SEARCH hands-on centre brings learning to life for schools, groups, families and the local community by providing exciting encounters with real museum collections.

SEARCH is a unique venue full of artefacts and specimens. We offer a very flexible resource and deliver real and relevant learning sessions for all age groups using our well-equipped science spaces and historic room sets. SEARCH is not just about history and science. We also have a wealth of resources that inspire creativity, art and literacy to encourage the development of skills and knowledge in all topics.

Our facilities are mainly available to pre-booked groups only, but look out for our family days and holiday workshops, when SEARCH is open to everyone.

All sessions at SEARCH need to be pre-booked. If you would like to book for your school or group, please email or call 02393 877840.

School visits

Digital schools sessions from SEARCH

We understand that for some schools, trips out to museums may not be feasible. Let us bring SEARCH to you with a digital session for your class! We can cover a range of history and science topics including fossils, classification, animal adaptation, and changes in living memory, all using our extensive collection of museum objects and natural science specimens. Prices start at £30 for a 30 minute Zoom or Microsoft teams visit for one class. To discuss your requirements, please contact

Our facilitator-led, topic-based sessions for schools are designed to enrich and enhance children’s learning and thinking skills across the curriculum by using real artefacts and specimens. 

We offer a range of two-hour workshops which are tailored to meet your requirements and supported by free teachers' packs, pre-visit meetings and the use of indoor eating areas. Alternatively, you can use our resources and expertise to develop bespoke projects or provide learning hooks and exciting, meaningful outcomes for challenge-based work.

Our workshops



Group visits

As well as reminiscence workshops, we offer a range of other sessions for adults, including those with learning disabilities. Hampshire Habitats (natural history), Roman Rubbish (archaeology), Museum Makers (art and display), and History Handling or Touching Nature(for visually impaired groups) are just a selection of the sessions available.

We also offer sessions for community-based children's groups such as Brownies and Cubs to support badge work on animals, hobbies, collecting, local history and more.


There is public car parking near SEARCH, including disabled spaces close to the building’s entrance. There is a separate level entrance to the ground floor, a lift to the first floor, accessible toilet and a portable hearing loop. More details are available at

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