Experts on your doorstep

Below you will find a list of prehistorians organised alphabetically by area who are willing to be contacted by schools. All are available to give advice, and some may also offer paid-for workshops. Schools Prehistory does not have direct experience of the quality of advice on offer.

If there is no-one for your area, yet, please contact us and we’ll try to track someone down.

You can submit your own listing – just add your details here.

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Dan Westall
We run Interactive Stone Age history sessions for primary schools in our woodlands or in schools.

BRINGING THE SUBJECT ALIVE WITH AN INTERACTIVE HISTORY LESSON!

Experience the Stone Age first hand learning the skills and crafts of our ancestors in our woods or in your classroom. Get up close and personal with furs and skins, flint and obsidian tools, grass, pottery and rawhide baskets, hold the tools that your ancestors used to shape our future.

We take participants on a journey through the Stone Age discovering ancient skills and traditional crafts. Delve into the Stone Age to discover how our ancestors lived and thrived without modern equipment. We combine history with creativity encouraging participants to learn about their environment, ask questions about their ancestors and explore the uses of the natural resources around them.

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Really Wild Education
Do you want to really bring the new KS2 prehistory topics to life? Well look no further! Really Wild Education’s teachers have an inspiring and hands on course of study to really bring ancient British culture to life.

From hunter gatherers to successful society. How human attitudes, cooperation,
specialisation, resilience, creativity, understanding of our environment and sustainability contributed to the development of early society and ultimately who we are today.

The KS2 prehistory content can be delivered through lessons in the classroom, outside on school grounds or in the countryside. Lessons can be delivered as half day, full day or overnight camps.

With Really Wild Education your students will learn to safely make fire the way our ancient ancestors discovered how to do it. They will cook ancient bread recipes with a tasty twist, build shelters and learn how to hunt and gather in the wild. The students will take a journey through time from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and have a small taste of what it was really like to live in those days.

Our bush craft and survival instructors are trained in all primitive knowledge techniques of survival that our ancestors passed down through the ages. Your students will come away from a day with us having gained some of these incredible confidence lifting and useful skills.

For detailed information about our range of experiences please take a look at our website or drop us a line on either 07818 431902 or 07771 520515.

Really Wild Education
Kim Biddulph
Mesolithic to Iron Age workshops in schools

I run Hunter-gatherer to Farmer, Bronze Age Religion and Iron Age Culture workshops in schools.

Schools Prehistory and Archaeology
Jane Brayne
Archer, Journey to Stonehenge is a 32 page comic-strip adventure story for older children about the Amesbury Archer who travelled to Britain at the end of the Neolithic, c. 2300 BC. Follow the link to read Schools Prehistory's book review. Author and illustrator Jane Brayne (Meet the Ancestors BBC 2) researched the period with support from eminent prehistorians. Her book is a page turner, immersing the reader in the young archer’s world. In Jane's workshops discover how to piece together a story from ancient objects – gold and copper, stone and bone.

In the Archer’s grave, excavated near Stonehenge, lay the earliest metal artefacts found in Britain – gold hair rings and copper daggers. He was one of the Beaker People. In his head and hands he carried magical knowledge of metalwork. What made him set out from the mountains of central Europe, risking wild animals and hostile tribes to cross the sea in a small boat?
Jane’s workshops will illustrate many of the questions she explored and some of the answers she discovered. Participants will be encouraged to think of questions of their own and to discuss the differences between their lives and those of girls and boys in a pre-literate, male-dominated, status-conscious warrior society (!). They will be given resources to make drawings and /or write about the Archer and his sister, the Beaker People, their homes, the animals they farmed and hunted, their clothes and kit, what they believed and more.
Jane is an experienced teacher of drawing. As an illustrator she collaborates with archaeologists to interpret their findings and ideas for books, museums and the media. Her involvement in prehistory began long ago when she worked as a digger and draftswoman on the Stonehenge Environs Project. She made the original image of the Amesbury Archer which was published worldwide and is displayed in the British Museum.

Small Boat Books/Combined Braynes
Sarah Doherty

Pottery, Egyptology

http://www.cf.ac.uk/
Cardiff University
Ray Karl

Late Bronze Age to Early Medieval, social archaeology, archaeological techniques.

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/
Bangor University
Sally Pointer & Gareth Riseborough

Artefact handling, everyday life with a strong focus on craft skills from the Neolithic to Iron Age

http://sallypointer.com/
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Vanessa Bunton

Workshops on prehistory, Vikings and the Maya

Erin Lloyd Jones
Archaeologist and hillforts expert

Expertise in hillforts, Wales, 'The Celts' and public engagement, visitor attractions, interpretation, learning & education

Graham Taylor

Neolithic & Bronze-Age pottery replicas, workshops & handling collection

Potted History
Sophie Smith

Prehistoric objects (Palaeolithic to Iron Age) to loan, sessions for schools and supervised trips to sites in the Surrey area

Farnham Maltings Museum
Tony Whiteacre

Stone Age to Iron Age, Vikings, flint knapping

Schools History
Katy Bell

Mesolithic to Neolithic transition

University of Winchester
Sarah May

Stone Age to Iron Age, acoustics in archaeological sites

Heritage for Transformation
Claire Bradshaw

Prehistoric objects, local sites, using aerial photographs, West African prehistory.

Norfolk Historic Environment Service
Debbie Frearson

Deliver a range of experiential lessons from Stone Age to Iron Age, including mapping, death and burial and computer programming.

