LEARNING AT THE MAGICAL BEATLES MUSEUM

ABOUT OUR EDUCATION TEAM

The Magical History Beatles Museum is housed in a large three storey former Victorian warehouse. It comprises over 300 primary and secondary source items of Beatles memorabilia that provide an invaluable resource for educators, and learners of all ages.

Manager and Beatles historian Paul Parry, is a personal friend of former Beatles drummer Pete Best and of the museum’s founder Roag Best. He has spent a career as a teacher in a range of schools and has a true understanding of how teaching and lesson planning works in practice and how best to support learning outside the classroom, college or university. In addition Paul has put his musical talents to work and created a song that champions children’s rights which has been adopted by the UNICEF charity. The Education Team at the museum has over 45 years of combined frontline educational experience and includes an in house consultant with a Master’s Degree in Education.

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Educational Visits

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Activities

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University and colleges

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Educator Museum Visits

Educators are welcome to visit the museum

Support Materials

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Facilities

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Educational Visits

We offer guided tours to groups of students ranging from infant to university level. Topics can be selected from a range of workshops available or, if preferred, following consultation with educators prior to the visit, we can produce a bespoke tour with appropriate resources.

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ACTIVITIES

Mini Magical Mystery Hunter

KS1-KS2

Suitable for KS1-KS2. Following a tour of the museum this activity encourages younger students to search the museum and locate exhibits using visual clues. They are rewarded for their efforts with Mini Magical History Hunter stickers! This exercise serves to reinforce learning and stimulate interest. The worksheets can be modified to accommodate a range of ability levels and can be adjusted to cater for students with special needs.

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Mini Magical Mystery Hunter

KS1-KS2

Suitable for KS1-KS2. Following a tour of the museum this activity encourages younger students to search the museum and locate exhibits using visual clues. They are rewarded for their efforts with Mini Magical History Hunter stickers! This exercise serves to reinforce learning and stimulate interest. The worksheets can be modified to accommodate a range of ability levels and can be adjusted to cater for students with special needs.

The Beatles Get Arrested

KS2 – writing for different purposes, MFL (German), PSHE. British Values and Citizenship).

The arrest of two members of the Beatles on their first trip to Hamburg sets the backdrop for this activity. Students get an opportunity to write their own VISA application and inspired by Paul McCartney’s and Pete Best’s apology letters to the German authorities they give themselves a chance to apologise for an imagined misdemeanour.

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What If The Beatles Manager Was A Woman

Feminism (GCSE- English, Media Studies, Business Studies. A level- Media and Business Studies)

Mona Best managed many of The Beatles interests in their early years. This activity explores the then and now of society’s attitude to women and, using the primary and secondary sources in the museum, invites students to discuss the difficulties women faced in the 1950s and whether since then their position in society has changed.

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Brand Identity

GCSE-English, Media Studies, Business Studies. A level- Media and Business Studies

This activity investigates how the Beatles brand was promoted through merchandising. Students use the many primary sources in the museum to understand the money making mechanisms involved in branding and the ultimate ethical dilemma the Beatles faced when they studied Eastern Mysticism that arguably seemed to contradict their lifestyles.

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Revolver

GCSE-English, Media Studies, Business Studies. A level- Media and Business Studies

The Beatles Revolver album signalled a radical change in musical direction for the group. This workshop explores the ideas behind the album which is steeped in Indian Mysticism and questions whether such beliefs provide any answers about the concepts of life and death.

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Universities and Colleges

The museum provides rich and diverse opportunities for advanced studies and by working with unique primary and secondary sources promotes engagement with both The Beatles lives and the social and cultural history of the 1950s to the 1970s.

We are delighted to welcome visits from further and higher educational practitioners attached to Colleges and Universities. This will present them with an opportunity to assess how the museum can facilitate and add value to a learning or research experience.

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Educator Museum Visits

Educators are welcome to visit the museum on a speculative basis. We will offer them a free guided tour in order to assess for themselves the potential the museum has to offer for their particular curricular interest. This offers an opportunity to ask questions about our facilities and to discuss any support materials that we can prepare and provide.

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Support Materials

We have risk assessments and comprehensive child protection policy
documentation which all staff are familiar with.

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Facilities

The museum is situated in Mathew Street which can be accessed from North John Street or Victoria Street. A member of our team can meet and escort groups into the museum if required. There are storage facilities available for bags and coats etc.

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Coach Parking

View the document below to view the allocated areas for coach parking

CONTACT

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