School visits to the Old Low Light Heritage Centre



The Old Low Light Heritage Centre offers many opportunities for pupils to learn the history of North Shields and its Fish Quay.

Visits and projects can be tailored across all key stages depending on the curriculum. The building is fully accessible, has free wi-fi and there is a large outside area.

Teaching staff are encouraged to contact our office to discuss what is on offer for schools, for example:

Visits to our heritage gallery

Art, heritage, maritime and fishing traditions, the river and natural world. Free, self-guided visits are available to all schools if booked in advance.

Interactive visits

Visits can be tailored, in discussion with teachers, to suit all key stages. A visit to the centre could last a whole school day and could include a number of different activities (agreed in advance).

There is a small charge, all visits must be booked one month in advance, schools must organise their own transport and bring packed lunches. Workshops available are as follows:

  • History – KS1 (Changes Within Living Memory) Fish Quay Tour
  • History – KS1 (Events Beyond Living Memory) Founding of Shields
  • History – KS1 (Events Beyond Living Memory) The Tudor Tyne
  • History – KS1 (Lives of Significant People). Gardner/ Collingwood/ Spence
  • History – KS2 (Iron Age and Romans) Brigantes and Hadrian – Reenactor
  • History – KS2 (Anglo Saxons and Vikings) Settlers and Raiders Reenactor
  • History – KS2 (Local History Study) Clifford’s Fort
  • History – KS3 (Church and State) Henry VIII and The Tudor Tyne
  • History – KS3 (Political Power, Industry and Empire) North Shields & Slavery
  • History – KS3 (Challenges for Britain Since 1901) North Shields WW1 and WW2
  • Geography – KS1,2,3 (Human and Physical Geography) Cliffs, Beaches, Sea, River
  • Geography – KS1,2,3 (Maps and Navigation) Workshop with Master Mariner
  • Geography – KS1,2,3 (Photographs) Fish Quay Then and Now Workshop

Projects linked to our exhibitions

There are opportunities across all key stages for schools to get involved. Talk to us about our planned programme and ideas for involvement.

Please direct all enquiries to Old Low Light office at:

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