Remembering our good friend, Jenny

History Van founder, and well known local historian, Jenny Bland, passed away on June 12th 2020. Please click here to read a little more about this amazing lady.

Click here for a short video giving you an update on how I can adapt my workshops to fit with your social distancing requirements.

History Van Workshop Update

Unfortunately, all workshops from The History Van are currently suspended. When there is more information about when schools can re-open, you can bet that I will be revving the engine to get back out to you again.


So please GET IN TOUCH to reserve your day.

Things to look out for!

History Van at Home

While I cannot come out to you, I am keen to help you with your History learning at home. I am sending out a weekly newsletter with lots of activities and further ideas and resources for you to use. There will be a different period each week. You can find more details here. Futher online resources can be found here.

VE Day at Home Celebration

This section of my website is now LIVE! Lots of ideas and resources, collected into one place to help you plan and prepare for your celebration at Home. Some lovely ways of connecting with your community whilst staying safe at home. Go to this page here for access to all the resources.

Workshops. Made by a teacher for teachers and their students.

No coaches. No entrance fees. The museum comes to you. A Van full of artefacts and ready made hands-on activities to help your students immerse themselves in the past. Using local history where possible, transport yourselves back in time and learn how people lived their lives in a range of workshops covering The Stone Age to The Moon Landings. Bespoke workshops can be developed in conjunction with you to help mark special occasions and community events. See our workshops page for more details.


It was a great way for all the children to explore a range of resources and artefacts. The tasks were engaging and memorable. The particularly enjoyed creating battle formations using the shields. Everyone got involved!

Roman Workshop

It included a variety of information in a fun way. The children thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ancient Greece

Really engaging for the children and gave them first hand experiences.

Castles & Vikings Joint Workshop

Many different, engaging activities which brought aspects of life (in Sheffield) in the war to life for the children.

Second World War

Interactive activities. Children being able to handle and use wide variety of artefacts.

Anglo Saxon

To enquire about a workshop or receive a quote, please email thehistoryvan@gmail.com.

About Us

The History Van is based in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

Run by experienced HIstory teacher, Kathryn, it provides a hands-on History experience to promote learning and fun.


Kathryn Parkin, The History Van, thehistoryvan@gmail.com, 07585 802 915