John Bunyan Museum
Info for Schools
Contact Details

The John Bunyan Museum tells the story of this renowned author, pastor and preacher and famous Bedford figure. Visitors to the museum are able to take a walk through Bunyan’s life and times. We offer an engaging learning experience for your class through hands-on sessions and cross-curriculum exploration of our site. A visit lasts between 1 – 2 hours, and the site can accommodate up to 60 children divided into 2-3 groups rotated across the site.

A Standard Visit:

  • 30mins guided tour of the museum – investigating the life and times of the significant local individual John Bunyan.
  • 30mins tour of the church – using the stained glass windows to tell the story of The Pilgrim’s Progress and it’s Bedfordshire settings.
  • 30mins replica investigative handling-session – ‘Rich and Poor in Bunyan’s Bedfordshire’*, investigate how differently rich and poor people lived in Bunyan’s Bedfordshire.
  • Additional/ optional: 30min replica costume session ‘John and Elizabeth Bunyan’ *- (also available as whole group final session in church).

To support these sessions and to add optional on-site activities there is a Teachers Resource Pack available.

Outreach: Our outreach session supports local history KS1 & 2, and develops discovery and enquiry skills. A session lasts 1 hour, and includes the ‘John and Elizabeth Bunyan costume’ and ‘Rich and Poor in Bunyan’s Bedfordshire’ (*see above). The session can be repeated for multiple classes.

‘It has been an interesting day. Thank you for letting us hold the artefacts.’

– Abbey Middle school pupil

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Fee Structure

Visit to museum - £1 per child + £15 room hire. / Outreach visit - £60 per hour, + 45p per mile


REFERENCE 1: Andrew Whitbread, Bedford Prep School, school number- 01234 362274

REFERENCE 2: Karen Lowe, Hazeldene Lower School, 01234 300100

Other Information

Accessibility: Chairlift to museum

Parking: Coach drop-off point at rear of museum.

Insurance: Public liability insurance.

Safeguarding: DBS/CRB checked.

Arts Award: Arts Award Supporter. Discover and Explore Arts Award Offered.

Contact Name
Nicola Sherhod
Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill St, Bedford, Beds MK40 3EU
01234 270303