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04/09/2022

JOHN COAD

Redcoat - Rebel - Traitor - Survivor

This week's video will be about one of the most famous of the Duke of Monmouths rebels - John Coad.

Coad was a member of the Somerset Militia who changed sides at Axminster. Grievously wounded at Philips Norton he was eventually brought before Judge Jeffreys.

Despite being a turncoat and imprisoned for treason he escaped ex*****on.

Part one will be out this week!

26/08/2022

THE SCYTHE OF THE MONMOUTH REBELLION

I'll be reenacting the Monmouth Rebellion this weekend with the Taunton Garrison at Glastonbury Abbey.

I thought it would be an appropriate time to do a video on the weapon that terrified Monmouth's royal opponents.

Out soon!

20/08/2022

CALTROPS

This week's video will be on the use of the caltrop through history.

Make sure you have something on your feet ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Elizabeth's Tide Letter - would it save her from the axe? 15/08/2022

Elizabeth's Tide Letter - would it save her from the axe?

Queen Elizabeth I is now seen as the great Gloriana. A queen who has had an entire era named after her, and reigned during: the Spanish Armada, Drake's circumnavigation of the globe and the writing of Shakespeare.

Yet during her half-sister's reign (Mary I) not only was she imprisoned in the Tower of London on suspicion of treason, she was also days, if not hours away from the ex*****oner's axe.

How did she escape the grisly end of her mother Anne Boleyn?

Let's have a look!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylMMKx8i4RQ&t=31s

Elizabeth's Tide Letter - would it save her from the axe? Queen Elizabeth I is now seen as the great Gloriana. A queen who has had an entire era named after her, and reigned during: the Spanish Armada, Drake's circu...

14/08/2022

ELIZABETH'S TIDE LETTER

This week's video will see us return to the turbulent Tudor times of the 16th century.

On her way to being imprisoned in the Tower of London, Elizabeth wrote to her half-sister Queen Mary.

Did this letter save her neck from the ex*****oner's axe?

Out this week!

10/08/2022

Aren't Colyton Primary School lucky to have such an awesome mural in their playground!?

With Chalky doing a morning talk on the Monmouth Rebellion before the Taunton Garrison helped the town with the rebellion celebrations the next day.

The Girona & the Spanish Armada 07/08/2022

The Girona & the Spanish Armada

The Spanish Armada foundered on the rocky coasts of Scotland and Ireland. One of the ships to be wrecked was the Neapolitan galleass, the Girona.

Having taken on the crew of other shipwrecked vessels, the Girona sank with over 1,300 people on board.

Only 9 men survived.

https://youtu.be/F7FFpZRo7Bw

The Girona & the Spanish Armada The Spanish Armada saw the destruction of approximately 60 Spanish ships and nearly 15,000 men. But the vast majority of the Spanish losses were not inflicte...

03/08/2022

The sinking of the Girona

COMING THIS WEEK

The harrowing loss of the Spanish galleass, the Girona. The ship, her crew and commander Alonso de Leyva had survived: battle, fireships and storms. Yet they finally foundered at Lacada Point on the Irish coast.



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Charles I raises his standard Nottingham 1642 02/08/2022

Charles I raises his standard Nottingham 1642

The English Civil War started in 1642. The phrase, 'Charles I raised his standard at Nottingham and so began the war,' is often used.

But who was there? What actually happened? Was the raising of the standard greeted by crowds of cheering supporters?

Let's take a look!



https://youtu.be/FsMZ-o83mhk

Charles I raises his standard Nottingham 1642 Charles I raised his standard against parliament at Nottingham in 1642. But what actually happened? Who was there? What did the standard look like? Did the r...

The Lobsters of the English Civil War 31/07/2022

The Lobsters of the English Civil War

LOBSTERS IN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR

It wasn't only dashing, long-haired cavaliers with big floppy hats and buff-coat wearing roundheads riding around on horses.

