Hands on the Past was formed in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Its mostly Norfolk based presenters have become well travelled in this time and are as focused on education with a fun element as they were when they first set up all those years ago.

At its head, Mandy London works tirelessly to create imaginative events for school children of all ages and ability levels.

- Hands on the Past firmly believe that learning and understanding is best enhanced by "doing" and all of our presentations encourage the participants to be fully involved in all of the activities on offer. This could be handling artefacts, comparing and trying on costume, dancing or writing to name just a few of the activities on offer.

We remain ever vigilant on health and safety issues and our risk assessment policy has meant that we have managed to achieve this participation, whilst ensuring the safety of all of our visitors and presenters.

We are now able to offer Living History presentations across a very wide time span and are always happy to discuss individual requirements.

- A key feature of our work is that we always link the presentation to the property or place to ensure a local connection.

- Our presentations for the National Trust at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk and Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire as well as at Hedingham Castle in Essex are all closely linked to the fascinating history of each of the properties and these large scale presentations have become very popular with many schools returning each year.

As well as being relevant to the site our Living History for Schools work has always had the requirements of the National Curriculum at its heart and we have remained sensitive to changes to the curriculum and the needs of all of the participants in our activities.

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