10 Reasons to take a Guided History Tour with Anglia
Our team of expert and highly experienced guides, each selected not only for the depth of their historical knowledge but more importantly for their ability to engage and inspire your students, are there to ensure they gain the maximum educational benefit from the tour and to deal with any problems that may arise – no matter how serious. Take a look at these essential benefits to taking a guided tour with Anglia.
- Enhance your educational experience
With over 240 years of teaching experience and 325 years of guiding school groups, we have a wealth of experience in educating young people. Our team of guides keep a close eye on exam board developments with many being active members of teaching/educational forums. Our guides continually share information with each other, with teachers and education professionals so they stay up to date with the world of education. Combine this with the experience they have of knowing how to deliver essential information whilst out of the classroom and our guides will work in partnership with you to deliver the perfect educational experience.
“[Our guides] were outstanding and had the students enraptured and captivated their imagination. We have travelled with other companies before but this was in a different class!!”
The Warren School
- Up to date knowledge
Our guides are frequent visitors to those locations where they lead tours. Many of our guides visit the locations they lead tours to on at least a monthly basis. This means they have excellent, up to date, knowledge of the logistics of the towns and cities you will be visiting and are in regular contact with suppliers and associations in these locations. So, should a road be closed, a major event be planned for the area you’re visiting or a new museum open, they will be the first to know.
“He is a walking A-Z of Berlin and has an encyclopaedic historical knowledge – a true professional.”
St Benedict’s School
- Provide additional support to you
Being responsible for the general well-being and pastoral care of your students when you are on a trip is a 24 hours a day job – and it’s so important that you need to be able to focus on it. When you take a guided tour with Anglia, our guides can take some of the pressure off in little ways: from getting them on and off the bus in time; making sure the driver knows where he is going, to; showing them where the toilets are; and knowing the best spot to eat your packed lunch. It’s also a great opportunity for you to step back and enjoy seeing your students absorb new information, observe how they respond to it and gives you the luxury of time to think about how you will relate to these moments back in the classroom.
“For me the trip is stressful (ensuring students are behaving/have everything etc) but as soon as I see (our guide) he takes control and allows me and the other staff to relax and enjoy the tour.”
- A guided tour will mean you can fit in more over less time
Our guides will work with you to tailor your itinerary so that you can get around the sites quickly and efficiently so you will do more in less time than you would on most other tours. So, you can spend less time out of school and save money. Because they spend so much time there, our guides know the best places to park, the quickest routes to take and where the best spot is to tell a story. What’s more if there are already 4 or 5 groups at a place you’re intending to visit, they can work with you to identify an alternative, quieter, location where your students will have a chance to hear what the guide is telling them and the time and space for personal reflection.
“Excellent itinerary – not sure we could have packed more in.”
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
- Gain deeper in depth knowledge
Our guides are experts in their fields and are passionate about it. When they aren’t guiding school groups, you’ll find them teaching; writing books; advising documentary makers; working in museums; making films; delivering talks to local associations; and researching lesser known sites. You and your students will benefit from the extra layer of knowledge these fascinating experts have gathered. They’ll tell you those little gems of fascinating information that you didn’t know; they’ll take you to places you haven’t heard of before and challenge your students to look at events from different points of view.
“I’m very thankful that you gave the experience of going around Normandy. The things you taught us gave me a different insight on how the war went and the sacrifices people made for our future. I’ll remember this trip for the rest of my life.”
Pupil at Bishop Heber School
- Support materials
Visual materials always help to bring history to life. Anglia will provide you with study booklets to use before, during and after your tour. Our guides will deliver kit demonstrations on site and using photographs, allow you to see what the location you’re visiting looked like ‘then and now.’ All these materials help to give your students a greater understanding of what happened at that moment in time.
“It was a photo moment watching the looks of absolute delight on their faces when the show and tell session took place.”
Cardinal Newman Catholic School
- Guides can help generate empathy and deliver human stories
When you visit a memorial, a cemetery or a battlefield site, it’s important for your students to be able to empathise with the human stories. On our battlefield tours, to help your students appreciate the weight a soldier had to carry, your Anglia guide can dress students in the uniform and equipment of a First World War soldier. Your guide will stand in a trench with your students and set the scene. Your guide will stand with you on the banks of a canal and explain to your students the difficulties solders experienced when trying to cross in order to attack enemy positions. The ‘penny drop’ moments for your students are endless.
“I line up the students in a trench and tell them in one minute I’ll blow the whistle and they’ll go over the top. I ask them what they are thinking? It could be ‘Why am I here?’, ‘I miss my family’… then I blow the whistle and tap some on the shoulder and say ‘You won’t make it back’. This is a really profound penny drop moment for me.”
- Personalised Research
If your school has former pupils who were involved in either World War or your students have relatives they would like to research, just let us know in advance, what you’d like to find out and our guides can research these individuals or the units they served with. We can then take you to these, and tell their stories on the ground they trod.
“Each year I take Uplands Community College from Wadhurst, a village in Sussex, to the Battlefields. This village lost 24 men of the Royal Sussex Regiment, killed on the 9th May 1915 on the attack on Aubers Ridge in France. We visit Le Touret Memorial where 23 of those men are commemorated. The first waves that went over the top were the 2nd battalion of the Royal Sussex and the 1st battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment. My grandfather Harry went over in the first wave with the Northamptonshires and was wounded. His brother Fred was killed a few weeks earlier and is also featured on the Touret Memorial. As part of the story of soldiers from their village, I’m able to tell these students my relative’s story, making it all more real for them. It is unique to find an Anglia guide with a grandfather who went over the top at the same time and place that is of interest to one of our schools. I know of no other village that paid such a high price on a single day.”
- Additional help with safety aspect
Anglia Tours is ABTA and ATOL bonded. We have a rigorous Safety Management System in place so if there are ‘curve balls’ that could affect the trip – a sick student, a ferry strike, bad weather… our team will find a solution to ensure the tour continues – putting your students’ well-being first.
“Around the Battlefields, you never know what will happen with the weather and Anglia’s guides will help you change your itinerary around so that the conditions don’t really impact on the tour.
Their awareness of health and safety is a big help. Also, although we look after ‘crowd control’ the guides are always keen to muck in and the 14 staff and 6 guides always work as a team.”
Calthorpe Park School
- Visits to your school to give you a tailored experience
Members of our guide team can visit your school for a pre-tour consultation visit before you book. They will discuss your educational objectives and look to ensure the tour meets these requirements. A guide can also attend your parents evening to deliver a presentation and answer any questions parents may have. This offers real reassurance for parents who can really see what they are getting for their money. It gives them peace of mind that their children are in safe hands.
“The tour was so wonderful, all of our students had a great time and all of the teachers at Chestnut Grove Academy felt that the guides from Anglia were excellent. We especially liked the care they took to differentiate the information and tailor it to the specific year groups.”
Chestnut Grove Academy