Living History and the Courts (KS2)

Living History and the Courts is a full day school visit to the People’s History Museum in Manchester and Manchester Crown Court.

KS2 morning sessions available at the People’s History Museum:

Living History: Peterloo This session introduces various characters before, during and after the demonstration in St Peter’s Field in August 1819 and tells the story of the Peterloo Massacre from different angles.

Living History: Strike A Light! – A Match Girl’s Story Meet Maggie McCallow, a Victorian match girl involved in the match factory strike of 1888 and find out how she campaigned for better rights for workers.

Living History: Moving Stories – Migration & Identity Meet Anita Sharma at school in Manchester as she describes her summer holiday trip to Bombay with her parents who were born there. Follow her journey to adulthood as she explores her identity.

Living History: No Bed of Roses – From the Caribbean to Manchester Meet Gabrielle and help with her life-changing decision to move from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s.

In the afternoon, students will visit Manchester Crown Court to learn more about law and justice and to create, prepare and present a trial. Both historical and contemporary courtroom workshop topics are available for KS2 groups to choose from. Schools can select a topic from the following:

Contemporary Trials



Historical Trials

Victorian Children

Peterloo riots

Curriculum Links: History, Drama, English, Citizenship, SMSC & PSHE

Duration:  5 hours, 10am – 3pm

Cost: £11 per student

Location: The People’s History Museum and the Crown Court in Manchester

Booking & Enquiries

To book or to find out more, fill out an enquiry form, email or call 0115 993 9811

Full details, including teachers notes for the Living History workshops, can be found following this link: