Puppets Around the World

Animate puppets, learn their stories, and think about the materials used to make them in this fantastic hands-on workshop.

Animate puppets, learn their stories and think about the materials used to make them in this fantastic hands-on workshop. Discover how people use puppets around the world, from busking to teaching. Experiment with light and shadow as you learn how our Indonesian shadow puppets work. Manipulate a snake-charming Indian Kathputli marionette, and work together to make our rod puppets move.

The Horniman is the perfect place to explore your topic further: discover beautiful puppets from Thailand and Poland in our World Gallery (free entry); think about the different materials used to make them and the stories they’re used to tell.

Accompanying adults are very welcome, but we may restrict access to the taught session to a maximum of 10.

Learning Objectives:

  • All pupils will be able to identify string, rod and shadow puppets
  • All pupils will be able to explain that puppets are used for different purposes around the world
  • Pupils will learn how to move and manipulate different puppets, including shadow, rod and string puppets, in a simple way

’The tutor was amazing. She held the children and staff spellbound. Great delivery and so informative. Best we have ever had!’ Teacher

Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
schools@horniman.ac.uk
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

– 1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.

Costs

Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:
– 45 minute or 1 hour object handling session, (up to 30 pupils): £72.50 ex VAT (£87.00 inc VAT) per session
– 30/45 minute object handling sessions for Special Education Needs classes (up to 12 pupils): £36.25 ex VAT (£43.50 inc VAT) per session
– 60 minute Gamelan and 90 minute sessions (up to 30 pupils): £122.50 ex VAT (£147.00 inc VAT) per session.

We offer a bursary scheme for schools that meet a set criteria.

Planning your visit

See Plan Your Day for other essential information including our Risk Assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 6 days a week; the Museum will be closed on Wednesdays. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing schools@horniman.ac.uk.

We are open from 10am–5.30pm. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge.

Entrance to our temporary exhibition, Monkey Business, can be booked for a reduced educational rate of £3 per person. Our Butterfly House and Aquarium will remain closed to school groups at this time to allow for social distancing. Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.