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From 1857 to 1928, the museum building was the Peterborough Infirmary, the first hospital for the city. Primary sources in the museum collection and census records from 1911 have been used in planning this fully immersive experience day.

Imagine it is over 100 years ago. So instead of coming to Peterborough Museum, you have come to Peterborough Infirmary as trainee nurses! During the day the significance of this building and the pioneering work of the staff and others will be brought to life as pupils meet characters from the past and work in original spaces. Will your class pass their first day of training and receive a certificate?

Take part in the following activities:

  • Matron Cavell is visiting us to see how we train our new nurses! Help to get the operating theatre all ready for Doctor Walker as you find out more about Edith Cavell and the changes in the nursing profession over time.
  • Meet Eve Hall in the original Victorian kitchen and use original objects as you help with the chores including making pastry and cleaning the numerous sheets. You will also make a nurse’s or doctor’s hat.
Up to 35 pupils £200
Up to 25 pupils £180
Lunch room (per group) Included


How to book Email or call 01733 864 700/706


Testimonials: “It was all so well organised. The fact that the staff were dressed up for role play made it so much more interesting. The children learned so much and now want to learn more.”

(teacher from Anthony Curton CEVA Primary School)

“Activities were perfect for Year 2. Very hands on and accessible. All questions were answered well and activity times were just great.”

(teacher from Southfields Primary School)