Information for School groups

Information for School groups

The Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre is an excellent venue for school excursions. The Centre is a ‘time-machine’, where students can explore historic and modern gold mining, industrial and social heritage and the momentous events of the 2006 Mine Rescue through our many interactive exhibits and activities. A tour of the Heritage Centre reveals themes of geology and precious metals, resource scarcity, mining and industrial technologies past and present, mining culture and language, land and energy use, environment and sustainability, design and engineering and human endeavour. These subjects link to curriculum content such as:

  • Identity, relationships and culture
  • Interactions with the environment
  • Historical enquiry
  • Roles, intentions and motives of people in the past and present
  • Interconnections between systems
  • Earth and space, physical and chemical sciences
  • Communication
  • Human endeavour
  • Perspectives and interpretation

The historic and modern industrial design and technology on the Heritage Centre site also makes for an excellent visual-arts research tour destination.   

Guided group tours

Volunteers and /or Staff of the Heritage Centre provide a guided commentary and interpretation of the site and collection, appropriate to age-groups. Approximately 1.5 hours is required. Included is a gold-panning activity.

Self-guided visits

The Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre provides a stimulating setting and an excellent platform for teachers to deliver self-directed tours. After a brief welcome and introduction, you are free to utilise any area of the Centre relevant to your study focus. Please see our teachers’ resources and supervision notes when planning a self-guided visit.            

Planning Your Visit

Getting here

The Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre is located on West Street, in the heart of the township of Beaconsfield. Access is via the West Tamar Highway (A7). From Launceston, the travelling time is approximately 45 minutes; from Devonport (via the Frankford Road B71) allow 75 minutes. The Centre is easily accessed with coach parking outside the front entrance.

Prior to your visit

*Please familiarise yourself with our Visiting School Guidelines Visiting School Guidelines

Click here for an interactive map outlining details of exhibitions and site layout.

*Click here for teachers’ notes and online materials. These have been developed to enhance your tour and support pre and post-visit learning in the classroom

Upon arrival

School groups are met outside the Heritage Centre by staff or volunteer guides. As guides travel specifically to conduct tours, please advise us of any change to your booked arrival time by calling 03 6383 1473.

Centre facilities

Public toilets are located in Jubilee Park, next to the Heritage Centre entrance (we recommend using these prior to tour commencement). Toilets are also located within the Heritage Centre complex itself.

The park adjacent to the Heritage Centre car park has a barbeque and picnic table with additional picnic tables available in the ‘Miner’s Reserve’ parkland across the road.   These are regularly used by groups for morning/afternoon teas or lunch in fine weather.

The Heritage Centre has an extensive gift-shop, with cold drinks available. Food can be purchased from several local businesses in Beaconsfield’s main street. 

Cloakroom services are not available at the Centre. We request all bags to be left onboard coaches during a school visit. If valuables must be brought along, these must be carried by members of the visiting group.

What to wear

Sections of the Heritage Centre occupy an industrial ruin site, are outdoors and exposed to the elements.  During the winter months the Centre can become cold. Please bring clothing appropriate to the season and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. We recommend covered-in footwear.    

Supervision

We encourage responsible interaction with the Centre’s many hands-on exhibits and the exploration of the industrial ruin site we occupy. To ensure student safety and the safety of the collection, supervision is paramount. Our minimum student-to-adult-supervision ratio is 10:1. Teachers must adequately supervise students at all times whilst on site.

Disability access / Special needs

A drop-off point outside the entrance on West Street allows easy access to the Heritage Centre. The Centre is wheelchair accessible to all but the lower level of the Grubb Shaft Engine House and Native Garden.

A disabled toilet is located within the Centre. Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre.

Specific tours for groups with special needs can be organised. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

First Aid

Staff are trained in first aid and a first aid kit is located at reception..

BM&HC Schools program bookings

Bookings are essential for all school groups. Please note that 'Group Fees' will apply.

For details of current school group rates and to make a booking:

Phone: 03 6383 1473 weekdays 9.30 – 4.30
Fax: 03 6327 4826
Email: beaconsfield@wtc.tas.gov.au

 

*or complete our Booking Request Form

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