(being a most outstanding historical workshop in the comfort of one's school)
Balestra living history proudly presents the magnificent ..
Welcome to a most original
adventure in historical learning
A Day-long Victorian invention
workshop in your primary school!
From the development and impact of steam power in the first railways, to the unsurpassable Great Exhibition of 1851 and beyond towards the later technological inventions that are the foundations of our modern age, our workshop covers all the major innovations from Queen Victoria's long and truly industrious reign in one invigorating bundle.
An ideal alternative to the usual Victorian School workshop, our invention workshop allows the pupils to embark on a historical learning journey through the following activities (please click each link to go to our 'workshop details' page for more information):
Add to this the fact that each primary school workshop is planned and delivered by an experienced QTS teacher, and backed by a growing list of accompanying FREE Victorian lesson plans and teaching resources and you can see why our workshops are becoming an extremely popular choice for many schools in today's economic climate. For a free enquiry pack or to enquire about available dates, please click here.
- Test your knowledge with our end of the day team quiz, complete with bonus points and certificates for the winning team
- Take pictures through an 1880 lens dressed in Victorian clothes and keep them at the end of the day to use in your follow on work
- Handle and investigate over 50 genuine Victorian objects, such as cameras, household items, typewriters, sewing machines and even a genuine Great Exhibition catalogue from 1851!
- Solve the Victorian invention timeline by reassembling the dates of major inventions in a light hearted look at the Victorian age
"Thank you so much for a wonderful, creative workshop! It was engaging, relevant and hands-on. The children relished the opportunity to handle the artefacts and loved dressing up as Victorians during the photo shoot. First class!"
Faye Cooper, Y6 teacher, Bolton
“Thanks for today; it was great! The children were absolutely enthralled.”
Bridget Harrison, Y5 teacher, Stoke
Our in-school primary school workshop provides a valuable insight into the groundbreaking Victorian age of invention and innovation with a full five hours of interactive activities designed to maximise the learning of your pupils and take them to the heart of this wondrous era.