…an affordable, safe alternative to high-cost educational visits…

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“…A fun interactive workshop that really enthused the children…”

Torkington Primary, Stockport

“The children were transported back in time as soon as they put on their costumes and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.”

Aughton St. Michael's CE Primary


Frequently Asked Questions…

How do schools fund the costume hire and / or workshops?
Most of our schools choose a ‘Real History Experience’ instead of a school trip and pay by voluntary parental contribution. Many parents prefer to pay for our service as it is considerably less expensive, time-consuming and stressful than buying/making costumes themselves, hiring from a shop and funding coach fare. A few of our schools pay through PTA or school budget or a combination of sources.

How long can costumes be hired for?
The length of time costumes and resources remain in school depends on teacher choices and number of children/classes involved – from half a day to a number of days.

Can I hire just one costume?
The minimum number of costumes for hire is 18 and they can only be hired through schools for use in school.

How will I know if costumes will fit the children?
The Tudor and WW2 costumes are mostly in 2 sizes and are fully adjustable. They have been successfully used by Years 2 to 6. Provision is also made for particularly small or large children. Victorian costumes are suitable for Foundation to Year 6.

Can I hire costumes to wear on our school trip?
Real History  offers an alternative to educational visits and our service is school-based. The costumes are for indoor use in school so cannot be worn on a school trip.

Can I pre-view the costumes and resources?
We can bring a selection of costumes and activity kits into school to show you and give you more information about our service. If you choose to make a booking, delivery is by mutual arrangement, usually the day before your History Day. Costumes and resources are then stored in school overnight – clearly-labelled costumes ready to use on a rail and equipment in boxes.

Which areas do you cover?
We work in Lancashire, Wigan, Sefton, St. Helens, Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester & North Wales. We do sometimes travel further – but not as far as the South of England. We are based in West Lancashire.

Links to external organisations


Photographs of the Ancient Egypt Workshops.


A one stop shop for schools to bring history alive in the classroom.


Private tuition for primary school children.


The history and heritage accommodation guide. (The 2015 Traders Market historical groups available for public and school displays.)                                                       


For Medieval Reproduction Artworks and Wooden Items.


Contact: Debbie Ashby (B.Ed) or Malcolm Ashby (BA, Cert.Ed) Tel: 01704 895494 Email: realhistoryhire@aol.com