Hampshire Cultural Trust

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This map pinpoints some of the most exciting cultural venues in Hampshire.

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Science sessions

The science rooms at SEARCH are very flexible with a wide range of specimens so we can plan a workshop tailored to your particular unit of work – please enquire.

Animals including Humans

Animal Antics

Early Years
Nursery and Year R groups can enjoy this ‘museums for beginners’ workshop, using different elements of play to explore our science collection. There are opportunities to dress up, play games, make things and experience well known stories, songs and rhymes brought to life through encounters with the animals that feature in them.

Creature Features

Covers animal groups and characteristics using a wealth of real specimens including the animal skulls of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Children explore human body parts and senses through models and hands-on activities.

Dinosaurs and Beyond

Gives children the opportunity to explore the world of dinosaurs, what our area looked like from the earliest times to the Ice Ages, what other creatures and plants were around with the dinosaurs, and what they were really like using real dinosaur and other fossil specimens.

Staying Alive

Includes studying animal life cycles and baby animals, the basic needs of animals for survival, and how to stay healthy.

Skeletons and Movement

A workshop designed for Year 3 and uses real and replica skeletons, animal specimens and human body models to explore the functions of bones and muscles.

Teeth and Eating

Designed for Year 4 and includes hands-on activities about digestion and healthy eating, human teeth, animal diets, and food webs using real animal and plant specimens.

Living things and their habitats

Habitat Explorers

Gives children an opportunity to explore and compare living and non-living things using real specimens for hands-on activities. It focuses on adaptations in different habitats, food chains and interdependence.


Covers similar topics to Habitat Explorers focusing on minibeasts. It also includes life cycles and animal groups characteristics from other Programmes of Study.

Animals and Classification

Can be offered at Year 4 or Year 6 level. Younger children sort vertebrates into their groups by observing the features of real specimens using keys and scientific equipment. Older children get to grips with more complicated taxonomy and the work of Carl Linnaeus through fun challenges with a variety of specimens.


Riveting Rocks and Fascinating Fossils

Includes identifying rocks with keys and through testing, investigating how rocks are formed, and separating soils to identify them from constituent rocks and organic matter.

Properties and Changes of Materials and States of Matter

Junior Scientists

Gets children testing rocks and other natural materials from the SEARCH for Science collections for hardness, permeability, floating and sinking and magnetism; sieving and analysing soils, and rocking around Hampshire with the interactive geology mat.

Evolution and Inheritance

Darwin’s Detectives

A workshop in which children can explore Darwin’s big ideas through hands-on activities with real specimens. They can investigate how evolution through natural selection works by observing finches’ beaks and experimenting with camouflage. They explore the branches and dead-ends on a tree of life with a wealth of specimens from fossils to stuffed mammals. The children become 19th century scientists studying Darwin’s animals for their adaptations, and put together Darwin’s life story to present in role in his parlour.

Remarkable Creatures


Uses dinosaur and marine fossils to demonstrate the work of Mary Anning and how the story of early life has been pieced together.