Dover boat

Experimental Archaeology

This is a developing archaeological discipline and revolves around the creation of historical artefacts to see how they would have been made or how they would have worked. During this club the children will be able to have a go at making their own historical artefacts trying out skills and discovering what people in the past would have had in their everyday lives.

Roman altar to Nemesis at Chester amphitheater


Who will you curse?

Discover history by trying it yourself! Find out how archaeologists develop their understanding of the past by trying out different historical activities. Try your hand at making Roman water curses to bring the might of the God against your enermy. Or create your own Amulet creature. What animal will represent and protect you?

Pot fragment

Iron Age Pottery

Become an Iron Age tribesman and try your hand at one of the oldest crafts in the world.

Have a go at making and decorating your very own Iron Age pottery. How detailed can your design become?

Get your hands on a range of real arteacts from over 2000 years ago and find out about art work which changed Europe forever.

Lego catapult

Build a Catapult

Design and build your own Roman Catapult.

The Romans were some of the most brilliant engeineers the world has ever seen. They built superb buildings as well as dangerous weapons of war. One of their best known weapons was the catpult.

Can your design fling a marshmallow? How far can it go? Can you hit a target? Or knock down a tower?

Memorial mosaic at Chester

Roman Mosaics

Have a go at designing a mosaic!

The Romans built some of the worlds most beautiful and colourful buildings. Their love of design often came into their homes and many had floors with bright detailed designs. These designs were mosaics – small pieces of tessera, pieced together to make pictures. Use small squares to build pictures and pattens in as many colours as you can.


Craft and Games

Explore the past in your own way.

Take part in a range of games and activites which children of the past would have filled their days with. Try your hand at the Roman game Senator or help your friends to weave. Create your own pieces of Medieval cord and have a go at Victorian games. Or tell stories and show your friends using the puppet show theatres. 

Get involved with the past and experience life as children long ago would have done.

Dover boat

The Dover Boat

Can you become a prehistoric engineer?

In 1992 the 4th oldest ship was found here in Britian. Over 3000 years old the Dover boat was one of the most increadible archaeological finds of the decade. Since it has been raised a reconstruction has been made and tested, putting this Bronze Age craft back onto the water 

Now it is your turn. Can you create a craft that which can float and support cargo? Or can you build a craft which can win a race against your friends?

Henry VIII stained glass window at Hampton Court

Stained Glass Windows

Have a go at creating your own stained glass window.

Discover some of history's most famous examples and find out how they were used in ages when the majority of England could not read or write. 

Decide what pattens and designs to use, what colours would look best and display them amongst your friends work to brighten up a room.