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Key Stage 2 History Workshops

From Castles to Romans and from the Great Fire of London to the Vikings, the Learning Team offer a fantastic primary History programme. Find out about our programme of workshops below, or explore our online teaching resources.

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt

Online and live from our Egyptian galleries, students find out about life and death in Ancient Egypt. They discover how museums can be used to find out about Egypt and learn about Mummies and the afterlife.

National Curriculum link: Achievements of Ancient civilizations

Online session from the Oriental Museum

Shang Dynasty

The Shang Dynasty

Online and live from the Oriental Museum, use our collections to find out more about this ancient Chinese dynasty. Explore the bronze and jade objects made by their craftsmen, discover how they used oracle bones and developed some of the worlds oldest writing. Finally, learn about what happened to the last king of the Shang!

National Curriculum link: Achievements of the earliest civilizations

Online session from theOriental Museum

It's all Greek to me!

This session focuses on life in Ancient Greece. Explore our collections through live interaction from the galleries and participate in a famous Greek play: Euripides Medea.

National Curriculum link: Achievements of the Ancient Civilizations

Online session from the Museum of Archaeology


Stone to Bronze to Iron Age

Find out more about life in prehistoric times! Explore objects in the gallery and handling collection online and live in your classroom and learn about what archaeologists can discover about ancient people from their skeletons.

National Curriculum link: Changes in Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age

Online session from the Museum of Archaeology


Wear Romans

What was life like for Romans in the north of England? This online session uses the archaeology gallery and our handling collection to see what the children can deduce from Roman artefacts.

National Curriculum link: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Online session from the Museum of Archaeology


Anglo-Saxon life

Is it really true to think of this period as the Dark Ages? This session explores Anglo-Saxon art, culture and life using the objects on display and our extensive handling collection. Your class will also look at the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the most significant books from this period of history.

National Curriculum link: Britain's settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and Scots

Online session from the Museum of Archaeology


The coming of the Vikings

What were the Vikings like and were they so very different from the native Anglo-Saxons? This hands-on session considers what life was like in Viking Britain using our handling collection and gallery displays.

National Curriculum link: The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England

Online session from the Museum or Archaeology

Tudor Times

Find out more about life in Tudor times using documents and artefacts and discover how historians use primary sources and architecture to build up a picture of life in Tudor Durham.

National Curriculum link: Local history study

Online session from the Museum of Archaeology

First World War

The First World War

A session that considers some of the reasons why young men volunteered to fight in the First World War including the pervading culture, the recruitment drives and official propaganda. The session also focuses on what life was like as a new recruit in the Army and makes use of a specially created handling collection.

National Curriculum link: Extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Online session from Palace Green Library .


Your Own Backyard

Embark on a study of your school's local area and discover its fascinating history. What stories lie behind local landmarks? Piece together the puzzles of the past with maps, documents and photographs.

National Curriculum link: Local History study

Online session from Palace Green Library

Early Islam

Early Islamic Civilisation

Using the collections of the Museum the children learn about the history of the Islamic world as expressed through their art. The session includes exploring Islamic museum objects and the opportunity to learn about the importance of storytelling.

National Curriculum link: A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history

Online session from the Oriental Museum

Featured resources

What was Durham Market Place like?

A local history study

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Rich and poor in Tudor times

What can inventories tell us?

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