for a virtual INSET event on Wednesday 8th September. Please contact us at if you would like a place. We will send a link to the event in due time. 

Bespoke Training Events

We can also offer bespoke training events for schools, either at the Museum or in your own classroom.

Bookable events:

  • Inset events in school
  • Inset events in the museum booked by a single school
  • CPD events in the museum with spaces that can be booked by individual teachers

We make a charge for these sessions, please contact us for details.

Free Inset Events in Reading Museum

We hold regular free teacher training sessions at the Museum. We advertise these sessions on this page, through social media channels and via our email contact list. Please do sign up to our teachers email list if you might be interested in any of our events as we will normally promote them by email first. There is a sign up button at the bottom of this page. During these twilight sessions we focus on a variety of topics, for example sessions on Reading Abbey, Victorian topics and prehistory. We take inspiration from the museum's fantastic collection to provide you with a fun learning experience, and an opportunity to learn new techniques that you can use in the classroom.

Please contact us for details of our next event, and please sign up to our email list via the link below.

It was really good to be able to handle the contents of the boxes. Very useful and informative!

Manor Primary

Manor Primary

I really enjoyed the session and it has given me ideas that I will use with my class and share with the other members of my team on how to use artefacts 

Primary School Teacher

Primary School Teacher

I have been inspired to develop the study and exploration of Reading and Reading Abbey with KS2 children

The Hill Primary School

I was not sure what to expect from this training session but it was excellent. It is so good to have simple yet really effective ways of using the museum resources. Cath was very inspiring!


Caversham Park Primary

Literacy conference - Monday 24 February 2020

Cost £75 per teacher. We can offer discounts for all Berkshire LA schools - contact us for details. 

The morning at Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) will focus on Poetry with Jack Thacker, former Poet in Residence at the Museum of English Rural Life. Jack’s poetry has been inspired by MERL’s collections and he will be running a workshop with you exploring how poetry-writing can be used as part of cross curricular learning opportunities. It will be a practical workshop, drawing on our collections.​

In the afternoon at Reading Museum and Town Hall will explore story telling with Cath Edwards, a professional storyteller, workshop leader and writer. Her latest book is West Midlands Folk Tales, published by the History Press. She has recently written a creative writing resource for teachers, available on Reading Museum’s website, and she has ghost-written a book of stories created by families, inspired by Reading Abbey ruins. She will lead a hands-on creative writing workshop which promises to be absorbing, informative and fun.

Please contact the Learning Team  to book a place.

Contact our Learning Team for more information.