Outreach and Virtual Outreach

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Virtual Outreach JORVIK Group

Virtual Outreach

Wherever you are in the world, you can invite a host of historical characters or our friendly archaeologists into your classroom with our Virtual Outreach sessions.

Our new and improved sessions have been designed to offer a range of opportunities for your students to come face to face with a person from the past or get a glimpse of interesting artefacts from our extensive archaeological collections.

With these immersive and interactive sessions, you won’t miss out on any of the fun you would have visiting our attractions as we have adapted our award-winning school workshops and activities for exclusive access online. Unless otherwise stated, our sessions are particularly well-suited for students aged 7-11 studying the National Curriculum, but our Learning Team would be happy to discuss your specific learning aims with you if you teach other age groups.

You can connect to our sessions through a variety of platforms too- we currently offer virtual outreach via Skype, Zoom and Google Meet, but we are happy to discuss other platform requirements if you have them. We can even include children studying from home, meaning everyone in your class can stay connected as we explore the past together.

Scroll down to view our virtual outreach options and pricing.

DIG! Virtual

Hear from one of our friendly archaeologists and enjoy a 45-minute session exploring the fascinating archaeology of a period of your choice. Find out how our field archaeologists plan for a dig, see some exclusive finds from York’s excavations and help to uncover the mysteries of some of the most significant sites in the UK. These virtual outreaches are a great option for exploring STEM topics too.


DIG! The Vikings Why did the Vikings come to Britain, and who were they really? Analyse the evidence they left behind to challenge and support your ideas about the Norse raiders and settlers of the 10th century.
DIG! The Romans Can you tell your fortress from your colonia? Piece together evidence from the fort, houses and workshops of the empire’s northernmost military city for an exciting glimpse into life in Roman York.


Meet a Viking

Your students can spend 45 minutes discovering what life was like in the Viking Age from the perspective of different 10th-century inhabitants of the city of Jorvik. They will tell stories, show you prized possessions and maybe even guide you through doing some Viking activities yourselves! So, do you want to meet with the settlers living in the Viking city, marvel at goods from distant lands, or hear tales of warriors, gods and giants? The choice is yours- check out our ‘Meet a Viking’ options below.


Warriors and Raiding It’s time to prepare for battle! Discover some of the causes of raiding and warfare in Viking times, see some of the weapons that were used and hear tales of how clever strategies brought  victory on the battlefield.
Settlers and Trade Not everyone in the Viking period was a raider: meet a friendly settler from the 10th-century city of Jorvik and discover more about how they made their living, kept a home and the items they traded with distant lands.
Skalds and Storytelling Experience the magic of Viking sagas and poetry with a Viking storyteller. Discover the stories of gods, giants and heroes in Viking society and hear some of the Old Norse language spoken on these shores over a thousand years ago.
Cures and Medicine Who would treat an injured warrior or sickly settler? Learn how plants, animals, insects and even magic were used to cure ailments of the past and decide which cures you think would work best.
Bespoke Q&A Session Help your pupils enhance their history studies or develop ideas for literacy work by interviewing one of our Vikings! Pose questions about lifestyle, food, clothing and homes, or enquire about their travels and adventures- it’s a Viking encounter like no other!


Meet the Medieval Medic

Explore how medical practices have changed through the ages by coming face-to-face with our medieval medic. Learn about diagnosis, cures and preventative measures as you explore the tools of the trade for physicians, surgeons and other healers in the Middle Ages. Choose an option that suits your key stage and get your students in a medieval mindset.


Meet the Medieval Medic (KS2/3) Meet one of York’s barber-surgeons to learn more about attitudes to wellbeing, illness and medicine in the medieval city. See his tools and hear more about the range of treatments and practitioners available to local people. As well as introducing your pupils to the four bodily humours, our barber-surgeon will highlight some medical dilemmas and invite their suggestions as to how these might be treated!
Meet the Medieval  Medic (GCSE)  This session has been devised to support your medicine-through-time thematic study for History GCSE. Our medieval barber-surgeon will discuss contemporary attitudes to wellbeing, illness and medicine, as well as the range of treatments and practitioners available to people in the medieval city. The role of hospitals, the Church and the ancient writings of Hippocrates and Galen will all come under the spotlight.


Prices from September 2020

We now offer discounts on multiple bookings so it’s easier than ever before to book several sessions to support your class’ learning across the term or for other classes studying this topic to share in the experience.
Our pricing for virtual outreach across any of our available platforms is as follows from September 2020:

Single Session Package Two-Session Package Three-Session Package Four-Session Package 
£85.00 £160.00 £225.00 £290.00

We recommend our virtual outreach sessions for class sizes of up to 40 children, so that all pupils have the opportunity to interact with the virtual guests but you can discuss your exact requirements when placing your booking.

Home Education groups: We are happy to take bookings from home education organisations looking to book several families onto the same virtual outreach session. If you are a home educator and you are interested in taking part in a virtual outreach, please contact our Reservations Team to discuss your requirements.

To place a booking or to discuss your options further, please contact our Reservations Team at schools@yorkat.co.uk or by phone on 01904615505.



Due to the current coronavirus situation we are unable to offer our usual outreach visits at the present time; please sign up to our Learning mailing list to get the latest news on our offer as soon as it becomes available. If your enquiry is urgent, contact our Reservations Team at schools@yorkat.co.uk or by phone on 01904615505.