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?
Activities, artefacts and fun to bring Tudor times to life...
The day starts with a short talk start on how and why the Tudors came to power, the effects of religious turmoil and how the discovery of the New World changed Europe.
The rest of the morning is taken up with activities such as:
A Tudor quiz
How many games can the children spot in Bruegel’s famous Children’s Games oil painting?
Merrells, a popular 16th century game
Tudor clothes and social status in the 16th century
Learning a simple Tudor Round Song
The afternoon starts with Tudor medicine, followed by a jousting game, and finally a Tudor dance to finish an exciting, engaging and educational 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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