Travel back in time on our history camp as we take you on a journey through the history of Shropshire.

Are you considering studying history at university?
Do you want to enrich your experience and explore some of the possible career pathways?
History camp will encourage participants to consider all four forms of historical evidence as they visit some of Shropshire’s most historically important locations.

Visit the market town of Shrewsbury where Charles Darwin was born. Discover how his childhood spent here, helped him develop his love and passion for the natural world. His origins are deep rooted in Shropshire and to this day there are reminders of his life spent here.

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We will also take a trip to Shrewsbury Castle, a red brick Norman fortress founded in c1070. The castle was created as a base, close to the Welsh border for Roger de Montgomery, the Earl of Shrewsbury.

Explore the birthplace of the industrial revolution, The UNESCO World Heritage site, Ironbridge Gorge. We take you back to the 18th century to discover how Coalbrookdale became the first place to utilise coal to smelt iron. You’ll also explore the gorge from the River Severn aboard canoes, giving you great access to wildlife and to experience what was once one of the busiest rivers in the country.

We will also be testing your knowledge throughout the week with history-themed quizzes, a movie-making challenge and will enjoy evenings outdoors building campfires.

An important element of the week will be hearing from a local professional with career advice and top tips on career pathways for budding historians.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications.

Here are some of the transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Reliability
  • Decision making

If you are Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award participant, this course is also an ideal way to complete the ‘Residential’ section of the award.

This course is open to young people aged 16-25. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.  If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian.

If these course dates do not suit you, we run similar courses at many of our other centres.


Explore our range of opportunities for young people. Whether you’re looking to complete your gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, want to explore possible careers, or simply want to expand your knowledge of nature and the natural world, our range of opportunities and experiences offers something for everyone.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable


Arrival 12pm

Welcome at Preston Montford and Introduction. There will be a site tour and icebreakers/team-building activities.


Short course orienteering which will be themed around Charles Darwin



A trip to Ironbridge to study its industrial heritage. You will visit the remains of a blast furnace and study the famous ‘Ironbridge’ itself. Activities will include photography and sketching too.

Canoeing activity on the River Severn in Ironbridge.


History themed quiz



A trip to Shrewsbury, a medieval town and birthplace of Charles Darwin. Visit to the Museum and Castle.


Visit to the recently restored Flaxmill. An 18th century structure of iron-frame construction.


Movie making (create your own stop motion or live-action history-themed performance)



Local castle tour (Stokesay, Powys or Chirk Castle)


Campfire and end of course celebration for the last night.



Create a presentation of what you have learned and your findings/bury a time capsule within Preston Montford’s grounds.


Visit from a local Historian/Archaeologist explaining career prospects and pathways.

Depart 3pm

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Boots or wellingtons
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Hat and Gloves for warm and cold weather
  • Wash kit
  • Suitable clothing for the time of year
  • Small day rucksack
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle and lunch box

Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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