Parliament's forces differed from the royalist armies in one major respect. Parliament had heavy cavalry. And not just any cavalry.

Cuirassiers.

Men in full plate armour from head to knee.

Were they successful?

Would they go on for decades as a successful cavalry type?

Let's take a look!



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LOBSTERS IN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR

It wasn't only dashing, long-haired cavaliers with big floppy hats and buff-coat wearing roundheads riding around on horses.

Parliament's forces differed from the royalist armies in one major respect. Parliament had heavy cavalry. And not just any cavalry.

Cuirassiers.

Men in full plate armour from head to knee.

Were they successful?

Would they go on for decades as a successful cavalry type?

Let's take a look!



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https://youtu.be/0aMJLcn3JeU

The Lobsters of the English Civil War The English Civil War saw the last heavy cavalry to be fully armoured. Sir Arthur Haselrig (spelt a variety of ways) a staunch parliamentarian developed and ...

26/07/2022

What we made on our blacksmithing day.

May not look much - but it's extremely hard work!

And HOT!! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Photos from History Workshops's post 25/07/2022

What a great day at Little Woodham 17th century Village in Gosport!

Learning the, 'very basics,' of blacksmithing with David our very patient tutor and some sweaty and grubby guys from the Taunton Garrison!

23/07/2022

ADD COLOUR TO YOUR CLASSROOM

At History Workshops, our mission is to add passion and life to your history lessons.

We can offer days covering the following periods and events:

Elizabethan
The Spanish Armada
The English Civil War
The Monmouth Rebellion
The Battle of Sedgemoor
The Bloody Assizes
The First World War

Fully equipped - fully insured - interactive - cross curricular - followup work - classroom projects

For more details, please visit our website at www.historyworkshops.org, message us here or at [email protected]

17/07/2022

It's ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿฅต โ˜€๏ธ isn't it!

But to think, many royalist soldiers who fought at Sedgemoor in 1685 had also campaigned in Tangiers (modern day Morocco!)

Imagine the heat we are experiencing now, add 10 degrees on top and clothe yourself in a few layers of wool!

Now fight a battle against the local Moors who want to kill you!

12/07/2022

Even the officer has to have fun ๐Ÿ˜

Photo by

11/07/2022

With Seren and the Taunton Garrison in Colyton.

The Monmouth Rebellion Day was a huge success...but slightly hot!!

07/07/2022

Already for tomorrow's school visit with the Taunton Garrison.

A morning of the Monmouth Rebellion at Colyton Primary School ๐Ÿ˜

07/07/2022

Dad actually making daughter laugh ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜…

With the Taunton Garrison at Dunster Castle

05/07/2022

Always great to get a write-up like this!

02/07/2022

FIRST WORLD WAR DAY

A smashing day at Allhallows School!

Remember, we are still running a 25% discount on our First World War days if booked before the end of term.

To book up or get information on any of our other days, please message us here, or email [email protected] or visit historyworkshops.org

01/07/2022

106 years ago today...thousands of British, Commonwealth and French soldiers got up out of their trenches. They walked across No Man's Land with rifle and full pack into the teeth of German machine gun fire.

A generation was lost on the first day of the Somme. Nearly 60,000 allied casualties.

Please, please take a moment today to stop and remember these men. They deserve that at the very least.

On that day, the Newfoundland Regiment attacked the German lines. Out of an attacking force of 801 men...only 68 returned.

As the famous historian Richard Holmes once said of the Great War's Tommy..."The very least of them is more of a man than I could ever be."

We WILL remember them ๐Ÿ˜”

01/07/2022

THE MOST REBELLIOUS TOWN

The Taunton Garrison are at Colyton on Saturday 9th July.

During the Monmouth Rebellion, Colyton was the most rebellious town and still takes immense pride in the fact.

For these special rebellion days, the whole town gets involved. There are displays, kids' activities, sketches, weapon displays and finally an always moving drumhead service in the church.

Be great to see you!

28/06/2022

"I've got your back."

