About Company 'K'
Company ‘K' is a group of historians and historical interpreters who have presented events based on the stories of British people from the 18 th century, through the mid-Victorian period and the late 19th and early 20 th century.
The group consists of actors, teachers, musicians and historians whose aim is to tell the facts interactively so that people can not only hear some great story telling but can also see what the participants really looked like and even ask them questions!
The group has worked with The Royal Armouries at Leeds 2002 and 2003, Denbighshire County council in 2004/5 and CADW, in 2004, where they presented the story of H.M.Stanley and The Battle of Shiloh to schoolchildren in St Asaph and Denbigh, Stanley 's hometown and at Denbigh Castle .
We researched and presented an event at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire
in 2004. We told the story of the Cotton Famine and of Jack H.Binns, a Lancashire cotton worker, who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. A version was presented at the Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania U.S.A. in 2006.
From 2007 –2010 we produced and delivered numerous historical sessions within our topic range to schools,museums and historical sites all over the UK.
In 2011, once again, Company K members appeared in schools, museums and historical sites throughout the country and for the RNLI, doing a variety of sessions on WW2, Victorian and Tudor themes. ‘The Whalers' sang at Kelham Island Christmas Fayre in Sheffield and have already been re-booked for this year's event.We hope to include more nautical-based concerts this year.
So far in 2012 - 2016, Company K personnel have completed sessions in schools in Yorkshire (W and S) and Buckinghamshire, appeared at museums in Leicester and Sheffield and at numerous historical sites all over the UK for CADW, English Heritage and the Jorvik Archaeological Trust .More school sessions are planned and we are booked to sing again at the Christmas Fayre at Kelham Island, Sheffield 1st and 2nd December.
In 2013/14 we have again presented interactive events in schools and museums all over the country and our musicians and singers have performed historical music in numerous venues. In 2015 we will be extending our repertoire to include additional topics. See ’Stop Press’ for details.
The group presents events based upon the Crimean War, Slavery, The Home Front and the American Revolution. Work is in hand on ‘ Pirates' , ‘ The Great War' , ‘ The Levellers' , ‘Luddites', 'Victorians' and ‘ The Industrial Revolution'
We present weekend events and our interpreters' tour schools to provide teaching staff with an exciting medium to stimulate students' interest and imagination.
Company ‘K’ aims to assist teachers in the teaching of history by presenting sessions to groups of children based upon historical events, including subjects within the national curriculum. The sessions are intended to make the young people more aware of the subject and to stimulate them to seek information from the presenters.
The group, normally of up to four participants, will tell factual stories, in costume and interact with the young people asking and answering questions to reinforce their learning. Each subject will be backed up with basic classroom packs containing information and activities for the young people to expand upon the knowledge gained from the experience.
Company K has presented sessions in schools in Denbighshire from 2004-2009 and in the West Midlands and Derbyshire in 2006-2007. From 2004-12 we have presented sessions in schools all over the country. Further events are planned for 2017.
For Museums and Historical sites
Company ‘K’ has worked with museums and historical sites to present interpretations based on historical events or displays connected with those sites. The company has worked with existing interpreters and actors and aims to integrate their school-based projects with the museums and sites thereby using them to reinforce the learning gained in the classroom and to stimulate young people to visit the museums and site to see the events and displays.