University of Leicester
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University of Leicester
Stacy Hackner

Egyptology, human remains

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/
University College London
Gillian Hovell

Stone Age to Iron Age and beyond to Romans, how archaeology works

The Muddy Archaeologist
Kezia Evans

Object handling sessions and test-pit digging in schools

http://digventures.com/
DigVentures
Imogen and Trevor Ashwin

Barrows, henges, hillforts

World Tree
Sophia Adams

Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age sites and finds

http://www.le.ac.uk/
University of Leicester
Paul Gething

Mesolithic to Iron Age, has directed excavations

Bradford Kaims Wetlands Project
Ges Moody

Real and replica prehistoric artefacts

Thanet Archaeology
Philippa Cockburn

Bronze Age rock art, Mesolithic houses, prehistoric archaeology

Archaeological Research Services Ltd
Kev Cale

Archaeological techniques, archaeology of Yorkshire

Community Archaeology Ltd
Kezia Evans

Object handling sessions and test-pit digging in schools

http://digventures.com/
DigVentures
Anastasia Tsaliki-Taylor

Transition to the Neolithic, human remains

Funerary and Biological Archaeology
Gripping History
Offers full day for key stage 2. Workshops and hands on experience.

A typical day caters for upto 4 classes. We start altogether with a walk through timeline travelling back to the beginnings of human history in Britain. The children dress up as ancestors from the stone, copper, bronze and iron ages. The children then work in class groups on activities such as grinding corn, investigating houses, handling replica objects and hunting for mammoths. We then gather together fir a review of life and death through prehistory. See the website for more information.

Gripping History
James Cole

Human Evolution and Palaeolithic Archaeology

University of Brighton
Nicola Whittington
Object handling and archaeology workshops for KS2.

Object handling sessions with high quality replicas.
Opportunities to try real archaeological techniques, such as sieving for ecofacts and drawing with a planning frame.
Covering British archaeology Neolithic - Viking + Ancient Egypt

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Dragon Archaeology
Hannah Potter

Loan boxes, teacher training workshops, identification of local archaeological sites and additional support on the archaeology of Surrey from Prehistory to modern times.

Surrey County Archaeological Unit - Surrey County Council
William Aers
History workshops for schools and SEN groups www.history4homes.com

I run a social enterprise which specialises in providing Historical lectures and workshops for nursing homes, schools and special needs groups. I cover the Stone Age, Dinosaurs & Fossils and other historical periods on the school curriculum

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Frederick Foulds

Stone Age, Neanderthals, early hominins, Human evolution and stone tools.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/
Durham University
Alan Slade

Prehistoric stone tools, handling workshops

Graham and Towse Harrison

Stone Age to Iron Age, artefacts, technology

Sun Jester Ltd
Giles Carey
A prehistorian - specialising in kite photography, geophysical survey and using archaeological science and data in the classroom.

Happy to hear from teachers looking to use heritage data and science in the classroom and beyond.

Serena Avery

Stonehenge, Neolithic

Gail Boyle & Jane Hack

Stone Age to Iron Age, handling, visits, sites, artefacts, activities

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
Marion Green

Archaeology and Bronze Age loan resources based on Kent excavations

Canterbury Archaeological Trust
Serena Avery

Stonehenge, Neolithic

Erin Lloyd Jones
Cadw
Tracey Minall

Iron Age pottery, textiles, human remains

Bournemouth University
Elizabeth Foulds

Bronze Age to Iron Age, artefacts and daily life, especially what people wore

https://www.dur.ac.uk/
Durham University
Christine Rawson

Mesolithic to Iron Age, burials and domestic archaeology

Elmet Archaeology
Rob Young

Palaeolithic to Bronze Age Britain

Christian Hoggard

Neanderthals and flint tools

University of Southampton
Paul Wilding

Prehistoric Flint Tools, made, handling, demos and teaching.

Prehistorics
Christian Hoggard

Neanderthals and flint tools

University of Southampton
Richard Grove

Prehistoric landscapes of the south of England and can run field trips

Heritage Field Services
Nick Thorpe

Neolithic to Iron Age Britain

University of Winchester
James Dilley

Stone Age to Iron Age, artefacts, religion

Ancient Craft
Spencer Carter

Lithics, prehistoric technology, Mesolithic archaeology and techniques (teaching collection, activities)

http://timevista.co.uk/
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TimeVista Archaeology
Jan Freedman

Ice Age animals

Plymouth Museum
Erin Lloyd Jones
Cadw
Ray Karl

Late Bronze Age to Early Medieval, social archaeology, archaeological techniques.

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/
Bangor University
Samuel Griffiths
Prehistoric archaeologist

Prehistory of Britain and northern Europe. Run sessions, with various age groups, on our earliest ancestors, lithics, artefact handling, field archaeology and recording as well as local field trips.

University of Southampton
Catherine Parker Heath

Archaeological workshops, site visits, outreach for Arbor Low Environs Project, advice about sites in and around the Peak District

Enrichment Through Archaeology
Philippa Cockburn

Bronze Age rock art, Mesolithic houses, prehistoric archaeology

Archaeological Research Services Ltd
Pippa Smith

Archaeozoology, archaeology and heritage education

Handling the Past
Krissy Moore

Archaeology workshops, lead excursions to visit archaeological sites in the Park and offer advice on resources and experts on the Park.

Northumberland National Park
Paul Cawsey

Neolithic to Iron Age and hands on small finds handling

Cliffe at Hoo Historical and Archaeological Society
James Cole

Human Evolution and Palaeolithic Archaeology

University of Brighton