The Rayburn Tours new history blog

May 14, 2014


Welcome to our new blog! This is part of our development of the history tours that we provide and the information we use to support it.

My name is Paula Kitching and I am a historian and education consultant that is now working with Rayburn Tours to explore ways of making a school’s tour experience the best it can be.

Over the next few months we will be updating and redeveloping the history section of our website. There will be advice on materials you can use on a tour, in its preparation and during the follow up, as well as a limited section of resources.

We will be exploring new sections for the centenary of the First World War and we will be advising on which of the many new resources out there will help with a tour – or not.

There will be advice on what a history tour can include and some of the themes that can be addressed to enhance general learning as well as specific NC or exam needs. We’re introducing some experience historical tour guides who will be available to accompany you on some of our tours in addition to our usual expert levels of advice and support. This information will go up gradually as it is developed so do please keep coming back to the site to see what is happening next. There will be some other new things that we’ll reveal as we go along.

As part of the experienced educational tours team at Rayburn Tours, I am available to talk you through what sites to visit on a tour, how they can be used to complement your students’ learning objectives and how to get the most out of a visit.

And I will have a regular blog section – this is the first! Here I will tell you about our developments, comment on issues in the news or upcoming anniversaries that might affect you in the classroom or coming out with us on a tour. There will also be pieces about some of our most popular history tour destinations and what a tour might allow you to explore there. Over all this should all be very exciting and please let us know what you think about it all by commenting on my blog or by tweeting us @RayburnEdu.

This week my colleagues Emma and Meg will be at the Historical Association Conference – please come and visit the stand. I will be there as well, at the stall, wandering about on behalf of the HA and presenting in the general section on Saturday. My presentation is: ‘They won’t be home for Christmas: The First World War treaties and entrenchment’. So do come and speak to Emma, Meg or I if you want to discuss any of our tours.

Next blog – the gossip from HA conference and ‘what’s been in the news’.

Paula Kitching History Tours Development Manager