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Passport to the Past: Stories from the Big House

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Free of charge
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Gloucestershire has many grand historical houses, where rich and powerful families have lived for generations, often being looked after by servants who lived there too. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a grand house? Filled with drama and story telling - this Passport to the Past event sees us  bring to life some of the people who might have lived at Dodington Park – an enormous stately home in South Gloucestershire – over the last 300 years or so. 

Mixing historical records with a sprinkling of imagination, we bring you their stories. Along the way we’ll find out about how some of the money needed to build and care for such a huge and spectacular  house was made and lost.  

In this energy filled session we will all create a story together at the end – so we’ll be needing you to bring your imagination too. Make sure you are ready by coming in fancy dress (not essential - but fun!) - which character might you choose?  Will you be part of the owner’s family, or one of the servants? 

Passport to the Past are interactive Zoom sessions where you’ll meet other people, hear from experts and enjoy fun activities you can either do during the club, or in your own time afterwards.

If you are aged 6–13 and enjoy history and what it can tell us about today’s world, don’t miss this monthly online after school club! You’ll meet, talk to, and have lots of real time fun as experienced session leaders from Gloucestershire Archives as they lead you on an hour-long adventure into the past.

For every monthly Passport event, we create new resources which can be used during the session. These will appear on the Passport to the Past: fun activities and resources for families and schools page at least 48 hours before each event takes place giving you time to print them off. This link will also be sent to you a couple of days before the event takes place.

If you aren’t able to print off the pages for the session, please don’t worry! We will display the pages on the screen during the event and all your child will need is a couple of pages of blank paper and a pen or pencil.

Please note that there are other pages listed as downloads which you can also print and enjoy in your own time if you want to do so.


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