Portals To The Past
Bringing history lessons to life
We offer exciting, immersive and inspiring history workshops for schools, presented by a charismatic team of “performing historians” with a deep-rooted passion for their subject.
Hands-on, educational workshops
Drawing upon an unrivalled pool of talented historians, archaeologists and reenactors, we typically visit more than 1,700 UK schools a year to deliver hands-on, educational workshops that leave kids (and teachers) buzzing.
Why choose Portals to the Past?
We are not just “teachers that get dressed up”. Our multi-talented re-enactors are specialists in their field; true historians with a genuine passion for the past. The Portals team takes great delight in sharing their knowledge and their enjoyment of history with a whole new generation of history buffs.
As seen on film and TV...
Our Time Travellers are very much in demand for their depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for their subject. They regularly take part in historical re-enactments, and have appeared in many films, historical documentaries and on the BBC’s “Horrible Histories”.
Why are Portals To The Past a great choice for bringing fun workshops into your school?
Our Greek workshops...
The morning workshop consists of a short introduction to Greek life and culture, followed by four engaging activities:
A Greek quiz, with loads of fun Greek facts for the children to discover
Archimedes’ Stomachion – the oldest known mathematical puzzle
Petteia, the Greek strategy game
Myths and legends – the children are transported to a Greek theatre where they re-enact Greek myths and legends
After lunch, your Greek warrior will demonstrate his weapons and armour. Then the differences between the city states of Athens and Sparta are explored, the children take a lesson in democracy, which is followed by a mini Olympic Games.
The great battle of Gaugamela between Alexander the Great and King Darius will round off an engaging and fun day.
What size groups do you cater for?
Portals history workshops are designed to cater for up to 100 children, all day, working around your timetable.
Need more inspiration?
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