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Jeremiah Garsha

History for Schools, University of Cambridge

Faculty of History building, West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9EF

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Hands on history workshops for children age 7-14

10th Feb 2018 11:00am

10th Feb 2018 12:30pm


Cambridge History for Schools is an exciting outreach initiative from one of the world’s leading History Faculties. Workshops are hands-on and designed to stimulate a passion for asking questions about the past and trying out new ideas.

This term, we invite children ages 7 through 14 to come along and act out an ancient Greek animal sacrifice or else create their own version of a queen.  

Its a chance to meet other young people who love playing with ideas, and together unearth some unexpected insights about our past!

The next session is on Saturday 10th February 2018

For Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)

Imaging Queen Victoria with Eirik Roesvik

Close your eyes and try to describe Queen Victoria. How does she look? Is she a young woman or an old widow? In full regalia or in black widow’s garb?

In this workshop, we will look at the many images of Queen Victoria: as a woman, a monarch, a symbol of empire, and a mother.

In the late 1850s, people collected photographs of celebrities, but buying a photo was just one of many ways in which the Victorians could see the Queen that gave name to their age.

We will learn about her life and use visual sources to understand how our ideas of Victoria were shaped. This allows us to go beyond the popular conceptions of the Queen and see how we have created “our own” Victoria.


For Key stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Religion in Ancient Greece with Professor Tim Whitmarsh 

You probably think of religious practice as a very solemn activity.

But the ancient Greeks thought of their religious festivals as huge parties, grand celebrations of their communities.

At the heart of the ritual lay blood sacrifice: animals— the more, the bigger, and more expensive the better— were led to the god’s altar, slain, roasted, and eaten by the worshippers.

What was religious about this messy, noisy, smelly activity? What pleasure could gods possibly take in the slaughter of an innocent animal? And how did this activity eventually evolve into Christian ritual?

Come and find out!

Posted by Cambridge History for Schools on 7th February 2018.