Resources and Information for Teachers

The John Clare Cottage offers a range of first class education programmes and resources that can help teachers cater for and engage pupils of all levels and abilities. 

The Cottage's Education Team loves having visits from schools and colleges. Find out more about what we can offer below:

Education Programmes

These include:

Victorian Village Life - Experience what life was like in early Victorian times! Tour the Cottage and the village of Helpston. Discover how Clare would have lived and wrote. Find out how this unique environment shaped the way he worked.
Local Explorers - Find and examine plants and insects. Where does stone come from? How do different soils produce different results for plants and gardens?
Poets and Their Places - Discover Clare’s landscape and his stories. Explore the local area which inspired his poetry and use it as a stimulus for your own creativity.

Education Packs

We have put together information filled education packs to help teachers introduce the subject of John Clare into class studies. Please click the links below to download each pack.

We are also in the process of developing education packs more tailored towards adult learning. These will be made available on this page when complete.

Education Feedback

Feedback from a recent Literacy Project with Thorpe Primary School, Peterborough:

Loan Boxes

John Clare Cottage has a full set of Loan Boxes for hire to schools and community groups. These boxes contain reproductions, costumes, and original artefacts from all the periods of history, including Victorian Life, World War Two, Romans and Celts. They can help you bring your lessons to life.

Contact Details

All our educational programmes can be designed to suit your Key Stage requirements.There are many different aspects associated with the life and works of John Clare. If you wish to discuss a particular issue or topic with our Education Team please email