History for Home Educators

With lockdown coming to a close on 19th July, we intend to be back on the road on the 20th. We shall of course have Covid provisions in place, we shall take lateral flow tests before each event and will ask that all participants do so as well.

Following the success of our History for Home Educators over the winter and summer of 2019 and a rather enforced hiatus in 2020, we are delighted to be open for business in the summer of 2021. Our history is experiential and immersive. We use archaeology, artefacts, imagery and activities to bring history alive and to inspire children to be inquisitive about our past. 


One week we may be examining a 500,000 year old axe, another learning about Shakespeare through the medium of an Elizabethan sixpence. We might be recreating palaeolithic rock art (very messy) or mesolithic footprints (also very messy). We overlie our sessions with quite abstract themes that may be as applicable today as they were in antiquity - this is not necessarily history of specific events. Whilst our themes may appear rather random, they are brought together by ideas, creative thinking and other disciplines - science, literature, art and geography frequently link our topics.

Our students tend to be aged between 9 and 13 although our sessions are suitable for younger and older children as well as we do not follow an age related curriculum. We do ask that parents/carers remain on site and are most welcome to  participate, or relax with a cup of coffee. Ideally, groups are between six and ten students. 



In Bristol our classroom is fabulous landscape of the Blaise Castle Estate. This summer we intend to extend this to nearby woodlands to enable us to explore WW1 and WW2 history as requested by some of our students. Typical themes and sites include:

Blaise Castle Estate: Dinosaurs to the 18th century!

Kingsweston Hill: Prehistory 

Bishops Knoll: WW1 

Kingsweston House and Penpole Wood: Age of Enlightenment to WW2

Sea Mills: Romans


In Gloucester we use the impressive house and grounds of Wotton House - constructed in 1707. We shall also be running activities in the Gloucestershire/Cotswolds historic landscape. 


Our themes are very fluid and can change at short notice, or even during the session, depending on the direction our discussions and activities take.

The cost is £15.00 per child per session with a discount for siblings. The sessions last about an hour a and a half. In the event of bad weather, sessions may be postposed.

To make a booking or for further information, please contact us

Gloucester Home Ed Mini Histories