Every character can be portrayed from different angles; for schools the emphasis is on education; for corporate & tourism the emphasis is on entertainment, but whatever the angle, your audience is guaranteed an outstanding experience.
Each performance is customised to suit the audience, ensuring a dynamic atmosphere and optimum impact is achieved every time.
We are constantly developing new ideas, so feel free to call us to discuss how we can help you.
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This soldier has been in action during the Dunkirk campaign and has returned on leave and has been plunged with his family into the depths of the blitz in wartime Britain. We bring to life 1940’s Britain; rationing, blackouts, evacuation etc. There is lots of hands-on opportunity with weapons and equipment, but as a bonus the children are formed together into a squad and put through their paces through drill.
Based on the real-life character SS officer, this presentation covers from 1918 to 1942 and concentrates on the rise of the Nazis through the Weimar Republic years, including the Treaty of Versailles and the Enabling Act. Within the presentation aspect of the Holocaust are covered, however, on request we can switch the main emphasis to focus on the Holocaust and the persecution by the Nazis.
This is a startlingly effective resource developed with schools, for schools, using original accounts.
This is just one of the characters you can see in the DVD “Talk History” we have written and produced for syllabus-setting exam-board, OCR. Click here to contact our office and find out how you can order a copy.
Based on real life experiences, our most poignant offering is a British Tommy fighting on the Western Front. Combining vivid descriptions of battle and life in the trenches drawn from the late Harry Patch's stories and other contemporary accounts, the presentation highlights the terrible plight and conditions faced by soldiers. There are plenty of artefacts, weapons and hands-on opportunities to enhance this session, including a Lewis Gun.
We offer two characters for this period;
The Victorian Policeman uses my own experience as an ex-police officer and transfers the experiences back to the reign of Queen Victoria. It not only covers crime and punishment, but also the reasons behind it; poverty for example. The children will have the opportunity to handle the artefacts and we also involve the youngsters in a whipping top competition.
Also, we have recently created a Victorian Schoolmaster character for Cambridge OCR. We can turn the clock back in your classroom to the 1850s and with slate and chalk give the children a lesson as if they were back in time. We can include virtually any topic within this lesson, such as the Industrial Revolution, Crime & Punishment, Disease, Life in Victorian Times and even cover The Empire. We have various artefacts to bring along together with slates and Tudor hornbooks for the children to use within the lesson.
To finish off the French Revolution, we have put together a red-coated corporal from Wellington’s army, who has fought his way through the Peninsular Wars, through Waterloo and is now in the occupying forces in Paris. This is a window into a fascinating period, as the soldier not only reveals the military side but also divulges life on the streets of England at the time. One of the aspects he covers is battlefield surgery; how the wounded were dealt with how surgery & medicine itself began to improve. A live musketry display is included within the package.
Explore the causes of the Civil War, then choose your side and join the debate to see how conflict may have been avoided. Offering both Parliamentarian and Royalist characters, audiences can experience the shock and tragedy of brothers divided by the sword and the conviction of their beliefs. The equipment we bring enables us to dress students as a pike man, musketeer and cavalry trooper, we also bring a life-size model of a civil war canon into the classroom accompanying these sessions is a live-firing musketry display.
This character is based on a slave captain who became sickened by his bloody trade and became an abolitionist and reformer. The workshop takes you from the point of capture in their village in Africa covering their journey to the coast and their inevitable onward journey to the Caribbean. Pupils will have the opportunity to handle the manacles and chains used by the slavers.
History Squad offers two characters for this period;
Tudor Bowman; generally beginning with a short introduction on how the Tudors came to power i.e. with the death of Richard III, this helps set the stage for the Tudors. We bring along artefacts, such as writing instruments, eating utensils, coins etc. and encourage the children to dress up and join in the day. If required, and location permits, we can demonstrate the longbow or even fire a musket, as this was the beginning of the era of guns.
Tudor Sailor; master gunner from Sir Frances Drake’s ship, Revenge. Complete with ships cannon, this character will give you the English view of the Spanish Armada. Students will have the opportunity to go through the loading drill of the cannon to show how our sailors were so well trained, and who knows it may even go BANG! This is just one of the characters you can see in the bespoke DVD “Talk History” we have written and produced for syllabus-setting exam-board, OCR. Click here to get in contact and find out how you can order a copy for yourself.
With various characters straight from the history books, History Squad can offer stirring accounts of life during the 15th century and can draw audiences into the heat of battle with such passion as to leave them breathless. Everyone is free to try on equipment and closely inspect the formidable weaponry, particularly the longbow and crossbow.
1066. This is a view through both the eyes of Harold and William covering Stamford Bridge and Hastings, as well as the mistakes, the positive moves made by both sides. Again lots of hands on opportunities; children will be astonished at the weight of a full chain-mail shirt
An Optio with the II Legion forges his way through the wild lands of untamed Britain. This hands-on workshop is so much fun, it consists of shield formations and drill with orders given in Latin and then called on the trumpet (a cornucun) by the pupils. A kit bag full of equipment accompanies this session, giving the children an insight into life in Roman Britain.
Also, coming soon..............Gladiator!
This fascinating presentation will have students riveted as we begin our story with the Roman, Galen. We explore how he learned his craft and compare his knowledge with that of the medieval surgeon John Bradmore to recreate the dramatic operation that was performed on the Prince of Wales (who later became Henry V) to remove the arrowhead from his face.
We investigate medicine through the Tudor period and examine the pustules of the Plague and finally onto more modern history with Florence Nightingale.
Kevin merges the past with the present drawing on his own experiences as a soldier, police officer and deputy coroner's officer.
History Squad offers a complete Have-A-Go archery package ideal for Private Parties (adult and children’s), Public Events and Experience Days.
This is an excellent opportunity to try your hand at archery using a traditional English longbow. Top instruction with a professional archer will help you unleash the power of your bow so that you can experience what it feels like to draw, load and shoot these incredible weapons for yourself and take part in games and competitions to challenge your skills. You’ll be happily hitting the target in no time.
Previous experience isn't necessary; anyone from 5 to 80, can enjoy this historic and addictive sport.
We provide all the equipment needed including arena, targets, barriers safety netting and of course longbows & arrows, so that you can benefit from a worry-free service from experienced professionals.
Your instructor, Kevin Hicks, is a professional archer and entertainer who regularly performs as Robin Hood beneath the major oak at Sherwood Forest. So in addition to first class tuition, Kevin’s engaging style will entertain and fascinate you as he brings stories of the longbow to life.