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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

Using 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. Children are also given the opportunity to handle real artefacts and take part in a role play activity based on the Weighing of the Heart ceremony.

National Curriculum link: Achievements of Ancient civilizations

Full day Oriental Museum or Outreach to your school.

Shang Dynasty

The Shang Dynasty

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

Full day Oriental Museum

It's all Greek to me!

This session focuses on life in Ancient Greece. Your class with have a go at artefact handling, take part in our Greek gallery challenges and participate in a famous Greek play: Euripides Medea.

National Curriculum link: Achievements of the Ancient Civilizations

Full day Museum of Archaeology or Outreach to your school.


Stone to Bronze to Iron Age

Find out more about life in prehistoric times! Your class will have the chance to use our handling collection, explore the gallery, learn about what archaeologists can discover about ancient people from their skeletons, and even make your own piece of prehistoric art.

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

Full day Museum of Archaeology or Outreach to your school.


Wear Romans

What was life like for Romans in the north of England? This session uses the archaeology gallery and our handling collection to see what the children can deduce from Roman artefacts. Your pupils will also be given the chance to create their own mosaic to take back to school.

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

Full day Museum of Archaeology or Outreach to your school.


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

Full day Museum of Archaeology or Outreach to your school.


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. Pupils will also create their own runestone, learing runic writing along the way.

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

Full day Museum or Archaeology or Outreach to your school.

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

Full day Museum of Archaeology or Outreach to your school.

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.

Full or half day Palace Green Library or Outreach to your school.


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

Half day Outreach to your school.

Early Islam

Early Islamic Civilisation

*Not available until further notice due to an exciting gallery redevelopment*

Using the collections of the Museum the children learn about the history of the Islamic world as expressed through their art. The session includes work in one of our galleries, the chance to create their own piece of art and the opportunity to learn about the importance of storytelling.

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

Full day Oriental Museum

Featured resources

What was Durham Market Place like?

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