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Home Educators

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Our workshops use immersive techniques to encourage creative and enquiry led learning. Designed to deliver key historical skills and knowledge these workshops use local history to tell nationally and regionally significant histories.


2024 Workshop Programme

Workshops can be booked through the Heritage Box Office. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear when tickets are released.

All workshops take place at St Johns House, unless specified in the event description.

Victorian Schoolroom Experience

Monday 19 February 2024: at 10am - 11am and 11.20am - 12.20pm

A 1 hour, immersive classroom experience, led by our costumed Victorian school ma’am.

Children will dress in basic costume over their own clothes, pinafores for the girls and sailor’s collars for the boys and role play as Victorian pupils in 1888. The lesson will include learning reading and arithmetic by rote, using a class abacus to do their sums.

Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.

Tickets: £6.50 per child + Eventbrite fees. Book via Heritage Box Office.

 

Florence Nightingale

Monday 4 March 2024: 10am - 2pm

This story world adventure is an opportunity for children to travel to the Crimea in search for local Warwickshire boy, George Waller who at 17 is fighting in the conflict.

Children will learn about the conditions in hospitals and the impact that Florence Nightingale had and how she was encouraged and supported by another local Warwickshire family, Charles and Selina Bracebridge.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 8 years (Key Stage 1 equivalent)

Tickets £14 per child + Eventbrite fees. Book via Heritage Box Office.

 

Victorian Laundry Experience

Monday 8 April 2024: 10am - 11am, 11.20 - 12.20pm and 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Can you tell a posser from a dolly? Find out by taking part in a laundry workshop with Charlotte our costumed laundry maid. Experience doing the washing without electricity in this hands-on workshop. Use real and replica late Victorian equipment to carry out the washing tasks.

Take turns to pump the water, grate the soap and mangle the washing before hanging it out to dry. Are you strong enough to be a laundry maid in Victorian times? You will be able to ask our laundry maid questions about her job and compare new and old equipment used to do the washing. Children will be provided with an apron to keep their own clothes clean and dry from the soap and water.

Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.

Tickets £6.50 per child + Eventbrite fees.

 

Stone Age – Iron Age

Wednesday 22 May 2024: 10am - 3.15pm

This exciting story world adventure takes the children into an electronic game where they must prove their knowledge of each level (Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age) to progress in the game. Children will explore what people ate, the homes they lived in, the tools they used and the skills they deployed in each era.

The children will be challenged with tasks that give them the opportunity to discuss their opinions about the lives of people in other times.

Suitable for children aged 7- 11 years (Key Stage 2 equivalent).

Tickets £16 per child + Eventbrite fees. 

 

Ancient Romans

Monday 7 October 2024: 10am - 2pm

This exciting story world adventure takes the children through a portal to a Roman settlement, found on the site of an archaeological dig, whilst searching to retrieve an item accidentally left by a curious archaeologist.

The children find themselves caught up in the tensions between Boudica and the Roman legions. They will be asked to decide if they want to support Boudica or the Roman way of life. This workshop includes many activities that allow students to handle original Roman objects and engage in activities in role as a team of archaeologists.

The historical concept of continuity and change run throughout this workshop. Children will use a range of historical sources to learn about the Ancient Romans.

Suitable for children aged 7- 11 years (Key Stage 2 equivalent).

Tickets £14 per child + Eventbrite fees.

 

Jurassic Fossil Handling at Market Hall Museum

Monday 4 November 2024: 1pm - 3pm

Location: Market Hall Museum, Warwick, CV34 4SA

As members of the Warwickshire Natural History and Archaeology Society the children have to learn about the Jurassic fossils in the Market Hall Museum. Sir Everard Home, of the Geological Society, is coming to inspect the new museum at the Market Hall, and they need to impress him with their knowledge.

The workshop will explain how fossils are formed and about the rock cycle before Mary Anning guides your class through a Jurassic fossil handling session, learning the names of fossils and what sort of living creatures they used to be.

There will be the opportunity to observe the fossils on display at the Market Hall Museum and gather information to present to Sir Everard Home at the end of the workshop.

Suitable for children aged 7- 11 years (Key Stage 2 equivalent).

Tickets £8 per child + Eventbrite fees.

 

Victorian Christmas at St Johns House

Thursday 19 December 2024: 10am – 2pm

Help Miss Skarritt, Queen Victoria's dresser, design some new Christmas bloomers for the Queen. Learn about Victorian Christmas traditions to help you create your design.

Meet our Victorian school ma'am Miss Roach and experience a Victorian lesson from 1888. Children will dress in basic costume over their own clothes, pinafores for the girls and sailor’s collars for the boys and role play as Victorian pupils in 1888. The lesson will include learning reading and arithmetic by rote, using a class abacus to do their sums.

Learn how the Victorians made Christmas pudding with Mrs Danvers the cook. Your group will help make the pudding but you will not be able to take it home. We make a Temperance, alcohol free, and nut free pudding. A full list of ingredients is supplied with your booking confirmation.

Meet the St John's gardener and learn about other Victorian Christmas traditions, including why we decorate our houses with greenery. Make a Christmas cornucopia. Share your ideas for decorating Queen Victoria's bloomers, sing carols and help to decorate the St John's Christmas tree before you go home.

Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.

Tickets £16 per child + Eventbrite fees.