Tales of Plague and Fire History and Heritage Workshops London
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
1) The Great Plague Experience
2) The Great Fire of London Experience
3) The Great Plague and the Great Fire of London Experience
4) The Black Death and the Medieval Experience.
We are a two-person group comprising: Marianne (our resident expert?) and Jonathan (playing many characters!) We like to work with students on a class-by-class basis in the classroom - as we find children get far more from our workshops in this way than lots of classes coming together in the school hall - and suggest a half-day workshop per class; so a whole day for two classes.
Flexibility is key but in the past our school packages have included:
- Vivid introductions to the study period and characters
- The appearance of a variety of historical characters including: the unfortunate baker, Thomas Farriner; Samuel Pepys; medieval peasant Alfie? and his pet rat; the weirdly wonderful Plague Doctor; Malcolm the cowardly monk
- A trip to the Plague Doctor's strange surgery to deal with those troublesome buboes and find out about the crazy cures from the time
- A live re-enactment of the Great Fire using the entire class (and starring its fieriest member!)
- The class involved in performing a Medieval Miracle Play
- Diary-writing classes with Samuel Pepys.
What makes us a great choice?
We are one of the few living history companies in the country that specialises in: the Great Plague of London (1665), the Great Fire (1666) and the Black Death (1348 - 1351).
We aim to bring these periods alive for primary schools with an actor playing famous historical figures, with costumes and props closely based on the originals, with our extensive research presented in entertaining fashion to engage the whole class. Our workshops are closely based on what children will be studying on the National Curriculum and we are keen to place these remarkable periods within the context of the history of the British Isles and Europe.
We also have an expert knowledge of these periods and have been interviewed about them on national radio and TV.
Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey
Group Sizes Catered For
A maximum of 30 children per workshop. We tend to find a half day's workshop works well for one class so we can host two classes in a school day.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
We only allow photos to be taken and would request the teachers take photos rather than the children.
We would like the primary school to contact us to discuss the cost of the workshop as it does vary depending on travel expenses etc.
Your workshop was well resourced, well thought through and really stimulating for the children. It was a fantastic day. Thank you for coming!
(Teacher Catherine Hughes from Northlands Primary School, Basildon following our Great Plague and Great Fire of London workshop)
An excellent use of costumes and props helped immerse the children and kept them completely engaged. A brilliant way to get the children excited about history!
(Teacher Mr Peters from Maryland Primary School, Stratford following our Black Death and Medieval workshop)
It's been a week since Jonathan and Marianne visited my Year 2 class and they are still buzzing! Everything was done at the perfect level for all children and, more importantly, they learnt through having fun. Thank you for helping me make memories in their learning journey. I hope you come back next year with my next class!
(Teacher Linsay Beavery from Rowledge Primary School, Farnham following our Great Fire of London workshop)
The children were very inspired. There was lots of discussion about rats and red crosses at lunchtime!
(Deputy head teacher James Grant of Torriano Primary School, Camden)