Outreach, Workshops and Free Stuff

HistFest is passionate about engaging new audiences in history and will be partnering with heritage experts, historians and educators to bring a series of special classes to local schools and youth groups from December 2018 to February 2019. Additionally, in keeping with our ethos of building collaborative partnerships between historical disciplines, we are also running a couple of key workshops.



This 30-minute workshop will offer a potted history of the medicine and public health - from anatomy and the four humours to surgery and penicillin. The talk will include practical demonstrations – such as the ingredients used to cure plague and early ideas about fitness – and focus on key case studies, such as smallpox and vaccinations, early surgery and germs, and ideas about animal--human blood transfusions. It is designed to give students a dose of historical background to help them better understand contemporary medicine and healthcare.

Suitable for ages 7–12. 

These talks will be taking place within St John’s Ambulance youth groups, but they are also available for schools. Please get in touch if you would like to book a FREE session. They will be running from December to February and will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Please register your interest here if you would like to book a FREE session. 


The Future of History: Making the Discipline More Inclusive

Royal Historical Society

A Royal Historical Society workshop led by Dr Jonathan Saha

This free interactive workshop will build upon themes discussed during The State of History panel*. Key areas to be explored:

The workshop is open to all, and we particularly encourage students, academics, history teachers, museum and heritage professionals, authors and public historians to attend.

*Attendance at The State of History panel event is not required, a summary about the key discussion points will be provided at the beginning of the workshop.

Dr Jonathan Saha is Associate Professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Leeds, specialising in the history of colonial Burma. He has published a book on corruption in the colony, and a range of articles on subjects including medicine, crime and elephants. He is a co-author of the Royal Historical Society's report Race, Ethnicity and Equality in UK History and co-chair of the Race, Ethnicity and Equality Working Group.

Please register your wish to attend here.

Museum of the Order of St John - CURATOR TOURS

The Crypt at Museum of the Order of St John

Special curator tours will take place at the Museum of the Order of St John each day of the festival. They are FREE to attend but limited in number so please register if you wish to attend.


Join the Museum’s Director to learn more about this rare Norman treasure in the heart of London.

11.30am: Friday 7th Dec, Saturday 8th Dec and Sunday 9th Dec.

Tickets are free, but places must be reserved here.


Join the Museum’s Director on a gallery tour to discover the stories behind their favourite objects.

2.30pm: Friday 7th Dec, Saturday 8th Dec and Sunday 9th Dec.

Tickets are free, but places must be reserved here.


Join the Museum’s Director to have a closer look at the beautiful historic interiors of St John’s Gate, the ancient home of the Order of St John.

1pm and 4pm: Friday 7th Dec, Saturday 8th Dec and Sunday 9th Dec.

Tickets are free, but places must be reserved here.