Living History Workshops - Hands-on History Workshops for Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

Booking a workshop
Q:  How do we book?
A:  Firstly, submit an enquiry via the 'Contact Us' form.  We will reply with a selection of available dates and a quote.  Next, tell us your preferred date and we will send you a booking form.  Once we have received your completed booking form back then we'll send you a copy of the invoice, plus a parental permission slip (required for those workshops where we use 
face paints and food tasting).

Q:  Do the children need to bring costumes?
A: No!  We bring around 90 costumes for each workshop.  The children normally put these on at the beginning of the day and take them off at the end of the workshop - we just ask that they remove them at lunchtime!

Q: How many children can you cater for at a time?
A:  We can cater for around 90 children at a time, and will run the workshop with all 90 children together for the whole day.

Q:  How many staff does the school need to provide?
For 30 children, 1 member of staff.
For 60 children, 3 members of staff for the morning session.
For 90 children, 5 members of staff for the morning session.


Workshop space
Q:  What size space do you need?
A:  Hall space is always best as our workshops are extremely interactive, we have a lot of equipment, we do a lot of moving around and some of the workshops are a bit messy!

Q:  What if we don't have hall space available?
A:  For up to 30 children, we can hold the workshop in a classroom.  We ask that desks and chairs are cleared/cleared to one side, and children are registered elsewhere so that we have time to set up.

Q:  We have P.E/Drama rehearsal etc - can you relocate during the workshop?
Due to the nature of the activities we are unable to relocate during the morning session.  If you need us to relocate after lunch, then please allow extra time for pack-down, moving equipment and setting up etc.


Clubs, Assemblies, Lunch time etc
Q:  What about assembly?
Some schools prefer to cancel assembly, but if this is not possible we are very used to working around the hall timetable.  In order for the children to get the most out of the workshop we require a 90 minute period where the activities can be left laid out.

Q:  What about lunch times?
A:  Let us know what time the lunch time staff need the hall, and we will make sure that we finish the morning session in enough time to clear away our equipment.  There is a space on the booking form to inform us of this.  

Q:  What about Breakfast Club?
A:  Providing we can access one end of the hall in which to place our equipment, this does not usually effect the time that we start the workshop.


Logistics
Q:  Do you have a lot of equipment?
A:  Yes, loads of it, most of it very heavy!  It would be great if we can unload near the hall/workshop area please.

Q:  Do you need a parking space?
A:  Yes please!  If none are available, please let us know where else we can park as we'll need to arrive a little earlier.

Q:  How long do you need to set up?
A:  Each workshop takes around 1 hour to set up, and 20 minutes 
to pack down. 

Q:  Does the workshop equipment take up a lot of room?
A:  During the morning session there will be equipment laid out around the entire workshop space.  Once this session has finished we will clear it away to take up a space approximately 5m x 1.5m. 

Q:  What happens to the equipment at lunch time?
A:  It is normally tidied against one wall of the hall, and will be covered over.  
It will take up a space of around 5m x 1.5m.



Paying for a workshop
Q:  How do we pay?
A:  We will email the invoice to the address on the booking form once your workshop has been confirmed.  

Q:  When do we pay?  
A:  Payment is due on the day of the workshop - cheques will be collected by the workshop leaders.

Q:  Who should cheques be made payable to?
A:  Please make cheques payable to Living History Workshops

Q:  Do you accept Bacs payments?
A:  Yes.  Details are on the bottom of the invoice.


Parental Permission, DBS/CRB, Insurance & Photos etc
Q:  Do you have the correct Public Liability Insurance?
A:  Yes - copies are available on request.

Q:  Do you have risk assessments?
A:  Yes - copies are available on request.

Q:  Do you provide parental permission slips?
A:  Yes, once we've received your booking form we will email you permission slips for those workshops that use face paints and food tasting.

Q:  Do you take photos?
A:  Never without asking!  No pictures will ever be published without parental permission and checking with the school/client first.


Miscellaneous
Q:  Do you run workshops outside of schools?
Y:  Yes, we often run workshops at festivals, community events and birthday parties - contact us for details.