At Dunster Castle with the Taunton Garrison.

Photos from History Workshops's post 27/06/2022

SUPER PROUD DAD

Great to be talking to the public last weekend at Dunster Castle with the Taunton Garrison. But even more so, standing next to me is my daughter Seren at her very first event.

Did so well and already acts like a seasoned campaigner!

25/06/2022

Off to Dunster Castle for the weekend with the Taunton Garrison.

Fingers crossed for the weather ๐Ÿ˜ฌโšกโ˜”

24/06/2022

Got to say...legs were a little warm yesterday. And my feet...a tad sore.

But at least no sign of Trench Foot!

23/06/2022

What a great day at a fantastic school!

Lovely to see Mrs B-W again and what a super bunch of children too!

Photos from History Workshops's post 22/06/2022

Lewis gun 99% ready for tomorrow's school workshop!

Might be a 3D print...but looks the business!

The Terrible Trade 21/06/2022

The Terrible Trade

Now creating YouTube content.

This video shows how Elizabeth I's reign was anything but a Golden Age.

Our next video will be how the history of the Spanish Armada nearly got flushed down the loo.

What?!



https://youtu.be/iRvIcGWfML8

The Terrible Trade Elizabeth I's reign has often been termed a, 'Golden Age.' But as we shall see, it was also a dark and evil time for many. The Tudor age was a time of extrem...

20/06/2022

25% off FIRST WORLD WAR WORKSHOPS

Looking to add depth and colour to your history lessons from September?

Get in touch now as bookings are coming in fast!

We are running a 25% SALE from now until the end of the summer term 2022 on our First World War Workshops.

For more details on what we can offer, please visit our website at www.historyworkshops.org

13/06/2022

CALLING ALL SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTHWEST

Do you teach the Monmouth Rebellion?

A rebellion of 1685 that attempted to remove the Catholic James II from the throne. A rebellion that swept across: Devon, Dorset and Somerset and finally met its fate on the fields of Sedgemoor.

This moment in history full of: adventure, conspiracy, heroism and bloodshed.

At History Workshops we bring the Monmouth Rebellion to life, with royalist and rebel uniforms and weapons.

We discuss: the leading characters, the campaign, the weapons, how armies fought, how the wounded were treated and the grim aftermath of the Bloody Assizes.

The day can be full of interactive activities for the children such as: pike drill, colour (flag) design, dress a soldier as well as class display projects!

For more details on a reenactor visit please message us here or at [email protected]

12/06/2022

FIRST WORLD WAR WORKSHOPS

What we can cover:

Causes and descent into war

Recruitment

The early years

The years of endurance

The end and its aftermath

The air war

The naval war

The war in the Middle East

Recruitment

Daily life in the trenches

Training and drill (pupils as well)

Weapons and uniform display and talk

The Battle of the Somme

Mythbusting

The Treaty of Versailles

Alongside all these areas of the Great War we can offer engaging and creative activities for pupils as well as follow-on work and eye catching class display projects.

For more details on what we can offer please message us here or at [email protected]

11/06/2022

ENGLISH CIVIL WAR WORKSHOP

A great morning spent at Wellington School discussing how soldiers fought and died during the Great Rebellion.

Year 8 learnt what it took to be a pikeman, how heavy the armour and helmet was and just how difficult it was to wield a weapon nearly 18 foot long!

After learning how strong and burly the pikemen needed to be, the children were shown the intracies and dangers of being a civil war musketeer. Matchlocks, flintlocks, pistols, blackpowder and musket balls were all on display.

The children then listened to the boom of musket fire across their fields.

To finish each session off, we looked at the different types of cannon ammunition that was used, how it would effect a densely packed unit of men and how the dreaded barber surgeon would attempt to treat them.

A great day with an incredibly interested year group!

Videos (show all)

The sinking of the Girona
THE COLOURSAn ensign (2nd lieutenant these days) during the English Civil War may have been the lowest of officers, but ...
BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE
King Charles I

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