Welcome to our guide to Prehistory. Learn about England’s history, discover more about English Heritage sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:

A Day in the Life Episode 1: Prehistory

What was life like in the past?  Join Derfel and Seren for a day in their life at Grimspound, in the Bronze Age.


Two young Members, Maddy and Kingsley, travel to Beeston Castle and Woodland Park in Cheshire to find out about life in a Bronze Age roundhouse.  Watch the video to discover how the roundhouse was built and how its inhabitants lived!

The Kids Rule! Guide to Prehistoric Life (Issue 13)

Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in Prehistoric England, discover our Ancient sites and take our quiz see if you know your Neanderthal from your Neolithic!

This is issue 13 in the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Things to make and do: get creative with our prehistory themed activities

Colour your own Prehistoric scene

Download this colouring sheet to create your own version of our Prehistoric history timeline poster!  Read through the introduction to this era of history, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints. 

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    Make your own mini model of a Bronze Age roundhouse with our downloadable template and easy step-by-step guide.  Once you’ve finished it, put your model Bronze Age dwelling on display to impress your friends!


    Prepare for prehistoric battle with an Iron Age shield! Read the information to learn about shield designs and some famous shields found at archaeological sites, then download our templates and start designing your own.


    Get ready to strike a prehistoric pose by printing out our instant dress-up kit. To help transport you back to 8,000 BC, we’ve got a choice of two masks, a beard, bones and teeth to make a prehistoric necklace, and a flint hand axe.

  • More things to make and do

    Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!

An interview with a real-life Stone Age man, Will Lord

Interview with a Stone Age Man at Grime's Graves

We sent English Heritage Members Flo and Alfie Tyrrell to Grime’s Graves, a neolithic flint mine in North Norfolk, to meet prehistoric survival expert Will Lord and learn about what life was like here in the Stone Age.

Watch the video to discover how Grime’s Graves got its name, how the miners saw what they were doing underground, where prehistoric people slept and where they went to the toilet.  Will even tells his favourite prehistoric joke!

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The Kids Rule! Guide to Prehistoric England (Issue 1)

Download the first issue of Kids Rule! magazine to discover the secrets of Stonehenge, see if you could survive in the Stone Age, and learn what prehistoric people ate for dinner!

The Kids Rule! magazine series follows the history of England, to help you discover more about the past through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

Download your copy

Prehistoric Poster: Make a mega timeline!

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages. The first one shows life at a Stone Age settlement in 8000BC.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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