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English Civil War

60 second histories
English Civil War

Soldiers in training

This presentation begins from the side of Parliament, showing the ills of Charles I and the Royalist cause, but as we progress through the Civil War, we show a different view of King Charles, that of a father and husband.  Giving both sides of the argument draws the children into a debate as to the rights and wrongs of the Civil War. 

During this workshop-based presentation, volunteers are dressed in armour as a pikeman, an ironside cavalryman and a musketeer.

The presentation culminates in a live firing demonstration of both a matchlock and flintlock musket.


What you should know

All sessions are flexible; the minimum duration of a single workshop is around 1 hour and the maximum duration is half a day, so sessions can be tailored to suit your timetable and class numbers; we can deliver to whole school assemblies or smaller groups as required (e.g. 2x half day sessions, 3x 1.5hr sessions or 5x 1hr sessions etc.) and can even deliver 2 different topics in one day if required to benefit maximum number of pupils. 

The weapons and equipment are heavy and can be dangerous, and can therefore only be handled if the students are orderly and there is room to do so.

The muskets are real and require at least 25 metres of open ground to fire them.

Our risk assessment, liability insurance cover, shotgun license and DBS certificate are available on request.



Equipment & Weapons
Matchlock and flintlock muskets (both blank firing)
3x swords, pike, pikeman's armour
Trooper's armour and coat
Musketeer's equipment, gunpowder and baskets with artefacts of the time
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