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History for Schools 2017-2018

When Feb 10, 2018
from 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where Faculty of History
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Do you like to crack myths and find out what really happened in the past?

Do you like to imagine how it would feel to live in a different time or place?

Do you wonder how the world came to be the way it is?

Then we need you!

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.

You can act out an ancient Greek animal sacrifice, create a queen, or even rebuild a war torn Europe as we engage with some of history’s biggest problems, events and personalities.

Meet other young people who love playing with ideas, and together unearth some unexpected insights about our past!

Cost: Free

Location: All sessions will be at the Faculty of History building, West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9EF Time: 11am until 12:30pm

To book: email (max. 4 participants per booking)

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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!


For the full year's programme click here