Virtual Workshop: Coronation 1953

God Save the Queen! It is 2nd June 1953, the Coronation Day for Queen Elizabeth II. Millions of well-wishers line the streets of London, including your host Hannah, a London secretary. Join Hannah as she watches the Queen’s coach pass on the street, witnesses the coronation on live television (a first!), and joins in a local street party to celebrate the start of a new Elizabethan era! Long may she reign!

The topics covered during the workshop include:

  • Queen Elizabeth II and past Queens of England
  • The route of the coach procession and why people gathered to see it
  • The Commonwealth
  • The cultural importance of the coronation, including being broadcast live on television
  • The Royal Regalia
  • How the UK and the Commonwealth celebrated the coronation



How Does the Workshop Work?

The new workshops consist of two key elements:

  • Individual activities kits for each child in your group .
  • A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers.

The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.

Most schools find that the workshops fill half a day, although you can spread them out as you see fit.

For a small additional fee, you can add an optional hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, offers extra engagement to the day and allows the children to probe further into the learning.


What Activities are Included?

The objects all feature patriotic British designs, including a souvenir paper plate, a hand-coloured Union Jack, a coloured paper crown, embroidery of the initials ER and a paper periscope.
Objects the children make during the Coronation 1953 virtual workshop.

As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make seven projects:

  • Embroidery of the Queen’s initials
  • A periscope
  • A flag
  • A clay model of the Queen’s Beasts
  • A paper crown
  • A coin
  • A souvenir paper plate

The workshop will also come with an information booklet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.


How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?

Please visit our pricing page for the latest costings.


How Do I Book a Workshop?

Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.

Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, you may order them at anytime. (But do allow enough time for delivery!)


Do You Offer an In-School Version of the Workshop?

Yes! Our in-school workshop offers a travelling museum of artefacts related to the coronation and what life was like in 1953. The children get to make their own commemorative souvenirs before recreating the coronation at an afternoon street party. Learn more on our Coronation 1953 page.

Please be aware, however, that we operate in a limited travel area, and mileage (and possibly B&B charges) will apply. If your school is far from our offices, and/or your group is very small, a virtual workshop may be a better fit for you.

Feel free to contact us with questions and we are happy to look at options with you.