The Royal Mint Museum is not open to the general public, however we are pleased to be able to offer a small number of bespoke visits for schools and colleges, and for adult learners.
Requests for visits should be made as far in advance as possible to the Museum’s learning manager and all will be considered on an enquiry-by-enquiry basis.
Please be aware that for school or college groups pupils must be aged 13 or over to visit the Royal Mint site, and the maximum number we can accomodate is 12 including members of staff. Pupils visiting must be accompanied by a minimum of two adults who will be responsible for student conduct at all times. We are particularly keen to engage with groups who have specific learning needs, for example in Life Skills, Engineering, or historical and cultural research.
The availability of visits for young people is determined by shift patterns in the Royal Mint factory and therefore some flexibility may be required.
Two groups of adult learners from Coleg y Cymoedd visited the Mint in 2014. After handling activities using objects from the Museum the students visited the Coin Press Room where they met the Team Leader and learnt about how a £1 coin is made. Students themselves then struck a coin to enter circulation.
Adult learners from Newport University visit the Museum as part of their ‘Everday Life’ course, which focuses on interpreting the daily life of people in the past through material culture.
In 2013 and 2014 visits were made by groups from Bridgend College studying key skills. Students were given a tour of the Coin Press Room, where circulating coin is produced for the United Kingdom and other countries, before getting up close to a coin press and striking a UK £1 coin each.
Year 10 pupils studying applied business visited the Mint to learn about the history of the business and the way it currently functions as a government company. Pupils toured the factory and were able to see how successfully bringing together a diverse range of skills enables the business to function well.