Welcome to Creative History

Celebrating 15 years

2018 – 2019 sees us celebrating 15 years of business. Creative History was founded in 2003, by Patricia Silver – Warner MA(Ed), for the purpose of providing history visits that promote the development of historical skills and knowledge through active learning; whilst looking to save class teachers time.

Based near Southampton, the last 15 years have seen Creative History regularly working around Gloucester, London, Kent and East Sussex. Over a year, Creative History is likely to work with about 3,900 children across 65 schools. Some visits are for a specific year group only. Others are designed across the school so year on year children develop their object handling and historical argument skills. As well as school visits leading professional development days, advisory work, sourcing resources and museum work are undertaken. Curriculum 2014 was a challenge removing most requests for Tudors, Victorians and WWII so Marvellous Maya, Strenuous Stone Age and Fossil hunting were added to the repertoire.

Favourite moments from visits include:

▪ “Tricia, where are the logbooks & Historian stickers ? We need to record ideas”. Yr 6 boy, during an introductory session, 4th visit.
▪ “Thank you for today – come again tomorrow” 1st visit, Yr 6 boy, Tudor day.
▪ Parents wanting my ‘Fire of London’ workshop for their Yr.1 as the sibling had spent breakfast describing my visit from 2 years ago.
▪ “This is the year I learnt about chocolate.” Yr 2’s end of year comment after an Autumn visit.
▪ “ I remember when …” conversations with children on later visits.

2018 is also a year of Remembrance for World War One. So the Creative History has three WWI options to choose from: The Romsey War Horse Camp, Mrs Agnus Morrison’s the inventor of Flag Pin Fund Raising; My Thomas is over there; please remember him! With a combination of tales of the time, a kit bag to help pack, a war gift from a Princess, object handling and recording and making workshops KS1 and 2 children learn about aspects of WWI that can be built on later when they look in detail at the realities of trench warfare in KS3 and beyond. For these please click here.

To further celebrate 15 years of sharing history teaching skills two courses are on offer.


December 11th 2018  Objects, Evidence and Building historical Arguments, KS1- 3
March 1st 2019 Developing Historical Chronological Understanding, KS1 – 3

  • Venue: King John’s House Romsey
  • Time 9:30 – 15:00
  • Cost £115 for per person including refreshments and lunch.
  • Included: optional tour around the museum at 12:00
  • Maximum of 20 on each course.
  • Audience: anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of History skills in the KS1,2 & 3 Curriculum
  • Course Presenter: Patricia Silver-Warner MA(Prim. Ed) with almost 30 years teaching experience

For further information email admin@creativehistory.co.uk

Visit Structure

For a visit, choose between chronological or focused topics. Then opt for a period costumed character, historian or archaeologist for your visitor. Finally, select the type of visit to suit your budget:
Type 1: An interactive presentation with object handling,
Type 2: Add deeper object analysis to the presentation and handling to extend historical skills,
Type 3: Include experience workshops to deepen and widen understanding of the topics.

What does a day cost? Please click here.

We provide a wide range of visits offering some topics in overview and others in depth for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Our visits are divided into categories as outlined below. Alternatively, please explore the web site through the menus and search tool.

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Visit Categories


Chronology days span several historical periods and cover one or more themes. Topics include: Toys & Games, Fashion, Food, Homes and Packaging & Textiles. For example, “The Toy Factory” includes comparisons between Egyptian, Tudor, Victorian and 20th Century toys. These days are also fantastic for supporting other curriculum areas.  For example we can look at the topics from Design and Technology, Art or Science perspectives.

Famous Events

A period costumed character or historian covers the topics of: The Great Fire of London, The Sinking of RMS Titanic, The Blitz and The First Man on The Moon.

Famous People

Explore the lives and achievements of famous historical individuals. Topics include: Comparing the Queens (Elizabeth I and II, Victoria), Guy Fawkes (gunpowder plot), Mary Anning (fossils), Mary Seacole (nursing), Florence Nightingale (nursing), Captain Arthur Rostron (the Captain of the Carpathia), Mary Davis (Titanic survivor) and Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon).

Historical Periods

Bring history to life when a period costumed character visits with a range of interesting objects and a story to tell.  We offer characters from the following British eras: Iron AgeRoman Britain, Anglo-SaxonViking, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian and EdwardianIn addition, an archaeologist or historian can bring the The Stone Age or Bronze Age to life.

Local Events and People

We cover significant historical events, people and places around Creative History’s base in Hampshire. Topics include Florence Nightingale, Sinking of the RMS Titanic (Mary Davis or Captain Arthur Rostron), Romsey Remount Depot (WWI).

Other Topics

A visit from a paleontologist character can resurrect Dinosaurs and Fossils in the minds of the children. Enjoy a visit from a period costumed character from Ancient Egypt or Ancient Greece. An Archaeologist or Historian can bring the The Maya to life.

Nursery Rhymes are often a commemoration of historical events and people. The visit looks at what nursery rhymes mean and explores them through reading, making, enacting and playing games.

Have you ever wondered just how archaeology works, or fancied an archaeological ‘hook’ to kick start a history topic? Then a visit from an archaeologist is the visit for you.

Historical Experience Days at King John’s House

Creative History has teamed up with King John’s House & Tudor Cottage Trust Ltd to create unique fact-based role-play and activity mornings set in a complex of Medieval, Tudor and Victorian buildings. Experience a hands-on, interactive, fun-packed, teacher-led, museum-based morning. Optionally add your own activities to create a full day’s visit.