We welcome visits from schools and colleges. We can arrange a variety of activities, depending on your requirements. Our displays cover both the technical and social changes that computers have made to society, as well as the history of computers and related areas.
Many of our items can be handled, but we do ask that all visitors reat them with care. We aim to have a variety of machines running to give visitors a real sense of how they differ from modern computers.
We open for group visits by arrangement, from Monday to Thursday. The museum is not open to the general public at these times, so your group will have sole access for your visit.
We offer a range of activities, including workshops and museum tours. These cover various topics and are suitable for both primary and secondary pupils.
Museum tours include quizzes, and mini-projects which can be completed at school if preferred. Both tours and workshops are suitable for up to 8 pupils - larger groups can be split, each spending half of the visit on a tour and then a workshop.
The gallery area is on the ground floor, and accessible by wheelchair. Our classroom is downstairs, but if necessary we could transfer those activities to the ground floor.
Accompanying adults and supervision
We do require a minimum of two adults with each group; as our premises are on two levels this ensures that all pupils will have a school adult with them. The recommended supervision ratio set by Swindon Council is 1 to 5 at KS1, 1 to 8 at KS2 and 1 to 15 at KS3 and above. Teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for the behaviour and general health and safety of their pupils at the museum. Teachers and accompanying adults should remain with their pupils at all times for their health and safety and to accompany them in case of evacuation.
We charge £3 per student, accompanying adults are free. Payment can be by cash on the day, by cheque (either in advance or on the day) or by PayPal if you prefer.
We'll be happy to let staff visit to see what we have to offer, and to plan for a school or college visit. Contact us to arrange a suitable time.
There are many food outlets locally, but if you wish to bring packed lunches they can be eaten in the classroom.
Our toilet is in the downstairs classroom area, but there are disabled toilets in the Central Library just a minute away.