Learning in the Caves

Discover how the caves were created. Who lived there and who worked there. Visit the only medieval underground tannery in the UK, then experience how people found refuge in caves during WWII air raids. And, see the footprints of Victorian slums - remains of a bygone world above ground.

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Cave detectives

Explore the historic caves under the streets of Nottingham. Learn about the people who lived there and how the caves were used at different times throughout history.

KS1 | One hour session

Cave explorers

Take part in a mini-dig, based on what a real archaeologist would do. Learn about the caves’ different uses and the people who lived and worked there.

KS2 | Two hour session

Nottingham rocks

Explore how the man-made sandstone caves have been used over time. Identify the properties of different types of rock and how they fit into the rock cycle.

KS2 | Two hour session

Cave tours

Explore one of the largest sets of caves underneath Nottingham. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked there.

KS3 | 45 minute session

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Visit practicalities

Visit practicalities, directions and useful pre/post visit information for groups visiting our education teams.

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Risk assessments

We have completed risk assessments for our City of Caves exhibition. For assessments on the various education spaces available at the National Justice Museum, please click here.

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Our learning programmes are handled by the National Justice Museum. Please visit the pages on the museum website with full information about educational experiences, planning your visit and how to make an enquiry.

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