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Want to teach medieval history in your school? Let Herstory help!

Wars of the Roses history has enjoyed a massive upsurge of interest in recent years, thanks to the discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester, and the success of television series like Medieval Dead and The White Queen - and deservedly so, because it's a very rewarding period to study, holding wide appeal for pupils of all ages and both sexes. There's something to please everyone: fascinating characters, male and female; romance, intrigue, heroism and betrayal; knights in armour, ferocious battles and the stories of all the common folk caught up in them - and plenty to tie in with the National Curriculum.

For Pupils: Working with teachers and classroom assistants, I can help bring this period to life for your students with classroom-based or outdoor sessions they will never forget! Sessions can be tailored to meet your needs, address any aspect of the curriculum, and vary from a single teaching period to a full day of mixed activities including dressing-up, (see right), drama, history quizzes, simple period recorder tunes, bill-drill for juniors and have-a-go archery for all ages, (see below). I can also arrange and guide tours of local medieval sites including Sandal Castle, Pontefract Castle, and the battlefields of Towton and Wakefield.

greenhill dress-up
greenhill have-a-go archery
greenhill bill-drill

For Teachers: Working with Objects. Based on my twenty years experience of working with original artefacts in museums and ten years as a re-enactor using replica objects, I can deliver training to enable teachers to make the most of any object and relate it to a wide range of curriculum themes: technology, art and design; economics, transport and trade; historical lifestyles, health and medicine; weapons and warfare; civilian crafts and occupations and much more. Sessions can range from a one-hour workshop to half- or full day sessions.

Fees: £20/hour, plus mileage at 40p/mile

Educational clients include South Milford Junior School; Greenhill Junior & Infants School, Wakefield; Wellington Primary School, Bradford; Boroughbridge After-school Archaeology Club; University of Bradford

Testimonials:

I liked the way you taught us. You knew so much it was as if you had lived then and been warped forwards in time! Alice, South Milford

The children all really enjoyed the story and the activities. It was amazing to see them engaged in the hall, sitting, listening for such a long time. Christine F., Kirk Fenton

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