Dr Jo's Time Machine will whisk you back in time with games, costumes, objects and fun!

For more information or to book a workshop, please contact Jo on jo@zoetropehistories.co.uk

 

In school workshop for year 2 and 3. £80 for a half-day session with a single class, £150 for a whole day (whether over two classes or one)


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Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age

I can be very flexible in which bits of prehistory to cover and for how long. Here are some examples.

Stone Age half day: Try your hand at cave painting with real earth pigments, explore life at Skara Brae, handle replica artefacts and discover what Mesolithic people ate with the hunter-gatherer game.

Stone Age full day: As above, but with added prehumans and lots of extra hands on activities like wattle fence making and butter making.

Neolithic to Bronze Age half day: Daily activities in the neolithic era, Stonehenge, and Bronze Age crafts including a metal "gold" disc.

Bronze Age and Iron Age half day: Make a "gold" disc, experience the daily tasks of the time, and take part in the story of Mac Da Tho's pig!

Prehistory full day: a full day extravaganza from the Lascaux caves to first meeting the Romans - with the help of a classroom-sized string timeline.


The Ancient Mayans

Perform part of the Popul Vuh creation myth, play a real Mayan board game and learn how to dress like a king!

As part of this workshop there is also the option for a food tasting of real Mayan ingredients, like papaya, maize tortillas, and 100% cocoa chocolate.

In school workshop for Key Stage 2. £80 for a half-day session with a single class, £150 for a whole day (based on two half-day sessions).

Florence Nightingale

Half day workshops in partnership with That History Bloke, see here for information.


Crime and Punishment

Explore the history of crime and punishment from the Saxons to the Victorians! Plot your perfect Elizabethan crime, take part in a court-room drama, and experience working conditions inside a nineteenth century gaol, complete with mugshot.

In-school workshop for high Key Stage 2. £80 for a half-day session with a single class, £150 for a whole day (based on two half-day sessions)


Picture: Ellen Woodman of Newcastle, sentenced to hard labour at 11 years old for theft. From Tyne and Wear Archives.

Medieval Maladies

Find out how to adjust the balance of your humours and cure the plague, with the help of urine wheels (!), bonesaws and a real live medicinal leech. Meet a plague doctor, and make your own posy to keep the poisonous miasma at bay. 

In-school workshop for Key Stage 2. £80 for a half-day session with a single class, £150 for a whole day (based on two half-day sessions).

 

Votes for Women!

Did you know, in Elizabethan England there was one woman voter? From these early beginnings we swiftly move on to the setbacks of the nineteenth century and the campaigns of the twentieth. With cartoons, debate, games, music and drama, we explore the women (and men) who gave their energies and even their lives in the campaign for women's suffrage.

In-school workshop for high KS 2 and low KS 3. £80 for a half-day session with a single class, £150 for a whole day (based on two half-day sessions).


Life in a Medieval Castle

Medieval castles were the home and workplace not only for lords and ladies, but for hundreds of other men and women with their own jobs to do. For this workshop we concentrate on seven people - the lord and lady, guard, monk, cook, blacksmith and prisoner - and their lives, with the help of lots of objects and jaunty song! Students will also learn medieval manners and dances, and handle some of the gear of a medieval knight.

In-school workshop for key stage 1. £80 for a half-day session with a single class, £150 for a whole day (based on two half-day sessions).