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Fashion & Clothing through Time

We can adapt this session for older or younger children
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Clothing tells the story of who we are as a society, documenting changes in technology, fashion, social rules and in the wider world.

Understand the key inventions that led changes in clothing and get hands on with a few of these. Chertsey Museum is home to the Olive Matthews collection of clothing and has regular changing displays of fabulous outfi ts for visitors to explore.

Choose the time periods and activities you wish your workshop to include. If there is a particular time period you wish to explore that is not listed please let us know.

Topics Covered:

  • Prehistory
  • Romans
  • Anglo-Saxon & Viking
  • Tudors
  • Victorians
  • Current fashion display

Activities (pick number based on required length of session):

  • Prehistory & other periods: Weaving on looms
  • Roman: Make a bullae
  • Anglo-Saxon & Viking: Lucet braiding
  • Tudor dancing
  • Victorian: Washing play
  • Victorian & other periods: Cross-stitch
  • Trail through museum galleries - Museum only


Workshop Length Max. Class No. No. of Activities
1 hr 1 Talk & 1 activity
1 hr 30 mins 1 Talk & 2-3 activities
2 hrs 1 Talk & 4 activities
2 hrs 30 mins 1 Talk & all activities except Museum Only
Museum All Day 1 All activities


Cost (ex mileage):

Workshop Length 1 Workshop 2 Workshops 3 Workshops 4 Workshops
1 hr £70 £85 £115 £135
1 hr 30 mins* £80 £105 £140 X
2 hrs £90 £125 £170 X
2 hrs 30 mins £100 £145 X X
Museum All Day £140 X X X

*most popular option


Additional Information:

  • Mileage is calculated from Chertsey Museum via Google Maps® routes. Charges are: 0-5 miles £5.00; 5-10 miles £10.00; 10-15 miles £30.00; 15-20 miles £45.00
  • Museum visits include any length of time workshops plus time to explore the museum.
  • For one class at a time in the museum, maximun 32 children.
  • Prices are correct at time of going to print in April 2021 and apply from September 2021. Please check our website for up-to-date prices: 
  • Additional COVID-19 regulations may apply to allow us to visit your school safely, please see our website for any additional measures.
  • Cost listed for 2021/2022 academic year

£10 discount on overall booking costs for schools with membership

Booking Workshops

Initial Enquiry

Please complete the enquiry form as the initial stage of booking a workshop at school or at the museum. If you would rather discuss your requirements with the Education Officer, or would like to join our schools membership scheme, please telephone on 01932 565764, or email  [email protected]

Workshops at the Museum

Please note that for workshops at the museum we recommend that you visit before bringing your group so that you can familiarlise yourself with the facilities, although a risk assessment is sent with all booking conformations. Lunch is eaten in the education room, or in the museum garden if the weather permits. The museum has 2 unisex public toilets, one of which is adapted for wheelchair use and the museum has flat access throughout. Your group can use the museum shop, or if you prefer, pre-arranged "goody bags" can be ordered, details of which will be sent with your booking confirmation.

Workshops at School

Our workshops deliverer will aim to arrive at school at least 30 minutes before the start of the session at set up in advance. Some of the workshops we offer involve the transportation of a large number of artefacts and props so if a parking space near to the venue can be reserved that would be extremely helpful. Please notify us if there is not flat access to the classroom where the session is to take place.