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


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.

William Aers
History workshops for schools and SEN groups

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

Philippa Cockburn

Bronze Age rock art, Mesolithic houses, prehistoric archaeology

Archaeological Research Services Ltd
Serena Avery

Stonehenge, Neolithic

Kezia Evans

Object handling sessions and test-pit digging in schools
Sarah May

Stone Age to Iron Age, acoustics in archaeological sites

Heritage for Transformation
Graham Taylor

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

Potted History
Frederick Foulds

Stone Age, Neanderthals, early hominins, Human evolution and stone tools.
Durham University
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
Katy Bell

Mesolithic to Neolithic transition

University of Winchester
Serena Avery

Stonehenge, Neolithic

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
Paul Gething

Mesolithic to Iron Age, has directed excavations

Bradford Kaims Wetlands Project
Erin Lloyd Jones
Richard Grove

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

Heritage Field Services
Sophia Adams

Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age sites and finds
University of Leicester
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
Emilie Sibbesson
Specialist in prehistoric food, origins of farming, pottery

Please visit out webpage for a tailor-made, free of charge teacher's resource on Stone Age to Iron Age for KS2, with lesson plans, glossary, fact sheets and more. Topics covered include, for example, human evolution, food in prehistory, art, and technology.


Canterbury Christ Church University
Marion Green

Archaeology and Bronze Age loan resources based on Kent excavations

Canterbury Archaeological Trust
Kezia Evans

Object handling sessions and test-pit digging in schools
Nick Thorpe

Neolithic to Iron Age Britain

University of Winchester
Philippa Cockburn

Bronze Age rock art, Mesolithic houses, prehistoric archaeology

Archaeological Research Services Ltd
Spencer Carter

Lithics, prehistoric technology, Mesolithic archaeology and techniques (teaching collection, activities)
TimeVista Archaeology
Kev Cale

Archaeological techniques, archaeology of Yorkshire

Community Archaeology Ltd
Paul Wilding

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

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
James Cole

Human Evolution and Palaeolithic Archaeology

University of Brighton
Erin Lloyd Jones
Christine Rawson

Mesolithic to Iron Age, burials and domestic archaeology

Elmet Archaeology
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
Tracey Minall

Iron Age pottery, textiles, human remains

Bournemouth University
James Dilley
Expert in prehistoric technology and archaeology. One of the UK's most well known providers in prehistoric living history, accurate artefact replicas, consultation to museums, TV and media.

Ancient Craft, setup and run by James Dilley is dedicated to the archaeology of primitive crafts and technologies that encompass three prehistoric ages: STONE; BRONZE and IRON. This includes working with natural materials like flint, wood, bone, leather, ceramics, metals, fibres and wools. My outreach objective is to encourage people of all ages to learn about long-lost crafts by bringing back to life our ancestors skills and knowledge from the primitive past.
A PhD student at the University of Southampton, James is a craftsman and re-enactor who specialises in all prehistoric technologies. Working with museums (British Museum, Stonehenge, Pitt Rivers museum), heritage centres and media (Time Team; Coast; National Geographic; The Great British Countryside), publishers (Dorling Kindersley, New Scientist), photographers, schools and geologists in research and experimental archaeology.

Ancient Craft
Gillian Hovell

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

The Muddy Archaeologist
Graham and Towse Harrison

Stone Age to Iron Age, artefacts, technology

Sun Jester Ltd
Ray Karl

Late Bronze Age to Early Medieval, social archaeology, archaeological techniques.
Bangor University
Erin Lloyd Jones
Archaeologist and hillforts expert

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

Paul Cawsey

Neolithic to Iron Age and hands on small finds handling

Cliffe at Hoo Historical and Archaeological Society
Gail Boyle & Jane Hack

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

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
Anastasia Tsaliki-Taylor

Transition to the Neolithic, human remains

Funerary and Biological Archaeology
Rob Young

Palaeolithic to Bronze Age Britain

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
James Cole

Human Evolution and Palaeolithic Archaeology

University of Brighton

Discover the world famous Stonehenge which has inspired people for thousands of years. Highlights include the 360 degree audio-visual experience from inside
the stone circle and our reconstructed Neolithic Houses. Our expert led Discovery Visits are available for KS1-KS5, £100 for up to 30 students.

English Heritage Trust
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.

Vanessa Bunton

Workshops on prehistory, Vikings and the Maya

Claire Bradshaw

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

Norfolk Historic Environment Service
Ray Karl

Late Bronze Age to Early Medieval, social archaeology, archaeological techniques.
Bangor University
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
Dr John Hill
I provide a full programme of training and classroom visits for KS2 Stone Age to Iron Age

I am an archaeologist. I also lecture at University of Liverpool. My area of expertise is the British Stone Age. I have designed a number of support packages to help Y3 history teachers deliver stone age to iron age to Y3 pupils.

Alan Slade

Prehistoric stone tools, handling workshops

Sarah Doherty

Pottery, Egyptology
Cardiff University
Jan Freedman

Ice Age animals

Plymouth Museum
Imogen and Trevor Ashwin

Barrows, henges, hillforts

World Tree
Katrina Matty
VR and hands-on activity workshops lead by specialists in the Stone Age, Romans, Mayans, ancient Greece and ancient Egypt.

Everything we do is knowledgeable and hands on, Try our VR headsets and explore a Roundhouse, build an aqueduct, try spinning wool, grinding flour on a rotary quern, an artefact dig, wattle and daub, and so much more. All of the artefacts we use are not just for handling but using. see our facebook page.

Widget Workshops
Sally Pointer & Gareth Riseborough

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

Stone Age to Iron Age, Vikings, flint knapping

Schools History
Ges Moody

Real and replica prehistoric artefacts

Thanet Archaeology
Pippa Smith

Archaeozoology, archaeology and heritage education

Handling the Past
Christian Hoggard

Neanderthals and flint tools

University of Southampton
Christian Hoggard

Neanderthals and flint tools

University of Southampton
Debbie Frearson

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

Elizabeth Foulds

Bronze Age to Iron Age, artefacts and daily life, especially what people wore
Durham University
Stacy Hackner

Egyptology, human remains
University College London