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Past Pleasures’ Education Department works closely with schools, museums, galleries and heritage sites to design and deliver learning sessions that follow National Curriculum learning objectives, supporting teaching and learning to excite and engage people of all ages.

Working closely with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), 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, supplying a range of sessions to support HRP’s Learning and Engagement Department, covering education for visitors aged 0 to 99. In addition to HRP, other organisations we have developed sessions for include the Houses Of Parliament, the Museum of London, English Heritage at Dover Castle and Kenwood House.

Our team includes qualified teachers, academics in the field of Museum Education and specialist TIE actors who offer a wide spectrum of expertise 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 were thrilled to be involved in Tudors on Tour, HRP’s hugely successful education event in May 2015 that took King Henry VIII and his court to Tatton Park in Cheshire – bringing the excitement of learning about the Tudors to audiences further afield. Over 10,000 people attended the site and were engaged by our enthusiastic team of performers, educators and interpreters. This event built on the successful Tudors at the Tower Event of 2014 (repeated in 2015) when Past Pleasures provided King Henry and Queen Anne Boleyn at the very location the ill-fated Queen departed from for her coronation.

Throughout 2015 the Past Pleasures Education department has been heavily involved with the celebrations for Hampton Court 500 providing a range of characters for learners taking part in the Movie Maker Mission project in conjunction with Aardman animations. Past Pleasures presenters have been instrumental in inspiring participants with the colourful stories of the Palace, to produce a truly wonderful animated history of Hampton Court Palace. Another aspect of the Hampton Court Palace celebrations has been the 'Timequake' Event, a learning initiative where young learners were sent on a mission through Hampton Court to meet historical characters let loose as the result of time rift, a successful collaboration between PP and digital learning.




Leather working with children


Demonstrating leather working with enthusiastic children




Winning a Museum & Heritage award for Educational Initiative



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