Utilising material from the Bankes Archive, we can offer a wide range of learning opportunities to schools, colleges, universities and community groups.
Activities can include:
- Visits to the Dorset History Centre, which can include a ‘behind the scenes’ tour to learn about how we care for and protect the county’s archives. Visitors can see historical documents first-hand and hear some of the stories behind them.
- Induction sessions that demonstrate how to use the Dorset History Centre, and what sources are available to help with research projects. The content of these sessions can be tailored to particular themes or periods drawing on material from the Bankes Archive.
- Workshops on skills and techniques that aid working with archive documents, such as palaeography.
These sessions usually last around one to one-and-a-half hours. Please note that there is a charge attached to learning activities, which will depend on your requirements.
As part of the project we have created a cross-curricular learning resources for teachers. These downloadable resource packs covers a range of topics, from the English Civil War at Corfe Castle, to the Ancient Egyptians and World War 2.
Bankes Archive Schools Learning pack
The following pack consists of 30 lesson activities for a variety of age groups, each rooted in the local history of the Bankes family and using original archive material.
- Bankes Archive Schools Learning pack 2017-18 – Introduction and Lesson Plans
- Learning Pack Resources Part 1 (1.1-2.6) – Bankes family tree; household accounts
- Learning Pack Resources Part 2 (3.1-8.2) – Egyptian monuments; Sir John’s will; shape; Corfe Castle poem; William John’s script
- Learning Pack Resources Part 3 (9.1-10.3) – Diaries and letters
- Learning Pack Resources Part 4 (11.1-16.9) – Circuits; diseases; archival materials; world travel; maps and plans
- Learning Pack Resources Part 5 (17.1-20.10) – William John’s travels; Corfe Castle estate; Kingston Lacy estate; Egyptian art
- Learning Pack Resources Part 6 (21.1-25.2) – Egyptian temples; English Civil War; Edwardian handwriting; women of the Bankes family; deciphering codes
- Learning Pack Resources Part 7 (26.1-28.1) – Paintings at Kingston Lacy house; war time recipes; Henry John Ralph’s boat
A journey through Egypt
The following pack uses letters, notes and images from the Bankes collection alongside supplementary material to document the travels of William John and his associates through Egypt. William John visited several temples and Ancient Egyptian monuments through the early 1800s as these sites were being rediscovered by himself and his contemporaries.
- A Journey through Egypt- Information pack
- Abu Simbel- the Small temple
- Abu Simbel-The Great Temple
- Jebel Barkal
- The Island of Philae
- The Pyramids of Meroe
- The Temple at Kalabsha
- Wadi es Sebua
These learning materials will give you a flavour of what the collection has to offer. If you have any questions regarding the material or would like higher resolution versions of the resources available in the pack please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you would like to learn more about the project we currently offer a talk entitled ‘Unlocking the Bankes Archive’. This talk gives an overview on the progress of the project, forthcoming work and highlights key documents from within the collection.
We currently offer two storytelling sessions that accompany our touring exhibition:
- Life below stairs: Crockery, Croquet and a King’s visit – Storyteller Judy Cooper illustrates what it was like living in the grand house of Kingston Lacy in Edwardian times, from the point of view of the housemaid.
- Tricks, Treats and Toilets in Corfe Castle – Storyteller Liz Day recounts stories about what it was like living in Corfe Castle in the Middle Ages and during the Civil War.
To find out more please see the What’s on page.
Please contact us if you are interested in arranging a visit, learning session or a talk.