Giant floor piano among new features at The Beatles Story

Date Posted: 09/07/2018

Several new features are now on offer for school visits to the Liverpool attraction, the world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted to the story of The Beatles.

The Discovery Zone, an educational area for Primary schools at The Beatles Story, has received an upgrade, educating children on The Beatles’ early lives, rise to fame, music and their connection to the city.

Children can learn about the Fab Four’s legacy through creative play on a giant interactive floor piano, touch-screen interactives and other learning zones, connecting to subjects including Geography, History, Fashion, Technology, Art and Music.

A giant interactive floor piano on offer at The Beatles Story in Liverpool

A giant interactive floor piano is now on offer for school visits to The Beatles Story in Liverpool.

What’s new for schools?

  • The highlight of the new features is said to be the giant interactive floor piano. Inspired by the popular Tom Hanks film, BIG, children and adults of all ages can play along to a Beatles melody or can compose their own music.
  • Also featured within the area is an interactive touch-screen timeline, teaching the story of the band alongside detailed information about key world events, putting The Beatles into historical context.
  • A replica NEMS record store allows teachers and children to experience a moment in time in a 60s-style record shop and learn how to play vinyl records. It looks at how technology has changed the way that people consume music, from Edison’s phonograph, to online streaming.
  • The ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ wall teaches children about the Geographical locations where The Beatles visited around the world.
  • Within the Pop Art area, children can enjoy the style of art that took the 60s scene by storm and create their own artworks. They can also try on replica 60s clothing and learn about the changing fashions of the decade.

Need to know for teachers

Shelley Ruck, education officer at The Beatles Story, located on the Albert Dock, said: “We have been working very hard to make improvements to our programmes and interactives within the Discovery Zone here at the Beatles Story.

Children can try on replica 60s clothing as they learn about The Beatles.

Children can try on replica 60s clothing as they learn about The Beatles.

“There are some new exciting and educational activities that will really engage children in a fun and dynamic way and link back into the National Curriculum, getting children out of the classroom into a unique learning environment.”

All Primary school visits to the Discovery Zone are combined with a tour of The Beatles Story’s main exhibition and optional access to the Chill Out Area for lunch. Sessions are bespoke and are tailored to suit the school’s requirements and study topics.

For more information and to book an educational day out at The Beatles Story visit www.beatlesstory.com/education.

Main image: Children enjoying the new-look Discovery Zone at The Beatles Story.

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