Hands On Our History Workshops Yorkshire, East and West Midlands
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What are our Workshops like?
A typical workshop lasts for half a day and comprises a general introduction followed by handling the artefacts themselves. Some include role-play and/or hot-seating but are flexible according to your needs.
All are tailored for KS 1 or 2:
• Old fashioned toys where the children play with plenty of real and replica examples. Good for investigating materials – especially pre-plastic. Old-fashioned clothes and hats are also provided to add to the experience. Very photogenic!
• Digging up the Great Fire of London where the children investigate real finds discovered in London dating the time of the Great Fire (most of them actually recovered from the River Thames) along with some replica pots such as a chamber pot – which they always find highly amusing – and Samuel Pepys’ wine bottle. We end up by meeting Samuel Pepys himself!
• Digging up the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, or Vikings where we handle and investigate a wide range of real and replica finds, including bones and teeth (animal and human), metalwork, jewellery, weaponry, coins, bone utensils, helmets, plus much more besides, and how these artefacts help us to understand how these different invaders lived in Britain. Each of these sessions can be combined with extra activities including hot-seating to make a full day even for one class.
• A Load of Rubbish which focuses on real rubbish thrown away in Victorian times such as bottles, pots, pieces of china dolls, bone utensils including toothbrushes, along with actual games played with by real Victorian children to better understand themes such as Health and Hygiene, Sanitation, the Great Exhibition, Famous People (including Queen Victoria) and events at that time. A fun way to explore Victorian Life. Can be combined with Victorian School Room.
• Victorian School Room. A part role-play and comparison workshop where the children sample the 3 Rs, write on slates, learn by rote, and of course are threatened with the dunce’s hat and the cane. Old fashioned-costumes can also be provided sufficient for one class. Can be combined with A Load of Rubbish above to make a full day.
• Blitz and Pieces. Within this workshop the children identify and sort a wide range of everyday household and war-related artefacts that have been recovered in an imaginary house blitzed in 1941. The session is based on an actual family and offers lots of potential in exploring issues to do with life in Britain during World War II. Can be combined with Air Raid below.
• Air Raid. Here we experience what it was like to be in a communal air raid shelter during the War. From hearing the siren we enter a mock-up shelter (blacked out room), sample some Wartime songs, and learn how people occupied themselves. We hear about the role of the Air-raid warden, the types of gas masks, have a gas mask drill, and discover what would be needed in the shelters. Can be combined with Blitz and Pieces above.
Other workshops can also be offered such as Medieval Life or the Tudors, again focusing on how we learn from archaeology.
What we offer
I am a qualified archaeologist and have years of experience working with all age groups, providing a hands-on investigative approach to learning.
Most workshops are designed for a half day to a full day per class but can be tailored to your needs with a maximum of three classes in one day.I am a qualified archaeologist and have years of experience working with all age groups, providing a hands-on investigative approach to learning.
My workshops appeal to a range of abilities as well as fitting in with the National Curriculum History requirements and of course they offer cross curricular links too. Most workshops are designed for a half day to a full day per class but can be tailored to your needs with a maximum of three classes in one day.
What makes us a great choice?
The children relish meeting a REAL archaeologist (I have exciting stories to tell about my own experiences) and the hands-on approach brings their topic alive in a stimulating and fun way. Not only will they handle plenty of real and replica artefacts but depending on the topic chosen they can also experience some role play and/or hot-seating. Additional activities can often be incorporated to make up a whole day even for one class, and the teachers always learn something new too. If the children can be encouraged to dress up for the day this makes the experience even more memorable and exciting!
Mainly East Midlands, West Midlands, and Yorkshire. Can sometimes go further afield however if viable.
Group Sizes Catered For
Most sessions are designed form one class at a time, normally working in the classroom itself as the children will be required to handle and in some cases draw the artefacts. As most are half-day workshops two classes work well in one day though three can also be possible. Some sessions can have extra activities added on to make a full day even for one class if this suits your requirements.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
I provide summary sheets detailing the types of artefacts provided for each workshop to aid the teacher in recapping with the children, and extra follow-on activities can be suggested where appropriate.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
No restrictions except if they are going to be in the public domain then credit would be appreciated!
Depends partly on distance (I am based in the East Midlands). Generally £120 - £140 for a half day for one class, but if travelling some distance I prefer full day workshops to make it more viable, i.e. a full day with one class, or two or three classes to make up a full day, which normally costs £200 - £260.
No but schools are welcome to get the children (and teachers) to dress up, which makes the day a more memorable one. This of course is optional depending on the preference of the school. Depending on the session I can also be dressed up for part or the whole of the day.
First Aid Information
Our staff are first aid trained but schools are expected to have their own first-aiders in case of emergency.
“The sessions bring history alive and the children will never forget it.”
“Thank you for a fantastic session; it consolidated and focused their previous knowledge, and they learnt much more besides.”
“The hands-on approach engages all of the children in a fun and exciting way.”
“Mr Hammond understood the needs of all of our learners and adapted the workshop for those with Special Educational Needs.”
“A fantastic educational experience that generated lots of enthusiasm for our new topic.”
“Engaging and fun, the children can’t stop talking about it…”
“The best day ever!”
“When can you come back again?”
“I want to be an archaeologist.”
“This is awesome…”
As a real archaeologist and as an experienced educational provider the sessions are delivered in a stimulating, exciting, and fun way, making the history topics come alive. A day hopefully that the children will never forget! Many schools re-book year after year…