Poole Museum
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Opening times:
From 9 April - 30 October 2022,
Daily, 10am - 5pm

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Special Projects

Our Museum: Rediscovering Poole’s Maritime Heritage

Plans are in place to transform Poole Museum into a modern, thriving cultural space and community hub. The transformed museum will greatly enrich the experience of Poole Quay and Old Town. 

Find out more about the project here   



Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court will close from 31st October 2022 through to Spring/Summer 2024 due to our redevelopment project. Our current onsite school workshop programme will therefore be on hold from September 2022. We will be bringing the Museum out on the Move to a location near you – or even to your school! Please keep an eye on our website for more information or contact louise.diffey@bcpcouncil.gov.uk for details of our free outreach offer.

This exciting redevelopment project is called Our Museum: Rediscovering Poole’s Maritime Heritage. The transformation brings amazing new learning opportunities for schools.  

We are creating three brand new maritime galleries - Harbour Life, Shipwreck! and Setting Sail! These new galleries will be object rich and include lots of hands-on experiences that meet a broad range of learning needs. 

Our new gallery sessions will be unique, authentic, immersive learning experiences which continue curriculum teaching. 

This project means we will: 

    • Create brand new primary school workshops linking in with the themes of the new galleries 
    • Involve local teachers in the shaping of the offer to make sure it is attractive for schools and delivers on curriculum outcomes effectively 
    • Work with partner Special Schools to develop a new SEND offer 
    • Develop regular, structured work experience and placement opportunities  
    • Work with education partners to promote opportunities for young people to develop skills and enhance employability through work experience and volunteering 
    • Develop creative opportunities for young people to take part in to enhance the new museum  
    • Develop improved booking systems and before and after session materials 

Take part!

  • Sign up for our What’s On newsletter to find out more about the project, activities and events especially when we take our Museum on the Move in 2023. 
  • Sign up for our Education newsletter to find out about opportunities for schools and networking and CPD opportunities for teachers. 
  • Join our Teacher Panel. Help us develop new workshops and activities that meet your needs, meet teachers along the way and have some fun while developing your own CPD. Contact louise.diffey@bcpcouncil.gov.uk to find out more. 
  • Book an Assembly or a Classroom talk. We can come to you to let you know about an aspect of our new galleries to your whole school assembly or we can tailor for a classroom session. 
  • Book a Loan Box. We can offer loan boxes based on your curriculum. 
  • Join our Interest List for our Teacher CPD sessions when we reopen the Museum in 2024 where we will walk you through our new galleries and the ways you can use these to inspire curriculum linked learning. 
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