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Active & Play-Based Learning

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“....amazing!..... ....impressed at how much information was imparted in such a child-friendly and age-appropriate fashion!... Fantastic!...”

Forefield Infants,

“…a very well - presented workshop which captured the imagination of all the children…

Holy Rosary Primary,

“…Terrific! The children were thrilled! You made the Fire of London become ‘great’ in a whole new way…”

Milnthorpe Primary,

“The children had a great time and learnt a vast amount from your interactive delivery…”

Lydiate Primary School

“…Wow! What a wonderful experience. A brilliant way to engage children in learning…”

Newton le Willows Primary,
St. Helens

“…lots of hands-on experience…a wonderful way for children to learn…”

St.John's CE Primary,

“…the costumes, props & workshop delivery was suberb! The children talked about it non-stop!…”

Eccleston Lane Ends Primary,
St. Helens

“Excellent value for money providing lots of activities for the whole school including nursery.”

“The organisation was outstanding! You are a worthy service to history!”

Clayton Brook Primary,


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What we offer

Costumes • Role Play • Dance • Art • Crafts • Music • Enrichment • Fun

Unlike other Living History providers, REAL HISTORYgives teachers an opportunity to hire costumes for pupils and teachers to match the workshop themes. Workshops are presented by a qualified primary teacher with 25 years teaching experience in Foundation, KS1& KS2. Real History can meet a wide range of needs and budgets.

Our history workshops are linked closely to National Curriculum and all are INTERACTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, FUN and MEMORABLE.

We provide opportunities for ‘active, play-based and cross-curricular learning’ –for…Single Class, Year Group, Key Stage or Whole School.

Real History Topics

Time-Line – Stone Age to Present Day

Dance Through Time Workshops

Victorian ‘North-West Morris Dancing’ Workshop  – NEW!

‘Shakespeare’ – Workshops for Shakespeare Week – BOOK EARLY      

The Great Plague 1665         

The Black Death 1348                                                   

William Morris Art / Craft                                

Stone Age

Ancient Egypt

Florence Nightingale

Knights & Castles

Normans & Castles

Homes in the Past (Castle, Victorian House)

Traditional Tales  (St. George & The Dragon)
Kings & Queens of the Past
Medieval / Castle Games • Medieval Dance • Medieval Crafts

Tudors – Henry VIII’s Court • Elizabethan Court & the Armada • Tudor Dance • Tudor Games • Tudor Dance & Entertainments • Tudor Crime & Punishment

The Great War –  WW1 – 1914-1918  
• School Centenary
Toys in the Past • Play • Victorian Toys & Games • Victorian Children •
Victorian Crafts • Heritage Crafts • Textiles • Victorian Servants •
Victorian Morris Dancing • Victorian Homes • Victorian Manor House • Victorian Washday

Great Fire of London
Stuart Crafts  –  Plague & Fire •
Stuart Dancing (Fire of London) • Fire-Fighting Games •
Fire of London ‘Artefact’ Bags  (History Detectives)

World War Two
• June 2019 – 75th Anniversary – D-DAY

WW2 – Role-Play & Artefacts
WW2 Crafts – Peg-Rug, War Medals, VE Day Flags & Favours
WW2 Toys & Games • Holidays at Home • VE Day Celebration • Evacuees

Traditional Toys & Games – School Centenary • Heritage Day •   
Children in the Past….
Local Study / Heritage Day – WW2, Victorians,
1950’s Post-War Britain Queen Elizabeth II & the Coronation


Workshops can be presented with or without costume hire and can be designed or adapted according to the age and number of children and your particular focus.                                                             

• Knights & Castles– adapted for Royal Wedding / Coronation theme or Traditional Tales focus
• Henry VIII & His 6 Wives – adapted for Royal Wedding / Royal Jubilee or Coronation theme
• Elizabethan or Victorian Servants – adapted for a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee theme        
• Victorian Toys & Games – adapted for a Design & Technology topic on Designing a Toy 
• Victorian Textiles – as part of an Art & Design / Design &Technology / Local Heritage project
• Traditional Toys & Games – as part of a School Centenary / Local Heritage celebration

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