Key Stage Two Workshops

Saxons

Session 1: The children will meet an archaeologist and learn about archaeological practices and object handling. They will learn the about what Saxons left behind for us to find and therefore understand how they lived. In small groups the children will have the chance to try out their skills as a trainee archaeologist by retrieving and cataloguing finds from sample find boxes.

Session 2: The children will meet a Saxon soldier where they will learn about the Saxon hierarchy. They will investigate the different clothes, armour and weapons of trained soldiers compared to peasants. They will then be given a round shield to be taught Saxon defensive tactics such as the impenetrable shield wall.

Information
Total cost per child: £5 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.00) 
Sessions: 45mins per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? An Anglo-Saxon case study
History: How do heritage sites inform us about our local area in prehistoric times?
Innovating with History: Learning about the work of historians and Archaeologists

 

Saxons & Vikings

This runs along the same style as the Saxon workshop but at each stage the children will compare the differences and similarities between Saxons and Vikings. This includes finding both Saxon and Viking artefacts and be able to physically see the difference. Also it they will learn about the differing tactics used by each side and have an opportunity to role play Saxons or Vikings by practicing their battle cries in the shield wall. This is funded by the heritage lottery fund.

Information
Total cost per child: £5 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.00) 
Sessions: 45mins per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability

 

Medieval Household

Session 1: A favourite workshop of the children where they will take on the role of a medieval servant in the castle assisting the head servant to clear up after a big banquet. They will learn the daily chores of a medieval servant and how they would have behaved and dressed. They will also help the lord/lady make pomanders which they can take home. This role play activity focuses on the difference between rich and poor and contrasting between then and now.

Session 2: The children will learn about the hierarchy in medieval time. They will investigate the different clothes, armour and weapons of trained Knights compared to peasants. They will take a look at weapons and then participate in bill drill and marching with a bill hook (a foam one not a real one!). 

Information
Total cost per child: £5.75 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.75)
Runtime: 45mins per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Battle of Hastings and 1066
History: Homes in the past
History: Buildings
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Innovating with history: Learning about the work of Historians and Archaeologists

 

Tudor workshops

Session 1: A favourite workshop of the children where they will take on the role of a tudor servant in the castle assisting the head servant to clear up after a big banquet. They will learn the daily chores of a Tudor servant and how they would have behaved and dressed. They will also help the lord/lady make pomanders which they can take home. This role play activity focuses on the difference between rich and poor and contrasting between then and now.

Session 2: There are two different options you can chose for your second session:

Option A: Tudor Handling.
In this session the children will handle Tudor artefacts from a range of different backgrounds. They will also have the opportunity to practice Tudor writing with quill and ink and they then can take home their work.

Option B: Tudor Dancing
A fun and active session for the children where they can join in with an array of rich and poor dances with the dance master. (please note that this option has a maximum capacity of 75 children) 

Information
Total cost per child: £5.75 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.75) 
Runtime: 45mins per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Tudors: Why did Henry Viii marry six times?
History: Tudors: What were the differences between rich and poor people in Tudor times?
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Ways of introducing interpretation: Producing interpretations in role

 

Victorian household

Session 1: A roll play session where the children will meet the housekeeper and her servants. In small groups they will be set different chores such as dusting or boot polishing.  This will give the children a first-hand experience into the life of a Victorian servant.

Session 2: The children will be able to handle a range of original Victorian artefacts that will give them a real insight into Victorian life.  

Information
Total cost per child: £5.75 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.75)  
Runtime: 45mins per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Victorians: What was it like for children living in Victorian?
History: Victorians: Work
History: Victorians: Education
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Ways of introducing interpretation: Producing interpretations in role

 

Home front training camp: Life during the Second World War

Session 1: Children will learn the essential duties that needed to be carried out during world war 2. They will meet two characters from the 1940s and help out with the war effort. This session will focus on training the children in essential home front activities. Their tasks will include air raid awareness, stirrup pump drill and marching drill. The drama activity focuses on the lives of children during WW2. Children will all take home their own identity cards.

Session 2: This is an artefact handling session, covering themes of evacuation, make do and mend and rationing. Children will be able to investigate original artefacts including a baby’s gas mask, gas rattle and ARP uniform.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.50)  
Runtime: 45mins per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: World War Two: What was it like for children living in the second world war?
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Innovating with History: Learning about the work of Historians and Archaeologists
Ways of introducing interpretation: Producing interpretations in role

 

Guided Tours

The tours are designed to encourage children to explore the Castle through activities including handling armour, costume and household objects. The tour focuses on the use of the castle rooms and the life of the different inhabitants. The sessions can be tailored to meet the requirements of the group’s study needs.

Information
Total cost per child: £5 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.00)  
Runtime: Lasts for one and a half hours per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Homes in the past: Buildings
History: Homes in the past: Homes
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Innovating with history: Learning about the work of Historians and Archaeologists