The Curtis Museum is a Hampshire County Council facility and is therefore operated within HCC’s rigorous Health & Safety Policies.
All activities for visiting school pupils and the resources used in these activities are risk assessed.
The Curtis Museum is on Alton’s High Street, a one-way street in the town centre. If you are using a coach, your driver will drop you directly outside next to our neighbouring War Memorial, which is on the same side as the Museum.
The Museum has two floors which are accessed by two stair cases; one stair case is near the front of the building, the other at the back. There are no visitor toilets, but the Curtis Museum’s team are happy to allow pupils access to their toilet during their visit. Please note this is in a staff only area at the back of the building so a member of staff is required to provide access.
A small gift shop and the Museum’s reception are at the front of the building, with the Museum’s permanent displays further in and upstairs.
The Museum is open to members of the public 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday during the week, so there will be other visitors in the building when you visit.
If you have booked a facilitated session, your Interpreter-Demonstrator will oversee your activities, including ensuring everyone in your group is aware of the handling rules.
Handling rules – your Interpreter-Demonstrator will explain why visitors aren’t able to handle everything in our museums. They will also ask that everyone (adults and pupils alike) take care when handling our collections by 1. only handling one object at a time and 2. using two hands with each object.
It’s advisable to wash your hands before you arrive at the Museum for a session and again before you eat anything if you have handled museum collections.
Your Interpreter-Demonstrator will introduce the building to you and will advise you what to do if you hear an alarm during your visit.
Please note that responsibility for pupils and their behaviour remains with teachers/accompanying adults at all times.
Alton’s Assembly Rooms are one of our neighbours and on occasion we may invite pupils to use their toilet facilities.