Past Pleasures’ Education Department works closely with schools, museums, galleries and heritage sites to design and deliver learning that caters for everyone, be it formal learning supporting the National Curriculum, online presentations for mature learners, or profound SEND students, our highly skilled educators are able to tailor their delivery to enthuse and excite all ages.
Our largest partner is Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), to whom we provide educators across four of their sites (including HM Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace) every day during term time. We deliver a wide-ranging programme of education sessions for all school Key Stages & SEND groups to support HRP’s Learning & Engagement Department, covering educational needs for visitors aged 0 to 99. In addition to HRP, other organisations we are developing and delivering sessions for include the Natural History Museum, Houses Of Parliament, the Museum of London, English Heritage at Dover Castle and Kenwood House.
Our team of around thirty presenters includes qualified teachers, academics in the field of Museum Education, experienced TIE actors and trained SEND specialists, who offer a wide spectrum of skills to support existing programmes of study. A presenter, in or out of costume, can lead sessions - in first or third person - in an array of presentation styles, be it an interactive tour, storytelling, drama, object handling, lecturing, or an immersive experience, whatever your needs we can create a bespoke session or event.
Recent Past Pleasures Events:
We are thrilled to announce that after a lengthy tender process, Past Pleasures Ltd has been selected to provide Gallery Characters for the Natural History Museum, beginning with Mary Anning the Palaeontologist, and Alfred Wallace, a contemporary of Charles Darwin. Working closely with the NHM, PP is building its STEAM credentials, providing new skills and knowledge for our presenters, and a fresh perspective for our client, look out for us in the splendid new Hintze Hall!
Over the past eighteen months PP has been developing a specialist SEND team to deliver a new programme initiated by Historic Royal Palaces, consisting of tailored sessions for those with slight or profound learning difficulties. The Palaces, as can be imagined, are a daunting prospect for many with SEND, low lighting and accessibility issues can make visiting an overwhelming experience for students and teachers alike, so a trained squad of presenters now deliver sessions designed to unlock the Palaces and their stories using a range of sensory activities. Feedback has been amazing, students have responded enthusiastically, and we hope to bring our skills to other organisations in the near future, just ask!
In addition to developing STEAM sessions at the NHM, Kensington Palace is welcoming Isaac Newton to a Salon organised by the Palace resident, Queen Caroline over October half-term '17, concerning prisms and optics, another new area for PP to develop its expertise and give a cross-curricular experience, bringing science and its historical advocates into the very settings where these discoveries were demonstrated for the first time.
Whilst looking into new areas, PP also continues to support its clients within a more traditional remit. Here is a sample of the many projects we have been involved in:
In August '17 King Henry VIII and his court went on progress to Camp Bestival at Lulworth for the second year running, providing entertainment for families including dancing, music, how to build a castle with people, and The Great Tudor Bake-Off!
Radio listeners may have heard various characters from the history of the Tower of London on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show in June, where PP was present at the awards of the 500 words writing competition, sharing some of the more obscure facts connected with fortress.
In May '17, PP was in full force providing the Royal element for the HRP Tower of London event, 'Go Medieval!' in the castle moat, presenting the young court of Henry VI and his new Queen, Margaret of Anjou, again presenting a range of fact-filled fun activities for all the family.
Learning, of course, is at the heart of all we do and we look forward to delighting learners of all ages throughout 2018 and beyond!