Safety Information for Schools
Background Information About The Museum:
Facilities for visitors with special needs:
First aid: There is a First Aid point in the office and shop area of the museum, and qualified first aiders are on site during opening hours.
Public liability insurance: We have appropriate public liability insurance (£50,000.000); a copy of our insurance certificate is available for inspection.
Medical needs: We should be notified if any member of your party is known to have any specific or serious medical condition. Discussion will be needed to consider emergency arrangements. We will, where it is safe to do so, aim to include fully pupils with specific or serious medical conditions within activities offered.
Staff identification: All staff who will come into contact with your school wear a badge stating their name and role. The staff and adult volunteers who work with groups of children are all fully enhanced DBS police checked. All volunteers have signed a volunteer agreement.
Toilets: Toilets (male/female/disabled) are situated in the Taliesin first floor cafe area. Care should be taken as floors can get wet and the water can be hot.
CCTV is used in the museum in the interests of our visitors, staff and collections.
Specific Information About School Workshops
Staff: The staff and adult volunteers who work with groups of children are all fully enhanced DBS police checked. All volunteers have signed a volunteer agreement. Training for appropriate behaviour with children is given to all staff and volunteers. All staff have agreed roles. The Safeguarding Policy is kept on display in the first floor foyer and all staff and volunteers are trained in the policy. Staff and volunteers of the Egypt Centre are not responsible for discipline. Visiting teachers and their assistants are expected to supervise the children at all times.
Teacher/pupil ratios: Appropriate ratios of children to adults are needed for the group overall and for specific activities. Due to the hands-on nature of the activities children are divided into small groups of a maximum of 10 children. A maximum of 40 children per group visit are accepted. A ratio of one adult per 10 children is required.
Coach parking: There is no designated parking area for coaches. Coaches need to drop school parties off at Fulton House and then the school party walk to the Egypt Centre. The coach can return to Fulton House at a pre-arranged pick-up time. The journey from the coach to the museum is pedestrianised.
Entrance: There are three entrances to the museum. The main entrance for school groups is through the Egypt Centre gift shop entrance.
The museum: The public area of the museum consists of 2 galleries, (The House of Life on the first floor and The House of Death on the ground floor), a seating area for schools to eat lunch (needs to be pre-booked) and a gift-shop. Each gallery contains cabinets of various designs and sizes, mostly wall-fitted around the perimeter. The display cases in the centre of the upstairs gallery are ceiling height and made of metal and safety glass. Running is not permitted in the museum.
Stairs: There are stairs linking the ground and first floor. There are warning notices on the stairs saying “PLEASE DO NOT RUN ON THE STAIRS.”
Toilets: There are shared toilet facilities with the Taliesin Arts Centre (male and female and disabled with baby-changing facility). Above the taps are warning notices about the hot water, which may be very hot.
Hands-on activities: The activities for schools are mainly hands-on and include, mummification on a dummy-mummy, dressing-up, using play-dough and artefact handling. Appropriate advice will be given about handling fragile objects, which includes wearing gloves provided. Visitors will be expected to take suitable care and attention when handling objects, for their own safety and for the preservation of the object. If any visitor has an allergy or wishes not to come into contact with a certain material (e.g. play-dough), please tell us in advance. All equipment is monitored daily for safety (we do not keep written records). Where national standards exist the activity equipment conforms to those standards.
The gift shop: We recommend no more than 8 children per adult visit the gift shop. We offer the facility of preparing ‘goody-bags’ with items pre-chosen by the group leader.
Complaints: If you wish to make a complaint please contact the curator using any of the contact details above.
Feedback: If, after your visit you have any concerns about any aspect of the management or safety of the museum, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss these with you.