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Learning at The Wilson

The mission of Learning at The Wilson is to make our service the departure lounge for a voyage of discovery for anyone who wants to get on board. The Foyle Learning Centre on the ground floor is the venue for a wide range of inspiring hands-on activities and imaginative workshops led by The Wilson’s experienced Learning Team.

If you would like more information or to book any of the activities we offer, please contact the Learning Team at

School Visits

The Learning Team offers a variety of school workshops linked to our collections and exhibitions. They last for approximately two hours, and when combined with an art workshop, up to three. The workshops consist of an introduction illustrated by a variety of artefacts, pictures and, if appropriate, clothing, followed by a hands-on session during which children undertake a variety of activities on a carousel basis, which may include object handling, drawing and dressing-up.

As The Wilson is currently closed, these are presently unavailable, but we look forward to welcoming school groups back to The Wilson as soon as it is possible to do so.

Takeaway loans service

The Museum Takeaway Service is a resource loans service for schools, colleges, community groups, care homes and many other organisations across the county. We offer a wide selection of boxes to hire, including natural history, social history, ancient history and culture. Many of the themed boxes are curriculum-related – for example The Romans, World War II, Slavery, Judaism, and Traditional Toys.

The annual subscription fee is just £60+VAT per academic year or £10+VAT per box.

The Museum Takeaway is currently open for loans, with varying opening days and times. Please email for any bookings or queries.

Download The Wilson Takeaway Loans Service Brochure 2020 and Ts and Cs 20-21 by clicking the links.


The Wilson Arts Collective

The Wilson Arts Collective (or WAC for short) is a group for young people aged 15 to 25 who love art and culture. The Collective meets weekly to plan and deliver activities and events for other young people aged 15 to 25, developing creative projects that engage with the collections and exhibitions at The Wilson.

Wilson Arts Collective provides important opportunities for young people to gain new experiences, from developing their skills as artists to producing live events. The Collective also supports participants to develop valuable social relationships with other young people, often from very different backgrounds to themselves. The Wilson is an important hub for the Collective to meet, rehearse, take part in workshops, and showcase their work.

Find WAC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

CPD Sessions for Primary Teachers

The Wilson Learning Team offers termly CPD sessions for teachers to develop their artistic skills for use back in the classroom. Come and join us for relaxed and friendly evening sessions.


For more information, please see our CPD flyer, or email us to book!

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