Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop

Longship Trading Company

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Since Longship was founded in 1992 it has built a nationally known reputation as being one of the leading specialists in providing Saxon & Viking living history days into schools and museums.

Our workshops are designed to relate to key stage 2 of the History National Curriculum which states pupils should learn about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor, to include Viking raids and invasions, the Danelaw, Danegeld, Anglo-Saxon laws and justice, as well as art, culture, religion, and includes attitudes and experiences about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies they came from all the way to 1066!

We achieve all this by allowing the children a unique opportunity to see, touch, handle, smell and wear our huge collection of period artefacts, both real and reproduction which cover all aspects of Saxon and Viking daily life, as well as the weapons and armour used in battle and warfare.
We engage the children through the use of hands on experience and role play and we aim to get most of the children to take an active part at sometime during the day. All of the children will spend 90% of the day with us.

Time Table (this can be altered to fit your normal school day)

Morning session:
The day begins with an introduction a look at names and family life the clothes they wore marriage and children. The children then get to look at touch, try on and smell the huge range of superb and highly accurate artefacts we bring into your school, including farming equipment, trade items, spinning & weaving, leather, bone work and jewellery, not just the ordinary day to day things but some rare and sinister items as well, things that will surprise and amaze both children and teachers alike and concludes with an interactive question and answer session at the end the children get to select artefacts to ask questions about and see demonstrations of how they work Followed by a coin making demonstration. If there is time either before or after lunch Erik with the help of some of the children may tell a pre christian story of the creation of the world according to the Vikings...... Not for the faint hearted!

After Lunch:
The children participate in a village meeting ("Court Motte"" for Saxons and Thing" for Vikings). During this we look at the different types of trial that were used including Trial by Worth, Trial by Ordeal and Trial by Combat. Several children will take a leading part and following any trial there must come the punishment and the children will witness punishment in action.

The End of The Day:

The children will be taken through the stages of a battle, tactics and get the chance to see and handle axes, spears, shields, swords, helmets and armour including replicas of two of the most famous and iconic helmets of the period, the Jorvik helmet and the Sutton Hoo helmet from one of the largest private collections in the UK. This is all done in a strictly controlled environment. We also teach the children about battle chants and for schools with multiple classes we get each class with their teacher to come up with a chant of their own which they then get the chance to perform to the other classes.

At various points throughout the day the children are given opportunities to ask questions about what they have seen and heard and we actively encourage them to do this. If there are any subjects you would like us to cover in more detail please feel free ask in advance of the day or when booking.

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school trip at Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop
Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop school groups

Why are Longship Trading Company a great choice for bringing fun workshops into your school?

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We allow children the unique opportunity to see, touch, handle, smell and wear our huge collection of period artefacts, both real and reproduction which cover all aspects of Saxon and Viking daily life, as well as the weapons and armour used in battle and warfare.

We engage the children through the use of hands on experience and role play and we aim to get most of the children to take an active part at sometime during the day. All of the children will spend 90% of the day with us.

Longship is proud to be the only Company/Organisation asked to provide workshops for the British Museum's "Vikings Life & Legends Exhibition" the largest Viking Exhibition at the museum for more than 40 years

What activities are available during group visits?

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Handling a huge collection of artefacts
Coin making
Role play
Battle chants

What size groups do you cater for?

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we can cope with up to 120 children on a single day* and we are happy to visit a school on consecutive days for larger groups *Providing the hall/workspace is not used for school lunches and we have full use of it for the entirel day

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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N/A

Is there first aid on site?

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N/A

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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we have worked in many different special schools working with children of all abilities and disabilities

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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yes we regularly work with special needs children the ability to touch and handle the artefacts can be a great help and benefit to children with special needs

Anything else?

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There are many reasons to choose a Viking & Saxon day from Longship with the cost being the obvious one. In the current climate we know schools have to watch their budgets and to be seen to offer value for money. A Longship Workshop meets both these criteria especially when judged against an out of school trip in almost every case the cost of the coach hire is far more than the cost of a visit from Longship plus we spend at least 5 hours or more with the children.

The cost (*) of a day is based on the number of children taking part and the distance from our office near Kingswinford in the West Midlands to your school. There are NO extra charges.
*a minimum charge for the day applies

Most visits to historical venues are a "look and learn" experience but with Longship the children get to touch, feel and try on an extensive range of some of the best and most accurate period artefacts available that we bring into your school and in most cases the majority of the children will get to play an active part in one of the many role playing scenarios we do throughout the day and of course all the children get to interact with a Real Life Viking/Saxon

We are a professional company and not a re-enactment society and solely concentrate on the Vikings Saxons and 1066 period. Our school workshops are designed to fit in with you normal school day and to cause as little disruption to the rest of the school as possible, although 60 plus children screaming battle chants and a 6ft Viking in the dining hall at lunch time does tend to cause a little disruption, no extra staff are required for our visit other than the staff that would be with the children on a normal school day and there is none of the hassle and stress associated with an external school trip.

We only offer Viking and Saxon workshops because we believe the quality of our days and the quantity and quality of the artefacts we use would have to be sacrificed (see films above) if we were to cover other historical periods as well.




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