In partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are currently researching and developing curriculum-based school workshops.
Set in rural Gloucestershire, we will highlight the importance of the agricultural revolution, the preservation of rural crafts and present students with the opportunity to walk back in time and participate in the early stages of our modern day prison system. Hands on activities and our unique setting will allow children to develop skills, explore and delight in history. We offer all of this in a central location with on-site parking.
We are presently researching and curating the highest quality materials, experiences and value for money for future school and family visits. Our pilot schools are informing the development process so that teachers and parents are confident that a day out at the Old Prison will be fun, educational and memorable.
Courtroom & Prison
Join us for a historically based courtroom drama. Participants will step into a real Victorian courtroom, prison cells and period objects to learn and even decide the fates of the accused. For the condemned, we will walk through what prison life was actually like at Northleach, and why some of the accused may have actually preferred a guilty sentence. Children will leave this experience with a greater appreciation of what life in general was like in this period and how the broader sense of justice changes through time.
Heritage crafts are really having a moment, and we are excited to offer children the chance to try their hand at some of these crafts with the aim to set them into a historical context – not just how they were crafting, but why they needed to and what was happening to make some of these crafts fall out of use. We would like the children to come away with some new skills, and to appreciate that heritage crafts shaped our culture.
The topics of food production and farming are particularly timely, and learning about the explosion of commercial farming and how it helped to shape our modern life is a formative lesson for classrooms today. Join us to learn the key steps through practical hands-on activities where the children will come away with knowledge of basic farming principles through time. We aim to show that farmers must not only be strong and hard-working, but they must also be engineers, academics and scientists.