Eastleigh 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.
Eastleigh Museum is on Eastleigh’s High Street, a well-used one-way street in the town centre. If you are using a coach, your driver will arrange to drop you somewhere convenient and safe within easy walking distance of the Museum.
The Museum and it’s special exhibitions gallery is on one, level floor. There are no visitor toilets, but Eastleigh Museum’s team are happy to allow pupils access to their toilet during their visit.
A small gift shop and the Whistle Stop Café are at the front of the building, with the Museum’s permanent displays behind and the special exhibitions gallery at the back of the building.
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.
Please note that should any of your pupils have an accident while at Eastleigh Museum, it must be reported to a member of staff.
Before your visit, an Education Officer will contact you either to arrange to meet you at the Museum during your pre-visit to carry out your risk assessment or to carry out a telephone pre-visit.