Tribes and Tides: A voyage through prehistory KS2

We are looking for schools to trial our new prehistory programme in January 2018 at the Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe) and at the House Mill (Bromley by Bow).  Trial programmes will be at a reduced price in exchange for feedback. Maximum class size is 30 pupils and 1 class per school. Places are limited, to discuss dates and details please email

Our prehistory course is run at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe and at the House Mill on the River Lea. The programme provides pupils with an opportunity to observe the local environment and discover the local history of the river and how it links to a wider historical context.

Session 1

Roleplay throughout the day will involve pupils working in ‘tribes’ to discover what the local area was like from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Fieldwork on the foreshore at the Brunel Museum and on the riverside at the House Mill involves collecting and identifying objects to distinguish between different materials, providing an insight into how London’s rivers where used and the complexity of people’s lives during prehistoric times. Creative arts help pupils to gain an understanding into tribal life, societies and relationships between different groups and make comparisons between modern day.

Session 2

An overview of prehistory, river settlement and archaeology will enable pupils to develop key vocabulary and chronological understanding. Hands-on classroom activities will enable pupils to gain historical perspective using a range of resources including maps, pictures and objects.


The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe and the House Mill on the River Lea


Full day programme only.

Learning Objective

Please send us your learning objectives in advance of your trip so we can tailor the programme to your requirements.

Please help us preserve London’s heritage by not taking artefacts from the foreshore

Please read our artefact policy