Education & Tours

2014 Education Dates

Programming Information

Programming Time

Core and seasonal 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 Travelers Summer Day Camp is $6.00 per student/participant per 90 minute program. 
  • One chaperone will be admitted free for every six students in the group.  Teachers are free.
  • Payment is due at time of arrival at the Village Visitor Entrance.  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.
  • The cost for the Museum School Program is $1500/ per week.  Special funding may apply.  Please contact Fanshawe Pioneer Village for further details.
  • Be sure to stop by Denfield General Store for unique souvenirs, toys, candy and more! Available November 26 - December 19, 2013 

Cancellation

Unless buses are cancelled or weather becomes extreme (severe blizzards or lightning storms) it is expected that our programming will proceed.  If we are not able to re-book cancelled school visits, schools canceling less than 72 hours in advance will be charged a flat rate of $50.00.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village is an outdoor site.

Please dress for the weather.

Education Programs

 A Day in the Life
(Grades 2/3) 

September 9 - November 14, 2014 & May 19 - June 25, 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)

September 9 - November 14, 2014 & May 10 - June 25, 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) 

September 9 - November 14, 2014 & May 19 - June 25, 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)  

September 9 - November 14, 2014 & May 19 - June 25, 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.1/2 and Gr.3)

 November 25 - December 18, 2014

  • 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.
  • 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

Fall 2014 Dates

  • October 14 - 17, 2014
  • October 28 - 31, 2014
  • October 3 - 7, 2014
  • October 10 - 14, 2014

Spring 2015 Dates

  • April 25 -24, 2015
  • May 4 - May 7, 2015
  • May 11 - May 14, 2015

Make Fanshawe Pioneer Village your classroom!  Book the award-winning Museum school program for an intensive, week-long experience.  Fanshawe Pioneer Village will provide five, two-hour programs to complement a chosen curriculum topic or unit.  For the rest of the school day, teachers are welcome to use all the resources of this outstanding living history site.  For more information on how your class can participate in the Museum School program, contact Catherine McInnes, Education Coordinator, London Arts Council/London Heritage Council, cmcinnes@london.ca    

Muskets, Militia and Mayham: War of 1812 Education Day
(Grades 7 and 8) Friday, May 8, 2015
Presented in partnership with the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers 

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 more than 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)

Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21, 2014 & Monday, April 27, 2015

Presented in partnership with the History Matters Association and with the Canadian Military Heritage Society 

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) 

Available October 1 - November 14, 2014
Full Day Program | $12/Student 

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)
 

September 9 – November 14, 2014

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.  At the end of the program, participants will be guided through “The Emigrant’s Trunk” Community Exhibition in our Trillium Gallery.  There will be opportunities throughout the program to share and compare stories of cultural traditions.