Preparation for the trip
- Read the ‘Top Story’ and ‘Curious Discovery’ sections of the place you want to visit. That way you have a jumping-off place for your explorations.
- You might also want to download a copy of the Periods in History sheet, to give you a sense of when things in history, well, were!
- A lot of historical places can cover big areas of land and can have uneven surfaces so make sure you wear something comfortable and sturdy on your feet. If you have special access requirements, check on the location’s website or contact them before you go.
- Although you won’t be able to eat or drink inside many historical places, make sure you have some water and a few snacks with you. There’s nothing worse than having to cut a trip short because you’ve run out of energy.
- Many historical places these days have activities, or even activity bags, for young people to use whilst you’re on site. But why not make your own history explorers backpack? That way, you’ll always have activities with you, even if the site doesn’t. You can really make your explorers backpack unique to you by packing the activities you like doing.
- Make use of on-site activities for kids. There may be games to play, things to touch, or worksheets to complete. They’re a great way of getting more out of the historical place.
- The most important thing to take with you? Your curiosity and sense of adventure!
Other things to consider
- When you’re at a historical place, remember to always be safe and stay near your adult.
- Observe and respect the rules. This usually means not touching stuff (unless they say it’s ok), not climbing on things, no eating or drinking, and no flash photography. Obviously, everywhere will be different, so be sure to ask a member of staff and read any notices.
- Make use of the staff! They’re there to help and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Your adults also have their own guide to accompanying you to a historical place.