The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine has launched a travel subsidy of up to £300 to enable Early Years Centres and Primary Schools in Renfrewshire to visit the award-winning Museum.

Schoolchildren visiting the Museum on Irvine Harbourside can enjoy a fun, educational and interactive session investigating Scotland’s maritime history through fascinating vessels, objects and stories.

As well as seeing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) principles and discoveries in action, they can handle real historical objects.

Schoolchildren can also explore the vast Linthouse, a Grade A listed 19th century shipyard building which is now home to the Museum and tour the Shipyard Worker’s Tenement Flat where they can experience home life in the 1920s.

Schools can also pop into the Museum’s Fitting Shed to learn about triple expansion engines and the Industrial Revolution.

For primary schools in the area which are unable to visit, the Scottish Maritime Museum has also launched a series of free, cross-curricular ‘Ship to Shore Online Learning Workshops’ based on Curriculum for Excellence linked STEM activities.

The Museum has also created a collection of ‘Learning Boxes’, with support from Museum Galleries Scotland.

The Learning Boxes, which are packed with artefacts, stories, STEM activities and resources, can be loaned for £30 per half term and are available around four key topics – Scottish Shipbuilding, Scottish Engineers and Inventors, Scotland and Island Life and Pirates.

Interested schools can contact the Learning Team by email at or by calling 01294 278283.

Headline image: Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine
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