A school visit to The Lightbox.

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum in Woking inspires creative learning in subjects including Design & Technology, Art & Design, History and English.

The site includes three galleries with regularly changing exhibitions and a permanent interactive museum called Woking’s Story, which explores the town’s history.

Students can explore each of these on a self-guided visit or alternatively The Lightbox’s learning team is on hand to deliver a range of activity sessions.

Activity sessions last approximately two hours and include a creative workshop in The Lightbox’s education studio and a visit to the relevant exhibition to complement the learning that has taken place. 

St Andrew's school visit to The Lightbox.

STO takes a look at a selection of workshops on offer at The Lightbox:

Kenneth Wood – Local Superhero

This new workshop lets students discover the story of local inventor and entrepreneur Kenneth Wood, who was the face behind the Kenwood mixer.

Suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, Kenneth Wood – Local Superhero supports studies in History, Design & Technology and Art & Design as pupils study the Kenwood displays, handle real artefacts and design and create their own invention during the session.

The Tudors in Woking

History and Art & Design combines in this Tudors in Woking session for Key Stages 1 and 2.

From making a coat of arms badge, to dressing up as a Tudor nobleman or beggar and handling original Tudor objects found on the site of Woking Palace – a royal hunting lodge owned by Henry VIII – students will explore what life was like in Woking during the Tudor period.

The Art of Storytelling

Said to be one of the most popular activities amongst students visiting The Lightbox, The Art of Storytelling lets students use the museum and art gallery’s sculptures, paintings and artefacts to create their own stories.

Role play, puppet making and speaking and listening activities are also included in this session, which is suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2 and supports studies in English and Art & Design.

The Coming of the Railway

In The Coming of the Railway workshop, students in Key Stages 1 and 2 will learn about the history of Woking and how the town has changed from farming to commerce.

For example an interactive display will give students the opportunity to see how a particular area in Woking has changed over time.


Students will explore the artwork housed in The Lightbox and explore the materials that the artists have chosen to use.

Afterwards, pupils from Key Stage 1 and 2 will create their own mini gallery using a variety of materials available.

Specific school requirements can be catered for and activity sessions can be adapted to suit different age groups or subject areas.

For more information call the Learning Team on 01483-737812, e-mail education@thelightbox.org.uk or visit www.thelightbox.org.uk/school-visits.