Online Workshop Available! Or we can visit your school in: All UK Regions
'The Victorians!' with The Past Presents
When it comes to what we deliver and how we deliver it, nobody goes the extra mile like we do...
OUR VANS ARE HUGE! ... because we fill them with resources, kit and equipment for you!
OUR SET-UP TIMES ARE LONG! ...because we want to take the time to turn your classroom, hall or playground into Ancient Wonders!
OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE PHYSICALLY FIT! ...because they don't stand and talk; they act, fight, direct, group manage, build and construct alongside your young people.
OUR WORKSHOPS FIT YOUR NEEDS! ... all of our workshops are closely linked to the curriculum and delivered by our instructors who know how to engage young people!
In short....no one will go as far as we do to ensure your young people have the most value from one of our visits!
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What activities are available during this educational workshop?
Session 1 – Strict Schoolmasters: We recreate the austere setting of the Victorian
schoolroom right in your classroom and take children on a journey to the kind of schooling their great-great grandparents experienced.
Session 2 – Criminal Capers: This session explores the huge advances in Policing and
crime solving begun in the Victorian era as we take inspiration from Sherlock Homes and famous criminals like Jack the Ripper
Session 3 – Beware the Workhouse! Part 1: A journey into a time of great social change; this session sees students role-playing to understand the great divide in society and how key figures began great changes in social mobility
Session 4 – Beware the Workhouse pt 2: A journey into a time of great social change; this session sees students taking on the safer, cleaner and more secure jobs of the Victorian era from serving staff in a Great House to Ladies’ maid and more.
Session 5 – The Royal Jubilee: We conduct an all-group celebration of Victorian life, meeting people from across the world and understanding how the British Empire shaped our modern world for the better
Session 6 – Precious Playtime: With our unrivalled collection of authentic toys and games we lighten the mood and take your children back to a simpler time where they can play without screens and waken their imagination.
Session 7 – Barbaric Battles: Choose from a range of battles as we explore the might of the British Armed forces & expanding empire in one of our most popular workshop formats: Balaclava, Isandlwana/Rorke’s Drift,
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: Crime and Punishment, Queen Victoria, Factories and The Workhouse, Railways, Childhood and Schools.
Starting with a comic, snapshot look at the era's of Queen Victoria's life... we progress with sessions on Empire, social class and the working poor, toys and games of the past, schooling and much more!
What size groups do you cater for?
Any. We can take one class, a whole year group or the whole school depending on your budget!
How does safeguarding work for online workshops?
All of our 'Reel History' online live-interactive workshops are conducted via Zoom, where we host the call. No recording takes place and video can be turned on or off depending whether young people can be seen or not.
What technology/devices/type of internet connection do schools need for an online workshop?
For our online workshops, schools will need:
A good, stable internet connection, an interactive whiteboard, projector and screen or large TV connected to a computer. You will need to connect to Zoom, link to a screen of some kind and have speakers that project sound to your children watching.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes of course. All of our workshops are accessible and adaptable.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes absolutely. We currently work in partnership with a local SEN school so we are experienced in delivering to all levels.
Our Instructors are First Aid trained but we would expect the schools we visit to deal with any first aid incidents as per their own procedures.
Who are The Past Presents?
The Past Presents is a national Historical Experiences company that specialises in History workshops and education. We have been delivering to schools as atrusted provider for more than 10 years!
We combine our years of experience teaching young people with our unrivalled equipment, resources & activities to bring to you the wonderment of the past.
Our passion is to provide an evolving, ever-improving vehicle for learning which we can use to spark in your young people an interest in History.
It is also important to us that we use these wondrous vehicles for learning to communicate one of the key reasons for studying History....that understanding the past helps us understand who we are and where we are going.
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COVID-19 - ALL TEACHERS we know this is a tricky time, making your already difficult job harder so please rest assured:
1. We will not be charging cancellation fees should one of our bookings have to be cancelled due to COVID. We will instead look to re-book with you at a later date
2. Our Facilitators are well-versed in implementing social distancing and sanitising measures into our sessions.
3. ALL of our workshops can go ahead under the current guidelines, we have simply adapted them to suit!