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A Record Breaking Autumn


We recorded our best very autumn term results. We started to prepare for the new curriculum and delivered our first Stone Age to Iron Age modules. We have also been looking at “local history”, through various castles, knights and battles. The anniversary of the Great War will be the largest national commemoration the country has seen and we are preparing specific days on WW I to coincide with the anniversaries.


A Great Summer, the 2014 Curriculum and Museums


A brilliant Summer term made the academic year our busiest on record. Medieval days took off and we even did a special Plantagenet day. In response to the new curriculum we prepared a new workshop based on the Stone Age to the Iron Age, and organised a big Celtic Festival in East Yorkshire. Over the summer we have also worked in the Great North Museum up in Newcastle on days themed around the Romans and Greeks.


A Busy Autumn


The long Autumn term set a new record for the number of pupils taught, but the Spring term has exceeded every record we have! Toy workshops and pirate days are proving very popular alongside our more traditional subjects. we are doing everything we can to meet the demand but please book early to avoid disappointment. We also have some excellent new Celtic helmets.


The Olympic Summer


This term we set new records reaching massive numbers of children, teaching mainly about the Greeks. A big thank to all the schools involved.

During our spare time we also put together the first public shows in the UK based around Greek cavalry and their tactics.


Easter 2012


A very successful term was made even better by the York Viking Festival.

Lots of new Greek and Celtic artefacts arrived, with an absolutely brilliant medieval maille armour to enable John to play Saint George, killing a very scary dragon.


Autumn 2011


The exciting “Pirate” days have proved a great success as have other half day workshops such as “Toys through Time”, “Treasure” and “Weapons and Warfare”. Financial constraints mean it is becoming even harder for schools to hire a coach and visit a museum or attraction, and the demand for our days has never been higher.

Pupils have access to various ways of learning. They handle the everyday artefacts of the period, and learn how they were used. Activities such as indoor and outdoor games, music, dance and crafts help the pupils understanding of the period.


Thank you!


The last academic year was our busiest and most successful. Over the summer we are developing 'Pirate' days and acquiring new pirate artefacts. 2012 sees the Olympics come to the UK and already our Greek bookings are setting a new Olympic record. We hope to see you over the course of the year.


New Egyptian Artefacts!


In early April we took delivery of a large collection of excellent quality Egyptian artefacts. There are handling pieces for the pupils as well as royal regalia and armour. The collection of axes and maces are particularly outstanding.


Interviews and Roman Army Talk Conference


Recently John has been interviewed by the Daily Telegraph and FHM magazine for advice and expertise on the Romans and cavalry re-enactment. In February 2011 he has also organised the international 'Roman Army Talk' Conference in York, looking at Roman miltary equipment. Speakers included Dr J Coulston, M C Bishop and Graham Sumner.


Filming with the Yorkshire Museum


In late October 2010 the York Museums Trust undertook some filming to highlight Roman York. John organised some equipment to represent the different periods of Roman occupation in York, and acted as a ”talking head”. The film is intended to be shown in the Yorkshire Museum.


Roamin' Romans with York Schools


On the 29th September in the rain John lead around 80 children, many dressed as Romans, on their bikes as part of York's second annual car free day. The aim of the scheme, put forward by City of York Council, was to show motorists there were cheaper, easier more environmentally friendly and healthier alternatives to using a car.

The 'Roamin' Roman' legion was made up of schoolchildren from English Martyrs', Poppleton, Ousebank, Fishergate and St Barnabas Primary Schools.


Double Booking


To meet demand both Catherine and John will be available for full days in 2010 making booking the date you want much easier.


Special Offer!


Many schools loyally book us up to four times a year. You can benefit from a repeat booking 10% discount. (Minimum charges still apply). All bookings must be made at the same time. Ring 01904 704357 for a free quotation.


Artefact Handling Sessions


In addition to the standard days, our artefact handling sessions are proving very popular. These include a session on toys and their development through time.

They provide children with a hands on learning experience, using artefacts of the highest quality. As well as games and toys, yet more examples of Greek and medieval military equipment have arrived.