The aim of the Chalke Valley History Festival for Schools is to excite, inspire and enthuse pupils about history. It is a very important part of our festival week and for three days we provide a wide range of curriculum-based subjects, drawing on leading historians, inspirational communicators, and the very best living historians around.
Bringing together the greatest historians, academics, living historians and TV personalities to educate on curriculum-based subjects, the Festival for Schools excites, inspires and enthuses about history.
On all three days we provide a full Living History programme delivered with expertise and a fresh interactive and immersive approach. This year periods and areas covered will include Medieval, Tudors, Crime and Punishment, Middle East 1908-2011, Second World War, Cold War and History of Medicine. There will be a huge amount for pupils to see and do which will help bring the past alive in a unique and exciting way.
We will have plenty of new living history including Roman encampments, an Iron Age and Medieval settlement, a new 1940 trench, a range of historical specialist skills, and a large array of historical artefacts, including a fully working Russian WWII-era T-34 tank.
The Festival is about getting out of the classroom and bringing history alive in new and exciting ways. We are proud that a large cross-section of schools attend from all over the country. We will announce details of specific historians speaking in due course.
With over 12,709 children having attended since launching, the Festival for Schools makes a major contribution to history education and brings history alive in new and exciting ways. We hope you will attend!