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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.

Workshops can be held both in The Wilson’s dedicated education space, The Foyle or on site at school.

Scroll Right for Exhibition specific workshops on offer now!


Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

Combine a visit to our upcoming and exciting exhibition with a school workshop; offering your students the opportunity to be inspired by the exhibition in the creation of their own piece of jewellery.
Workshops available for all Key Stages – students will learn a variety of jewellery-making techniques, from making their own beads to simple wire work, then design and create their own piece to take away.


*Costs include exhibition entry and all materials.

Weekday workshops available 9th September- 25th October 2019

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 £60 plus VAT per academic year or £10 per box. The Takeaway is open Tuesday – Thursday, 2pm – 5pm.

Download The Wilson Takeaway Loans Service Brochure 2019 and Terms and Conditions 

Email for more information or to book.

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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