Hoard Hunting: hidden histories

From £4/pupil
Buxton Museum 60 mins Guided

Workshop Overview

People have hidden, buried, squirrelled away and lost precious objects since ancient times. Explore the displays of stunning artefacts in the Wonders of the Peaks gallery, learning about ancient buried treasure, how it was lost, and found and what it can tell us about life in the past. Digging deeper and getting hands on with history from all eras, you will assume the roles of metal detectorists, archaeologists, and museum professionals as you aim to find, preserve, label and display your own Buxton hoards.

To book call 07881 40 60 59
or email learn@buxtoncrescenttrust.org

British history - (Roman Britain / iron age to Anglo Saxons) / local history – extended period study (hoards and burials) Archaeology


Comparing numbers - measuring and comparing data. Measuring / Sorting and Counting Currency


Spoken language - use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas / participate in discussions, presentations, performances and debates. Writing - Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own / noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary

Practical information

Below are some useful documents to help you plan your visit. On confirming a booking with us we will email out copies of the below documents along with further information about each activity. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.


We aim to make the booking process as simple as possible. The best place to start is to complete our enquiry form by clicking on the link below...

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 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road. Welcome and safety briefing

10:00 AM - Hoard Hunting: Hidden Histories (Buxton Museum)
Getting hands-on with history from all eras, you will assume the roles of metal detectorist, archaeologists, and museum professionals as you aim to find your own Buxton hoards.
11:00 AM - Roman Buxton (Buxton Museum)

Learn a story of Roman visitors to Buxton, with the Fabula Aquae puppet performance and workshop. Can you help our auxilliary soldier save enough denarii for retirement?

12:00 PM - LUNCH BREAK (Buxton Town / Poole's Cavern)

Travel via coach (or on foot if you’re not too hungry!) to Poole’s Cavern and Country Park to take lunch and prepare for the afternoon’s excitement!

1:15 PM - SPECTACULAR CAVE TOUR (Poole's Cavern)
Join an expert cave guide to explore the spectacular ancient Poole’s Cavern cave system.
2.15pm - End of day
Collection at the coach park at Poole’s Cavern or a brisk walk back to the train station.

Contact us

Please complete the form below if you have an enquiry. We'll reply as soon as possible, usually no more than 48 hours after receipt. If you'd prefer to email or call direct please contact us on learn@buxtoncrescenttrust.org or 07929 316270


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Workshop Overview

If for whatever reason you are unable to come to us for a learning visit, we can bring the learning to your school. With a little tweaking most of our workshops can be delivered as outreach activities at your school, my just one member of our learning team. Whether your topic be Prehistory, Romans or Victorians, our learning workshops can be tailored to fit your intended learning outcomes and school timetable. Contact us to enquire about prices and availability and we look forward to visiting you!