Workshops and talks

Our experienced team will deliver fun packed, unique and interactive sessions without the stress of a school trip


Florence Nightingale - Key Stage 1

The children will meet our costumed actress in role as Florence Nightingale and using a selection of gruesome and fascinating artefacts, Miss Nightingale will tell the children about her life and her work as a Nurse during the Crimean War. The children will focus on the changes she made in Barrack Hospitals and the improvements in hygiene that resulted from her pioneering work. Using a fun timeline exercise the children will learn to put Miss Nightingale’s life in context.

The group will then travel back in time to experience life as it was in Scutari Hospital whilst dressed as Nurses and Porters. Once they arrive at the hospital they will work together to clean the wards, make the beds, remove the rats and help treat a wounded soldier.

Perfect for Key Stage 1 students studying History, Science or just wanting a fun day of learning.

Time needed: 1.5 – 2 hours

Teeth, Food and Healthy Eating - Key Stage 2

This fun, interactive and sometimes messy talk is perfect for pupils studying the systems of the human body, the functions of teeth and the importance of nutrition.

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Starting with a messy experiment, children will act out the function of the different teeth through to digestion
  • Explanation of the upper digestive system with practical, hands-on experience
  • Healthy habits – how to look after our teeth
  • Explanation of the difference between human and animal teeth
  • A brief history of dentistry with object handling
  • Looking at different food groups and designing their own healthy meal
  • Exercise and a practical experiment
  • Explanation of the heart and circulatory system

Time needed: 1.5 hours

Victorians Alive and the Workhouse - Key Stage 2

We will bring the grim realities of Victorian life to your school, highlighting the state of 19th Century public health and hygiene conditions. Students will meet our Victorian Ma’am, to experience some of the harsh realities of Victorian education.

Investigate some of the characters who lived in Victorian Leeds and the factors which affected their health, such as unusual home remedies, the dangers of Quack doctors and the realities of surviving on a Workhouse diet. The group will look in closer detail at some of the Victorian illnesses that affected their characters, how they would have sought treatment and the developments in medicine that gradually improved the life of the everday Victorian.

Your pupils will get the chance to take part in four activities they would have experienced in the workhouse – playing with Victorian toys, making gruel, picking oakham and practicing their English and maths with a slate and chalk.

Time needed: 2 hours

Hands on History: WW1 - Key Stage 3 -4

Who were the unknown heroes of WWI and how did they change the world of medicine for all of us?

Your students will become historians, using a wide range of sources and objects to find out how and why WWI changed the world of medicine. They will put their techniques to the test, practicing the skills of forming enquiry questions and interrogating sources. Students will carry out their own research into four key areas of WWI medicine: Inventors, medicine on the move, shell shock and new weapons new wounds.

By investigating the lives of individuals involved in the war, they will learn about how the wounded and the sick were evacuated and treated, including the work of the F.A.N.Y.

Immerse your group in the stories of nurses, soldiers and surgeons and bring to life the ground-breaking technology that is still saving lives today.

Time needed: 1.5 hours

Pain Pus and Blood: Surgery through the ages - Key Stage 3 & 4

Students will explore surgery in the Victorian period and the three main challenges it provoked – lack of pain relief, infection and blood loss.

The talk will cover important figures such as James Young Simpson, Joseph Lister, John Snow and Florence Nightingale. Includes object handling and authentic smells!

Time needed: 1 hour

Legacies of our Medical Past - KS4/5

This in-depth talk looks at the legacies of our medical past including, pain relief, medications, anaesthetics, antiseptics, antibiotics and vaccines.

How does our medical past influence and inform the choices we make today? This session looks at changing theories about health, the range of diagnostics and treatments offered and how this has a direct impact on health choices and beliefs today. Includes object handling.

Time needed: 1 hour