The mischievous Marley’s Ghost has trapped Scrooge’s heart deep inside a locked box! Can you help restore Scrooge’s humanity?  

In the first 45-minutes of the workshop, students will work collaboratively using inference and applying literary and problem-solving skills to complete a series of challenges. Through learning about ghosts and Scrooge’s character, students will aim to ‘free’ Scrooge’s trapped heart and prevent him from becoming heartless forever!

You’ll need to have your wits about you and bring your best literacy skills if you want to stand a chance of beating Marley’s Ghost at his own game. Once you’ve set Scrooge’s heart free, you’ll explore the museum through a ghostly lens, learning about Victorian beliefs around the supernatural. You may even hear some ghostly tales along the way…

This session looks closely at A Christmas Carol whilst also providing strong contextual information about Victorian life and supernatural beliefs. 


Curriculum Links:

English KS3:

Reading— understand increasingly challenging texts through: making inferences and referring to evidence in the text; knowing the purpose, audience for and context of the writing and drawing on this knowledge to support comprehension

Speaking—pupils should be taught to speak confidently and effectively, including participating in structured discussions, summarising and/or building on what has been said 

History KS3:

Unit—ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901—Britain as the first industrial nation—the impact on society


Optional Extras

Informative and highly entertaining Dickens walk with expert Richard Jones; exploring London through Dickens’s eyes.
For more information click here.

Onsite – 2 hours. All workshops are integrated into interactive guided tours of the historic house.

Class of up to 30 students, Off-peak £250 (Jan-Oct), Peak £290 (Nov-Dec). Please enquire for smaller groups. 


Booking forms and enquiries should be sent to:
Download onsite education visit booking form
Download onsite education visit terms and conditions
Download onsite education visit visual story for schools

We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per booking slot. We have the capacity to run two half day sessions onsite each day from 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Please note that for the safety of your group we require a minimum adult-to-student ratio of 1:10 for each onsite booking.

Please be advised that full payment is required in order to confirm your booking. Amendments and cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to your visit, after which no refund will be available.

Thank you 

We are grateful to Arts Council England for a National Lottery Project Grant which is supporting a wide-ranging community project to develop the exhibition themes and content, as well as engagement activities for children, young people and families.

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