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Living History at Hatfield House Project

Living History at Hatfield House offers the opportunity for pupils to enjoy an audience with either Henry VIII or Elizabeth I in the unique atmosphere and surroundings afforded by the former Royal Palace at Hatfield. During the visit the King/Queen and their respective courtiers cover many aspects of and issues relating to, their respective times. Sessions can be individually tailored to cover any particular topic if required. With a history on site dating back to the tenth century and boasting one of the few Real Tennis Courts in the country, a rare breeds farm offering a presentation of the animals that would have been familiar to the Tudors and oak trees that are over 1,300 years old amongst its attractions Hatfield also offers much as a place for a Local Study.

For further information please visit:

Booking can be done via the website or by e mail

Living History at Hatfield House Project

If you have any questions please contact Gary Fisher on 077881 40572.


The Victorians

On-line Investigations into Life in Hertfordshire in the 1890's. Key Stages 2 and 3 resources from Stevenage, Tring and Hoddesdon. Find out more...

Mary Seacole - Resources for Teaching about the Life and Times of a Famous Victorian Woman

The ‘Mary Seacole Trunk’ contains objects (some of them are authentic Victorian) which Mary Seacole may have taken with her to the Crimea. It can be borrowed by schools (usually for a period of 2 weeks). Prior booking is essential.

Please phone the Mecs Watford Centre (01923 248584) to book.

It may also be possible to arrange for a visitor in role as Mary Seacole to come to your school.

Working with the Mary Seacole Trunk  - Bushey and Oxhey Infants

In Year 2 we were comparing the work of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. We introduced the trunk after giving the children a little potted history about Mary Seacole.

They were enthralled to know if it was THE real trunk she took with her (of course!) and we took out a few items each day....Things for on board ship (we had last term discussed the Plague and rats in relation to the Great Fire of London so this was perfect revision)...Things for the soldiers... the medicine box (best of all!) - what IS that funny shaped bottle for??!!

The children then had to write as if they were Mary entering the battlefield and using some of the things in the trunk. Wonderful results!!! Thank you. We also watched the Magic Grandad DVD - totally spellbound!!

Mary Seacole Trunk at Bushey InfantsMary seacole trunk at Bushey and oxhey infants


Hertfordshire Archives & Library Services (HALS)

Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies (HALS), based at County Hall in Hertford, has a wide range of resources to assist in the teaching of history, geography and local studies. These include original records of local authorities, schools, manors and estates, businesses and families etc. in Hertfordshire, as well as printed and published materials - books, newspapers, maps and photographs etc. Find out more...

History Sources Packs

Resource packs from HALS are available on a wide range of historical topics for example:

  • Public Health in Hertford 1830 – 1850 (the Cholera Epidemics of 1832 and 1848/9) Includes extracts from the Hertford census of 1851 and parish burial registers, photographs, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, map etc.
  • Hertfordshire in War and Peace 1938 – 1946 Includes photographs, newspaper cuttings and documents concerning the
    preparations for war, evacuation, the Home Guard, invasion plans, a spy in Hertfordshire, air raid precautions, bomb damage, rationing, British Restaurants, women and the war effort, paying for the war, and victory celebrations.
  • Child Labour in Nineteenth Century Hertfordshire Includes documents relating to child employment in the silk industry, papermaking, straw plaiting, agriculture, brickmaking, and chimney sweeping.

Hertfordshire Memories

Herts MemoriesThe Herts Memories website was launched in 2009 to celebrate life in Hertfordshire.  It is for people of all ages and backgrounds, from teenagers to teachers, families to local historians; it's about much more than history.

The opportunities for students to get involved in recording local history and their present day communities are virtually endless. Find out more....


Indus Valley Civilisation for KS2

A web site for teachers to assist with resourcing. Curriculum guidance links, articles and publications and links to an extensive website with resources on the Indus Valley KS2 world history.


Knebworth House

History Activity Days at Knebworth House

At Knebworth House we offer both Tudor and Victorian history activity days and encourage groups to come in costume!

‘Tudor Treasure Trail’:  Let your pupils discover what life was like during Tudor times.  Our costumed Guides will recreate the excitement and preparations surrounding Elizabeth I’s visit to Knebworth in 1571, as you explore both the House and the Gardens.  Activities include: Tudor costumes; writing and education; coats of arms; musical instruments and dance plus a visit to the Queen Elizabeth room.

‘Victor’s Victorian Ventures’: Your pupils will learn about Victorian Knebworth through the eyes of a child that lived here, as the servants of the household demonstrate how life was different for both rich and poor.  Activities include:  Victorian dress; calligraphy; object handling; learning about childhood in the nursery and playing with replica Victorian toys. 

To book either activity day, please contact us:

Group Bookings co-ordinator: or phone 01438 810931.
We also have a Victorians loan box available for use in the classroom.


Museum Resources

Hertfordshire Museums

Herts and Beds Museums: Resource Boxes for Schools

St Albans Museums

A wide variety of workshops, artefact handling sessions and tours for schools are run at both the Museum of St Albans and Verulamium Museum. In addition there are useful online resources for teachers on the museum web site:

Dacorum Heritage Trust

The Dacorum Heritage Trust is a Accredited Museum with collections covering the whole of Dacorum. Visit the Resources for schools page on their website:

They can provide Object Loan Boxes:

Victorian Object Loan Box and Archive Resources
Hemel Hempstead New Town Object Loan Box and Archive Resources
Rationing during the Second World War Object Loan Box
Home Front - Second World War Object Loan Box
Life through the eyes of Lefevre Cranstone - a Victorian Quaker artist from Hemel Hempstead. Includes authentic objects and costumes
Recreate an archaeological Dig with Roman pottery and sand
They can also provide a number of display panels for loan related the history of the local area.

'Digging for Victory in Dacorum' is a resource pack for schools based on an exhibition about the Home Front during the Second World War. This 85 page, A4 booklet with 81 illustrations includes sections on:

Countdown to War
Civil Defence
The Land Army
Bovingdon Airfield
War Work
Dickinson's War Work

This local history resource is available for £10.00 from the Museum Store.