BFG Trails

We now offer a series of interactive workshops for school children and young people in Key Stages 1-5.

These are free workshops, delivered here at Cumberland Lodge or at school. They are designed to take about an hour, but timings can be adjusted to suit timetabling constraints.

Key stages 1-3

Developed in collaboration with the University of the West of England, our BFG-themed workshop draws on our own connections to The BFG story, to help children think more critically about stories, identity and ideology.

We use children’s literature in a fun and engaging way to help children explore their own values and identities, and to think about how stories shape us and influence social and cultural structures around us. 

The workshop has been devleoped in collaboration with Dr Ann Alston, a specialist in children’s literature and a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England.

BFG Trails

Key stages 4-5

Our 'Citizens' workshops will be available from the autumn term, 2018.

They are part of a three-year project led by Royal Holloway, University of London and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Working in collaboration with Cumberland Lodge and the Justice Museum, the project explores the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from the Magna Carta to the 21st Century.

It aims to encourage young people to become more socially and politically aware, and to encourage them to think critically about their own role in the democratic process.

We are offering three different workshops, each of which draws on historical resources to prompt thinking about contemporary issues:

  • Protest and change - the history of protest (including the Suffragettes, the Poll Tax Riots and the Stop the War March)
  • Who rules? - the changing nature of sovereignty and the locus of ruling power over time (from Simon de Montfort to Brexit)
  • Human rights - the human rights movement and considers whether there is, or should be, a hierarchy of rights (exploring various human rights cases).
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Find out more

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your school, please contact our Programme Team at