Primary school visits

Charleston is a unique place for a school visit. Young people have the opportunity to experience first hand the home of two artists, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, whose work helped to shape British modern art. Charleston also has a strong literary heritage – Vanessa Bell’s sister, Virginia Woolf, was one of many writers who spent time here. The beautiful, decorated interiors of Charleston and the rich history of the house form the basis of all our educational activities.

School visits can be half a day or whole day depending on your preference. A visit will typically include a tour of the house led by an experienced guide, with time for activities such as discussion, sketching and recording information. We also work with a number of local artists to facilitate creative practical workshops, including textile printing and clay portraits, to complement your house tour. Each of these sessions tends to last one hour. We have also extended our offer to schools by bringing Charleston’s literary heritage to life through creative writing and storytelling workshops.

We tailor each school visit to ensure they meet your specific requirements and support your learning journeys.

Practical arrangements

We have capacity for one class of 30 (plus staff) at any one time. This ensures your visit is accommodated comfortably within the limited space available for schools.

We request a ratio of six adults per class of 30.