The British Schools Museum is self-funded museum in Hitchin focused on 19th and 20th century education. Of great interest is the Monitorial Schoolroom, the last known one, telling the story of Joseph Lancaster bringing education to the poor for the first time in the UK, opening up opportunity for all in schools across the world. Our aim is to continue the legacy of the original school with community, curiosity and learning at the heart of everything we do.
We have a very popular school trip programme, with over 400 children visiting in June 2023 alone to experience a historic lesson in one of our period classrooms. In addition we offer a community space for community events, offer affordable craft activities for families over all half-terms and holidays, welcome researchers and volunteers into work on our historical education archive, and run a stay-and-play café which offers young families a safe and welcoming space in the heart of Hitchin.