The Willis Museum

Basingstoke

Hazard information

All Willis Museum activities and resources are risk assessed in accordance with Hampshire County Council policy; The Willis Museum is a Hampshire County Council facility and therefore operates within the County's rigorous Health and Safety policy. Schools are also required to do their own risk assessments which take into account any specific needs that the group that they are bringing may have.

The Willis Museum is located in the ‘top of town’ area of Basingstoke. If you are using a coach/public transport, your driver will drop you off on the behind the back of McDonalds on New Road.  

If you are arriving before 10am please be aware the Market Square is open to vehicles.

The Building

  • On entrance to the building – there are concrete steps, however there are handrails on either sides to the steps and a ramp for those with mobility disabilities to use
  • The Museum consists of 2 floors which are accessed by two stair cases
  • The Sainsbury Gallery exhibits a range of temporary exhibitions. All people should be aware of cases in the gallery whilst walking around the space.
  • The “Story of Basingstoke” exhibition  on the 1st floor is quite small, it would be advisable to split your class up into two groups in order to avoid congestion
  • Children should go up/down the stairs in single file holding onto the hand rail.
  • There are objects in the exhibition which are free standing, these can be touched with supervision of the teacher/adult, but are not to be moved.
  • The building is equipped with a workable and frequently tested fire alarm
  • All fire escapes are accessible
  • If there fire alarm is activated – please listen to instructions provided by Museum Staff.
  • Toilets are situated on the first floor – we have a unisex and disabled toilet which pupils are able to use
  • There is a small gift shop and attached café which is used by the public.

Object handling session

  • There will be supervision and guidance on how to handle the objects
  • All children (and adults) must wash hands after handling objects. It is advisable to wash your hands before you arrive at the Museum for a session and again before eating anything
  • All children must listen to the instructions provided by the Museum session facilitator
  • Your Interpreter demonstrator will explain why visitors aren’t able to handle everything in the museum collections.
  • Please note that responsibility for pupils and their behaviour remains with teachers/accompanying adults at all times.