Portals to the Past
Experience the real flavour of Saxon England. From the hierarchy and etiquette of the Lord’s Hall, the story of Beowulf, to the burial of a Saxon king and how archaeologists piece together the information they find on digs, our activity based Saxon workshop brings the period to life.
This interactive workshop explores the story of England from the coming of the Saxons, through to the Battle of Hastings.
"Always a pleasure to have a visit from Portals: It really helps bring the topic to life for the pupils, and inspires them to research and learn more about the period. Thank you again and see you next year." - Westgate Primary, Suffolk
"Superb day. Very well thought out, planned and executed. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative. Many Thanks." - Eastcourt Independent School, Essex
Portals to the Past’s Saxon workshop leaders are part of the retinue of King Rædwald appearing regularly at Sutton Hoo, and can speak the Old English language in which Beowulf was written. They have all been involved with staging of the Staffordshire Hoard exhibitions at Tamworth Castle, Stoke Potteries and Birmingham Museum.
Up to 90 children can take part in this full day workshop. The full rundown of the day can be requested from our website.
Our workshop leaders are all experienced re-enactors, amateur archaeologists, historians, authors and teachers. All workshops are based on current archaeological evidence and historical fact. Our aim is to inspire children and stimulate them to do further research and encourage a life-long interest in this fascinating subject.
The Portals to the Past team have appeared in the BBC’s “Horrible Histories”, many historical documentaries, feature films and regularly entertain audiences at museums and historical sites around the country.
- Curriculum based
- Interactive, hand on experience
- Enhanced CRB
- Full PLI
East, Greater London, Home Counties, South West
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