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The Stuarts

Interactive History School Visits, Workshops and Learning Activities

Let us bring the WOW factor into your classrooms with our fun and informative Stuarts learning days.  Find out about the life of James I and his son, Charles I, and the English Civil War and how, on the death of Oliver Cromwell, Charles II came to the throne. 

We love working with primary and secondary schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent on their Ks1, Ks2 and Ks3 history curriculum topics.

The Stuarts

From the reign of James I England, Wales and Scotland had one monarch as we do today.  His son, Charles I, spent most of his reign in dispute with his parliament and eventually lost his head during The English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell led the Roundheads to victory over the Cavaliers.  It was only on Cromwell’s death that Charles II returned to the throne where he ruled for many years.  The two great events of his reign were The Great Plague and The Great Fire of London in 1666.


"The children absolutely loved it....possibly not as much as i did though."

- Teacher, Hull


Artefacts Created for Workshops

For our Stuarts school visits we have researched and recreated the following artefacts for use during your day:


  • Full sets of uniforms and armour that would have been used in The English Civil War by a Cavalier officer and a Roundhead foot soldier.
  • The weapons they would have carried in to battle, the swords, pistols, muskets and pikes.
  • A prop cannon that we can ‘fire’ using our safe pyrotechnic charges.  Blank firing, black powder, muzzle loading pistols and muskets.
  • The fine court costumes and wigs that would have been worn by the rich at the time of Charles II.
  • The medical equipment that would be used by a Stuart apothecary/surgeon treating injured soldiers during the battles of The Civil War and during The Great Plague and Fire of London.
  • The corn querns used for grinding down grain into flour.  All the equipment and ingredients for student to make simple flat breads.
  • A flint and steel fire lighting kit to make fire the old way.
  • The uniforms and equipment that would have been used by the militia of London when they were fighting The Great Fire.
  • A small portable printing press as would have been used to print simple pamphlets and posters.



 Activities Agenda

During Stuart history workshop your class will:


  • See teachers dressed as a Cavalier officer and a Roundhead soldier from the time of The English Civil War.  A chance for everyone to see them getting ready for battle and handle the weapons they would have used.  Which would you prefer to be armed with – a muzzle loading musket or a cavalry sword?
  • Learn how the soldiers on campaign would have lived in the camp with their families and how they would have had to forage for most of their food from the countryside around them.  See two of your teachers being dressed as the rich Cavalier officer’s wife and the poor Roundhead soldier’s wife
  • Go outside for a fire lighting demonstration and then see how our muskets and pistols would have been loaded and hear the bang they make when they are shot. (All our firearms are designed to be used with modern, black powder, blank-firing cartridges only for complete safety).
  • All students get a chance to try on the helmets and breastplates we have made to fit them and to carefully hold the weapons that the soldiers from The English Civil War would have used.  A great opportunity for the school camera!
  • Using our simple, portable period printing press students can ink up one of the blocks and then print themselves a small poster as it would have been done in Stuart times. 
  • Visit the Stuart doctor and see how he uses a urine sample to diagnose what is wrong with his patient (your teacher!) before he operates on his/her badly injured lower left leg.  A gory amputation that always seems to be very popular!  What does the doctor use leeches and maggots for?  Or find out what treatments the doctor might have tried on a patient with The Plague.
  • The Great Fire of London started in a baker’s in Pudding Lane.  Corn when milled in to flour is especially dangerous when left close to naked flames!  Everyone can have a turn on the corn querns that would have been used in the baker’s and get a feel for what hard work it is to mill flour.
  • Then using our simple recipe students can try making simple flat bread biscuits, using our equipment and ingredients, to be cooked later in the school oven.
  • Learn how the militia officer and ordinary volunteer soldier would have dressed to fight the Fire of London and stop looters.  Samuel Pepys wrote about the fire in his diary so we will dress up your teachers as he and his wife in their smart, expensive clothing and their poor servant girl, getting ready to flee from the fire.
  • Take part in a question and answer session to finish the visit and reinforce the day's learning.



"Excellent day, it was well presented and pitched at just the right level. Other members of staff commented on your vast knowledge!!"

 - Teacher, Battle Abbey Prep


History Resources Box

To enable you to make the most of our visit we provide a History Resources Box* filled with interesting items from your chosen time period absolutely free. This complimentary box will arrive one month prior to your booking and we will collect it at the end of our visit. (Or you can choose to have it for one month after our workshop.) Boxes might include various items from arrow heads and clothing to fire lighting flint and steel, plus all those little items they needed for every day living. Teachers have found these resource boxes brilliant for helping with their programmes of work and lesson plans.

*We regret we can only provide History Resources Boxes to schools within a 10 mile radius of our location at this time (Horam, East Sussex).


Full Day or Half Day School History Workshops

School visits can be booked for: 
Full Day 09:00 AM - 15:15 PM* - £550+ VAT 
Half Day 09:00 AM - Lunch (For schools within 15 mile radius of TN21 only) - £375+ VAT

Mileage fees of .50p plus VAT per mile will apply to schools that are beyond a 15 mile radius of TN21. 

*You may choose to cover 2 different time periods in a full day as a cost-effective way to teach different year groups on the same visit.

Don't forget we cover a whole range of historic periods from Stone Age to WW2. 

Contact us  today and also ask us to put together a special Bespoke History Day.  We have just done one called "The Plague and the Fire of London" and another focusing on "Thomas à Becket and Henry II".

We are based in Horam, near Eastbourne in East Sussex and typically work with schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.