Explore the Saxon world by looking at costume. Handle artefacts and have a go at solving a Saxon riddle. Have fun deciding which trial by ordeal to give your classmate!

This 2hr session will begin with a look at how Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms were organised. The class will be split up into groups in order to learn about the hierarchical class structure.

The class will work in groups, handling and discussing artefacts. Through being a ‘time detective’, pupils will  gain an understanding of Anglo-Saxon life.

Pupils will be selected to wear costume so that the class can learn about how clothes were resourced, who made them and how they were made. 

Pupils will have fun trying to solve an Anglo-Saxon riddle then decide on a punishment for a class member through discussion of the ‘trial by ordeal’ system. We promise not to really carry out the selected punishment!

The workshop will focus on

  • How looking at costume can teach us about what Saxons used to make and dye clothes
  • Saxons punishment systems
  • Why people built houses near to rivers and woods, and how Saxons obtained food sources
  • Saxons riddles

“Wonderful workshop. We have booked this 3 years running. Del is always really enthusiastic and engages the children brilliantly with real and replica artefacts. The children love to dress up and solve the Saxon riddle.”

Elizabeth Roath  St Edward’s Roman Catholic School  Darwen


“What a fabulous workshop for our Y4 children! History was really brought to life and lots of discussion was encouraged and shared. The children really enjoyed the workshop and I would thoroughly recommend!”

Mrs Dickson  St Catherine’s C of E Primary School  Horwich


“Very easy to book, great communication. The workshop was very informative, tasks were interesting and gave good facts. Tasks also moved on in good time, enough to keep the children on task and interested.”

Rebecca Woodward  Johnson Fold Community Primary School  Bolton


For a full day experience Anglo-Saxons can be combined with our Vikings workshop. Pupils will compare both groups of invaders and look at differences and similarities.