History at Home
We’re still here to help you discover the best stories from England’s past.
On this page we’ve gathered all of our stay-at-home favourites, from videos and podcasts to old-fashioned recipes and historical how-tos.
- Things for Kids to Make and Do
- The English Heritage Podcast
- History from Above
- History in Focus
- Behind the Scenes
- Featured Video Series
Family Fun and Games
Explore history with our crafts, videos and activities
There are plenty of ways to engage the family in discovering our nation's past.
Explore our collection of things to watch, read and make at home, whether it’s building a Victorian toy theatre, colouring in a Roman street scene, designing your own coat of arms, or testing your history knowledge with our range of quizzes.MAKE YOUR OWN VICTORIAN TOY THEATRE
THINGS TO MAKE AND DO
We’ve collected our best ideas for you to get hands-on and crafty with history. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!
Colour In: Christmas Scene
Looking for something to do before the big day? Print out our festive scene and get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints. You can find other scenes from history further down this page.
Possibly the 'Biggest Quiz in History' starts here! Whether just challenging yourself or hosting a virtual quiz with family and friends, we've got your history rounds covered this Christmas.
Christmas Dinners through History
Explore our rundown of festive feasts through history, from prehistoric midwinter feasts and Tudor banquets fit for Henry VIII, to a more modern dinner in the 1930s.
Learn about England’s history and discover more about everyday life in the past, from the rich and famous to the general population, through fun facts, illustrated stories and games.
Travel back in time with our videos and have fun with history. Watch as we interview Henry VIII, put your Roman knowledge to the test with Rattus Rattus, go on an animated journey through the story of England and more.
Tasty Historical Makes and Bakes
Serve up a slice of history with these delicious recipes from the past. Whip up a batch of Mrs Crocombe's favourite Queen Drop Biscuits, bake a medieval pie, watch our interview with a Tudor cook and more.
Learn to Cook the Victorian Way
How to Cook the Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe is the definitive guide to the life, times and tastes of YouTube's favourite Victorian cook.
Alongside specially adapted Victorian recipes and insights into the culinary world of the Victorians, you'll find beautiful photography, social history, and - for the first time - the full manuscript of Mrs Crocombe's handwritten recipe book. An absolute must-have for fans, foodies and anyone with an appetite for the past!BUY THE BOOK
History From Above
See our sites from the skies
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic sites across England, each with their own story to tell. From Castles to Abbeys, monuments to gardens, these sites are even more remarkable when viewed from the air.
Join us as we take to the skies to explore these places from the past from a whole new perspective.WATCH THE PLAYLIST
CARLISLE CASTLE, CUMBRIA
Carlisle Castle is a dominating presence - a fortress with a long and sometimes grim history, standing proud in the city it has watched over for nine centuries.
FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE, SUFFOLK
Once a fearsome fortress, muster your courage and explore Framlingham Castle's towering walls. It was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.
GOODRICH CASTLE, HEREFORDSHIRE
Surrounded by open countryside, Goodrich Castle in Herefordshire is perhaps one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles.
OLD SARUM, WILTSHIRE
The lost city of Old Sarum crowns a ridge with sweeping views towards modern Salisbury. Iron Age people raised its mighty prehistoric earthworks in about 500 BC, but the ruined walls are still clearly visible today.
OSBORNE, ISLE OF WIGHT
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's family home. Take a glimpse into the private life of the royal family and enjoy the vast estate and gardens.
RIEVAULX ABBEY, YORKSHIRE
‘Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity’ - that's how Rievaulx Abbey's most famous abbot, Aelred, described this beautiful place.
Float in the footsteps of Neolithic people at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.
WREST PARK, BEDFORDSHIRE
Wrest Park is a real treat for the senses - 90 acres of idyllic, award-winning gardens that reflect England's love affair with landscape.
THE ENGLISH HERITAGE PODCAST
Step into England’s story with our weekly podcast.
Join presenter Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews across 50+ episodes.LISTEN NOW
History In Focus
Chart the movements of the sun, moon and planets above the iconic stone circle via our Stonehenge Skyscape online experience.
Explore site histories authored by top historians, or listen to Speaking with Shadows, the podcast that listens to the people that history forgot.DISCOVER MORE
2000 years of board games
We are all familiar with classics like Monopoly™ and Scrabble™, but the first known board games originated from Egypt around 5,500 years ago and have evolved across cultures and societies ever since.
Feasting the Medieval Way
Discover how the festive season was celebrated with food and drink, The Medieval Way. Here are five Christmas highlights from the pantries, butteries, larders and kitchens of medieval England.
Why do we give gifts at Christmas?
Why do we engage in the annual ritual of gift giving, and how has the custom changed over the years? Properties Historian Andrew Hann takes a closer look at one of our favourite festive traditions.
A Short History of Christmas Greenery
Decorating our homes with greenery such as Christmas trees, holly and ivy, wreaths and mistletoe is a Christmas tradition, ingrained in our national consciousness. But when and why did such traditions emerge?
DISCOVER THE STORIES BEHIND THE PLAQUES
Heroes of Health
Advances in the control, treatment and cure of illness and disease have depended on the work of many talented individuals, working in a variety of different fields.
Discover some of the figures in London’s history who took the historic first steps to open up new opportunities for women, and are commemorated by blue plaques.
London's Black History
From musicians to politicians, discover some of the pioneering black figures whose achievements are celebrated with London’s blue plaques.
London Pride: LGBT Stories
From Oscar Wilde to Virginia Woolf, explore London’s LGBTQ history through the stories associated with the city’s blue plaques.
Behind the Scenes
Caring for over 400 historic places covers everything from essential building repair works and restoring paintings, to planting historic gardens and keeping them blooming throughout the year.
Join us as we go behind the scenes to find out more about what it takes to protect England's past.WATCH THE PLAYLIST
HOW ARE BLUE PLAQUES MADE?
Frank and Sue Ashworth have been making London's blue plaques for English Heritage since 1984. We visited them at home in Cornwall to find out more about the process and their role in the scheme.
KITCHEN GARDEN: POT TO PLATE
Go behind-the-scenes at Walmer Castle’s kitchen garden and discover how an expert team of gardeners, volunteers and kitchen staff grow and prepare delicious seasonal produce all year round for visitors to enjoy.
Behind the Scenes at Osborne
Hear from the collections care team, the gardening team, volunteers and curators at Osborne, and see what they do on site during the winter in preparation for the new season.
Wall Painting Conservation
Find out the history behind the wall paintings at Longthorpe Tower in Cambridgeshire, and how conservators from the Courtauld Institute of Art are currently restoring them using original techniques.
39 WAYS YOU CAN EXPLORE HISTORY - FOR FREE
Our website and social channels are packed with ways to discover England’s past, but there are also plenty of other options around to help you get your fix of world history.
Take a look at our favourite history-themed websites, apps, podcasts and videos, all of which are available to enjoy for free.Discover more
Featured Video Series
How to Make Devonshire Squab Pie - The Victorian Way
How to Make Saffron Buns - The Victorian Way
How to Make Macaroni Cheese - The Victorian Way
How to Make Brown Bread Pudding - The Victorian Way
Historical Makeup Tutorial - Queen Elizabeth I
Historical Makeup Tutorial - Roman
Historical Makeup Tutorial - Georgian
Historical Makeup Tutorial - 1940s
Tall Tales from History - King John and the Bishop
Tall Tales from History - The Beautiful Prioress
Tall Tales from History - The Devil's Holiday
Tall Tales from History - The Ghostly Knight