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Community Group Visits

Group Visits to the Centre

The History of Education Centre welcomes visits from community groups as well as school groups.

Come and find out what school was like for a Victorian pupil. Try writing with a split-nib pen and ink, or on a slate with a slate pencil. Maybe you’ll get the belt…?

Your group can choose to take part in an authentic Victorian lesson led by one of our volunteer role-play teachers, or if you prefer you can simply come in and have a look at the exhibits in our schoolroom and museum room, many of which you can use or touch.

Our maximum number of participants is 30 (minimum 10) – this is so that everyone has a chance to take part. If your group is larger than 30 we would ask that you make two separate bookings with us.


Opening Times

The History of Education Centre is open by appointment only.

The Heart is open to casual visitors on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, when you may visit the schoolroom with young volunteer guides. We welcome adult or family groups, especially over the summer holiday period, so for a more immersive experience please email our administrator with your requirements. For a better experience we recommend a minimum of 10 people.


How to book a visit

If your community group would like to visit the History of Education Centre, please email our administrator at

Please note, in the event that you need to cancel a booking, please give us as much notice as possible – our volunteers’ time is valuable.

Groups who cancel giving us less than 24 hours notice or who do not give us any notification at all will be charged a small fee, except in the case of a genuine emergency or poor weather conditions.

Unfortunately there is no level access to the History of Education Centre.



The History of Education Centre is run by a charity, the History of Education Centre (Lothian) SCIO. We do not receive any funding so a small charge is made to cover our costs.

The cost is £8 per adult.