School Visits
merchants house picture by Emily

Educational Programme


The Merchant's House welcomes visits from schools.  We have developed a programme lasting two hours that is informative and fun for children.  The recommended age range is Years 1 - 6 and each visit can be tailored to specific needs and timings.  Visits can also be arranged for secondary-aged students.  We can take anywhere between 5 to 30 pupils for a visit. 

Click here to see an example programme for a school visit.  

Thanks to a grant we've received, school visits continue to be free, and since 2017 about 450 children and their 60 staff/helpers have explored this 17th century house of 'Middling Sort' (middle class with aspirations!) accompanied by Mr Bayly's servants. our volunteer guides.
merchants house mealtimes

In addition to visiting eight rooms in the house and handling artefacts from this period, the tour includes a visit to the Marlborough Museum.
helmet merchants house
Especially popular with the children is trying on Civil War armour, removal of Covid-19 restrictions permitting.
bed ropes merchants houseBed ropes (" Night, night, sleep tight"!)
merchants house kitchenChildren find the kitchen especially fascinating, with no fridge and probably lots of mice
merchants house replica costumes
Replica 17thC costumes
Pupils leave with a 'goodie bag' including a quiz and an illustrated leaflet to take home.

The visits have promoted wonderful artwork, diaries and letters....one Year 5 boy wrote "The thing I like best about the Merchant's House is everything."

Please email the Trust Manager for more information or to arrange a visit: trustmanager@themerchantshouse.co.uk