Building Buxton School Workshop


Buxton Crescent and Pump Room 60 mins Guided

Workshop Overview

John Carr of York came from humble beginnings to become one of the leading architects of his time. He was a great example of what can be achieved when you ‘learn by doing’ – getting hands-on to master skills and knowledge.

Inspired by Carr’s architectural learning journey, your pupils will become Architecture Apprentices – based at the Grade 1 listed Buxton Crescent. They will;

  • discover how John Carr designed a building that met the Fifth Duke of Devonshire’s brief for Buxton
  • identify the symmetry of the Crescent; observe and sketch neo-classical architectural features
  • construct 3D models of the Crescent to take back to school
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Curriculum Links


Hi2/2.1: Local history study / Georgian/Victorian Britain (A study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality.) Hi2/2.2 Extended chronological study. For example the legacy of Greek or Roman culture (art, architecture or literature)

Art and Design

Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. Use prototypes .


KS2 Human geography: including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water


Geometry: properties of shapes – identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes

Workshop Plan




10 mins

Welcome. Introduction to being a Crescent Architecture Apprentice

Brief in a Bag – how an architect’s design bring ideas into reality


20 mins

Identifying and sketching architectural features of the Crescent


20 mins

Constructing 3D models of the Crescent



The two halves of the class then swap activities.

5 mins

Plenary: Led by a BCHT facilitator the whole class come together to share learning. The children are congratulated on completing their apprenticeship and encouraged to continue spotting architectural features by looking up at the buildings around them.

Practical information

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Our suggested themed itinerary

Why not make a full day of your visit to Buxton by combining up to 3 different workshops visiting multiple venues to suit your requirements and learning outcomes.


Drop off at the old Thermal Baths, welcome and safety briefing


Become Architecture Apprentices and discover how John Carr designed a building that met the Fifth Duke of Devonshire’s brief for Buxton


Experience the story of Buxton and its famous water, with a guided exploration of the 9 rooms of the Visitor Experience. They are a unique learning environment to discover the story of how Buxton has changed over time. Your pupils can admire amazing architecture and play the interactive Water Cure game. Try on historical hats and fly on a virtual reality hot air balloon trip across the Peak District.

12:00 PM - LUNCH BREAK (Buxton Town)
1:00pm - BUXTON: WATER AND WELL WOMEN (The Pump Room)

120 years after the Crescent is built, meet Mary the Buxton Well Woman to find out if the Duke’s plan succeeded in bringing visitors to Buxton. Learn what makes the town so special as you sample, test and and sample the famous Buxton waters.

2.30pm - End of day
Collection at the coach park at Poole’s Cavern or a brisk walk back to the train station.

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