Education & Tours

2015 Education Dates

  • Education Programs - May 19 to November 18, 2015
  • An Upper Canada Christmas Programs - November 24 to December 28, 2015
  • Education Brochure PDF

Programming Time

Education programs are 90 minutes in duration. Programs must be booked in advance as availability is limited. Morning sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and afternoon sessions begin at 12:15 p.m. Please arrive at the Village 15 minutes prior to your start time.

Programming Cost

  • The cost for all programs, except Education Special Events and Time Travellers Summer Day Camp is $6.00 per student/participant per 90 minute program.
  • Payment is due at time of arrival. A receipt will be issued at this time. Schools and Community groups may also request an invoice to be prepared for payment. Please make cheques payable to Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

Cancellation

Unless buses are cancelled or weather becomes extreme (severe blizzards or lightning storms) it is expected that our programming will proceed.

Education Programs

A Day in the Life
(Grades 2/3)

May 19 - June 25 & September 15 - November 13, 2015

  • Children had a busy life in the 19th century. When not working in the fields, they attended school and contributed to household chores. In the fall, those chores included drying apples, making apple cider, butter churning and preparing for the harvest. After chores were completed, children attended school where all grades were taught by a teacher in one room.
  • In this program, students assume the role of children in the 19th century and participate in household chores and a one room school house lesson.

The Village at Work
(Grade 2/3)

May 19 - June 25 & September 15 - November 13, 2015

  • This interactive program allows students to experience work expected of children in a 19th century village. In the fall, students will perform farm chores to prepare for the harvest. Students will also experience 19th century printing in our Print Shop and create a hand bill to take home. This program provides children with the opportunity to experience the challenges of work in the 19th century and to understand the differences between tools and technology used for farming and trades.

FPV Guided Tour
(Adult & Senior)

May 19 - November 13, 2015

  • Take a journey back in time to experience the development of Canadian society as represented by more than 30 historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. A costumed interpreter will guide your class through the Village, giving students a chance to explore and ask questions.

FPV Interactive Guided Tour
(Grade 7 - Adult)

May 19 - November 13, 2015

  • Take a journey back in time to learn about 19th century life and visit more than 30 historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Students will have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and participate in two hands-on 19th century activities. Choose from spinning and carding wool, churning butter, dancing or printing a hand bill in the Print Shop.

Upper Canada Christmas
(Grades JK/SK, GR.½ and Gr.3)

November 24 - December 18, 2015

  • Learn about the Christmas traditions of London Township’s early inhabitants, who managed to celebrate despite cold weather and scarce material goods. Students will make a hand-set Christmas card in our Print Shop, try their hand at preparing a traditional cookie recipe and learn the art of candle making. This is a winter outdoor program. Please dress for the weather.
  • New! The Denfield General Store will be open during our Upper Canada Christmas Program. Teachers must indicate during registration that they would like their students to stop by the store for unique souvenirs, toys, candy and more!

Education Events

Museum School

Make Fanshawe Pioneer Village your classroom! Book the award-winning Museum school program for a week-long experience. For more information contact Ryan Hunt, Education Coordinator at London Heritage Council.

Muskets, Militia and Mayham: War of 1812 Education Day
(Grades 7 and 8) Presented in partnership with the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers

Friday, May 8, 2015

This exciting full-day, multi-school event gives students a chance to explore the War of 1812 through a series of real life scenarios and vignettes. Join a militia muster, watch a 19th century cannon crew fire the gun and debate views with Villagers loyal to King George and those who support Republicanism. Through active participation in a dozen stations, students will make a personal connection with the War of 1812 and leave with an understanding of how it affected local inhabitants’ daily lives. Special cost for this full day program is $7/student. To book this popular program, call 519-457-1296, ext.815

World War 1 Education Day
(Grade 8 & 10) Presented in partnership with the History Matters Association and with the Canadian Military Heritage Society

Monday, April 27, 2015 and Friday, October 16, 2015

This exciting full-day, multi-school event gives students a chance to explore WWI through a series of real life scenarios and vignettes. Join the Canadian Expeditionary Force and learn the art of the trench raid, participate in a marching drill, learn the role women played in WWI and join in on the battle of Vimy Ridge. Through active participation, students will make a personal connection with WWI and leave with an understanding of how this war affected communities for the next generation. Special cost for this full day program is $12/student. To book this education program, call 519-457-1296, ext. 815.

New Education Programs!

The Development of Communities in Canada
(Grade 6, full day program, $12/student)

Available May 19, 2015 - June 25 & September 15 - November 13, 2015

This new program designed for Grade 6 provides students with an understanding of the reasons why different peoples settled in the London region. Students will be engaged through hands-on activities and learn the social, economic, political and cultural aspects of life in a settler community by examining agricultural practices, daily work and the dress and diet of settlers. The program will conclude with a role playing workshop. Students will be provided with a background history and assigned various roles in four different settler families and experience the life of a settler community.

Connecting Our Pasts, Connecting Our Communities
(ESL & Adult Education Program)

Available May 19, 2015 - November 13, 2015

This new program provides participants with an opportunity to build understanding of our local history while comparing and contrasting the immigrant experience with that of the London region’s early 19th century settlers. Participants will be engaged in culinary traditions, trades and techniques from the 19th century. There will be opportunities throughout the program to share and compare stories of cultural traditions.

An Upper Canada Christmas
(Grades JK/SK, Gr.½ & Gr.3)

Available November 24, 2015 - December 18, 2015

Learn about the Christmas traditions of London Township’s early inhabitants, who managed to celebrate despite cold weather and scarce material goods. Students will make a hand-set Christmas card in our Print Shop, try their hand at preparing a traditional cookie recipe, listen to a Christmas tale, enjoy holiday entertainment in the form of traditional dancing and learn the art of candle making. This is a winter outdoor program. Please dress for the weather.