We have a range of events and CPD for teachers looking to visit our museums or use our collections in their classrooms. Our CPD sessions offer hands-on learning, behind the scenes access, and networking opportunities.

We’d love to hear from you about other resources or sessions that you’d like to see us offer. Please get in touch schools@nms.ac.uk or phone 0131 247 4041.

CPD and events for teachers 

Do you want to enhance your own learning and make the most of your class visit? Our varied continuing professional development (CPD) programme may be just what you need!

Teachers' Event: Conscientious Objectors of the Second World War

Wednesday 18 September

4.30-6pm

National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle

Book via Eventbrite

Explore the little-known story of British conscientious objectors of the Second World War in this event for primary and secondary teachers. This is a joint event between National Museums Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

During this session you will:

    • Discover more about the fascinating stories of British conscientious objectors including Scottish author, Fred Urquhart, and poet, Edwin Morgan
    • Hear from Dorothy Kidd, Senior Curator, and Dr Laura Major, University of Edinburgh, about the themes of the exhibition
    • Visit the Conscience Matters exhibition and the National War Museum
    • Find out more about a Second World War-related visit to the National War Museum and Edinburgh Castle
    • Discover a range of Second World War resources on Scran to use back in class

This exhibition is suitable for:

  • N5/Higher History classes
  • RME classes considering diversity of beliefs
  • Social studies classes comparing contrasting world views

Refreshments and free resources provided. Meet at the drawbridge, at Edinburgh Castle entrance, from 4.15pm.

Spaces are limited and we do expect this event to be fully booked. Please make sure you have reserved one ticket for each person attending with you.

Free teacher pre-visits to our museums

Dates: Available during school term time for teachers who have pre-booked a class visit. 

Get to know our collections and plan ahead for your class visit by booking a free pre-visit to our museums.

Contact us to arrange a visit:

Adult talks programme for secondary teachers and pupils

We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for teachers or senior secondary pupils on our adult talks programme. Details of the latest tickets available will appear below.

If you would like to book free places at these events below, please email schools@nms.ac.uk.

Senior pupils can attend with a teacher or by themselves if they are over the age of 16. Tickets must be reserved by teaching staff in advance of the event for the free rate to apply.

Resources to support your visit

We have a range of resources which you can use to support your visit to our venues.

If you’ve booked a workshop with us, you can also find a range of related resources on our workshop outlines pages

When you book a visit with us, you will also be given details of any additional resources we may have available for you to use on the day, such as trail sheets. Please ask when booking if you have a particular topic you’d like to study.

Online resources to use in class

We have a range of resources and interactive games on topics such as the Romans, Egyptians, Vikings and Dinosaurs available on our website. We also have a range of things to make, including animal masks and colouring-in sheets.

Online collections

You can also use objects from our collections to inspire learning in your classroom.

Object search

You can search our collections for objects relating to your topic or local area by using a simple search of our database. You can also explore our collections through the different areas we cover.

Scran

Scran is a learning resource with over 390,000 records bursting with imagery & information from many museums, galleries and archives. It offers free to access for all Scottish state schools. To see National Museums Scotland’s collections on Scran, choose the advanced search option and NMS as the 'contributor'. You will be able to explore nearly 20,000 of our amazing objects & artefacts digitally.  

Teaching history with 100 objects

The British Museum’s project to cover the English history curriculum in 100 objects will contain four from National Museums Scotland. Although it is aimed at schools in England, the topics are relevant for areas such as Vikings and Romans, and the objects span prehistoric to the current day. Access Teaching history with 100 objects here. 

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