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?
Ancient Britain history workshops for primary schools...
Who are we and where do we come from? These timeless questions, and more, are addressed as we explore many of the important developments that helped to make us who we are in this workshop, from the original hunter gathers to early farming communities, ancient technology and coming of the age of metal.
Our workshop leaders are trained bush-craft experts, and have a detailed understanding of ancient technology and how is still used by some societies around the world today. The session consists of a group investigation, where students explore numerous informative displays and artefacts, and get hands-on experience of ancient technology and skills. This is interspersed with interactive discussions on the following sub-topics:
Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods
Early humans – focusing on Heidelberg man, Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens – why did the Homo sapiens come out on top?
How they lived and what they hunted
Gender divisions in the hunter gatherer society
What is cave art all about?
Development of Stone tools
The Neolithic period
Early farmers and settlements – the biggest change in human history
The beginning of an organised society
The age of stone monuments and what were they for?
Burial and belief
The Bronze age
The age of metal – an important technological development
Beliefs and burials
Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
Early hill forts and the beginnings of the “Celtic” way of life
The Iron age
What is a hill fort?
Why did people live on them?
Why did this way of life end?
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.
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