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Exciting, immersive and inspiring history workshops for schools, presented by a charismatic team of “performing historians” with a deep-rooted passion for their subject.

Hands-on, educational workshops

Drawing upon an unrivalled pool of talented historians, archaeologists and reenactors, we typically visit more than 1,700 UK schools a year to deliver hands-on, educational workshops that leave kids (and teachers) buzzing.

Why choose Portals to the Past?

We are not just “teachers that get dressed up”. Our multi-talented re-enactors are specialists in their field; true historians with a genuine passion for the past. The Portals team takes great delight in sharing their knowledge and their enjoyment of history with a whole new generation of history buffs.

As seen on film and TV

Our Time Travellers are very much in demand for their depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for their subject. They regularly take part in historical re-enactments, and have appeared in many films, historical documentaries and on the BBC’s “Horrible Histories”.

Reception – Dinosaurs and Fossils

A dinosaur workshop for reception class that will bring out the hidden palaeontologist in your pupils.

KS1 Dinosaurs and Fossils

Key Stage 1 dinosaur workshop – let us take your children back to the Jurassic period.

KS2 Rocks, Dinosaurs and Fossils

A panoramic glimpse into everything pre-historic taking students on an exciting geological and palaeontological adventure from the Earth’s primordial beginning.

KS2 Britain – Stone Age to the Iron Age

From the original hunter gathers to early farming communities, ancient technology and coming of the age of metal.

KS2 Ancient Greeks

Covering everything from the warring city states, the birth of democracy and Greek legends to Alexander the Great and Greek culture.

KS2 Maya

Travel back 1000 years and unearth the undiscovered world of the Maya.

KS2 Ancient Egyptians

This fun, absorbing and interactive workshop introduces children to the fascinating and enigmatic world of the ancient Egyptians.

KS2 Romans

This engaging and motivating day studies life in Britain under the Pax Romana, the long period of relative peacefulness experienced by the Roman Empire.

KS2 Saxons

Experience Saxon England, from the hierarchy and etiquette of the Lord’s Hall, the language and the story of Beowulf, through to the burial of a Saxon king.

KS2 Vikings

This hugely popular Viking workshop covers everything from home-life to battles, Gods and how to have fun, Viking-style.

KS2 Medieval

This entertaining one-day workshop provides insight into medieval life from 1066 to 1483.

KS2 Tudors

The day starts with a short talk start on how and why the Tudors came to power, the effects of religious turmoil and how the discovery of the New World changed Europe.

KS2 World War One

This educational, exciting and moving workshop provides a depth of understanding of the Great War in an impactful, but sensitive and age-appropriate manner.

KS2 World War Two

A captivating workshop that vividly brings World War II to life, using a variety of teaching aids (including a genuine air raid siren!).

KS3 The Great War for Secondary Schools

This workshop provides students with a detailed insight into the life of a common soldier during the First World War, and addresses the myths of the “Great War”.