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Key stages: Key stage 2
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The Great Eastern: 1857

The Great Eastern: 1857

View of the Great Eastern under construction with sailing boats in the foreground, from The London illustrated News, 1857.

Session description

Experiment with forces and motion in this fun, practical session fusing history with engineering and science.

Discover how the development of shipping from sail to steam made London and the Thames a hub for global trade and led to the growth of the Docklands.

Then head to our learning room and inspire your future engineers with a hands-on investigation of the effects of wind power on boats.


 Free (but cancellation charges apply)

Group size:

 35, 3 groups per day

Session duration:

 75 minute session plus 30 minute self-directed gallery visit

How to book this session

This session is currently available at the following times:

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To book, please call the Box Office on 020 7001 9844. If you have difficulty using the telephone, please visit the museum accessibility page for assistance.

Please be aware that you are booking a timetabled package that includes set times for your session, self-directed gallery time, and lunch tables for your group.

Help with visit costs

Are you a London school? You might be eligible for money to cover transport and visit costs! Find out more on the Culture Mile School Visits Fund website (external link, opens in a new tab).

Additional handy information

Curriculum links

  • KS2 History: Beyond 1066 (Victorian); Local history study
  • KS2 Science: Forces

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