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About Hands on History

Why We’re So Passionate About Bringing History to Life

At Hands on History we are dedicated to bringing history alive in the most entertaining and realistic way possible. We believe that the best presentations, whether conducted to a classroom of children or as part of a corporate team building day, are the ones that give our audience the chance to become part of the action by seeing, feeling and trying the materials, weapons and activities from their chosen historic era.

Owned and run by Martin and Daryl Patterson, our combined knowledge and passion for history, coupled with exceptional craftsmanship skills, gives us the ability to offer this ‘hands on’ experience through a range of specifically developed activities that make the most of the equipment we have personally developed.

Using scripted presentations, and dressing and equipping volunteers from your audience with our exclusive replicas, we can bring history alive for any period from the Stone Age and Roman Britain through to the Second World War.

Loved at Schools, Colleges and Corporate Events

Our workshops are extremely popular with schools and colleges, where we thrill primary and secondary students at all Key Stages with live action demonstrations and replica weapons and clothing.

For corporate events and team building sessions we can make your staff training that little bit more exciting by organising a historical based team building day. Haven’t you always wanted to attack your boss with a Roman sword?!

Booking with Hands on History is simple and we will work with you to produce a package that suits your individual needs and budget. We supply any necessary paperwork including contracts, risk assessments and insurance documents. The Company is fully insured, our staff team is trained by us and they are all CRB checked.

Hands on History are proud to have worked with schools around the country, as well as museums and other Heritage sites and organisations such as The National Trust, English Heritage, Leeds Castle, Penshurst Place and the BBC.

We’d love to work with you – please get in touch if you have any questions.