The Old Slaughterhouse is an exciting location for education activities at Primary and Secondary level.  The Old Slaughterhouse is a developing heritage project and as we learn more, we will be able to expand our education programme.

The slightly gruesome name comes from the site’s most recent use as a slaughterhouse and butchers as Hensons; a successful family business and Stratford institution, based there for three generations.



We are developing an oral history archive from the memories of people connected to Hensons. The business of bringing in livestock and turning them into cuts, pies and sausages is a rich and fascinating story and gives many insights into the social history of the town, its people and its food. In addition to fascinating research and archival materials and presentations from the site and its history including its time as a Ropemaker, Wine Merchant and Chemist.


We will use this rich slice of Stratford Heritage to devise a programme of activities suitable for Key Stage 2 & 3 pupils. They may include opportunities to handle original historical objects and take part in role play activities. Each session will be tailored to be age appropriate and relevant to the National Curriculum.


Pie_PTW7620We can offer activities exploring the following themes:

  •  Food in World War II
  •  The changing High Street
  •  Meat: then and now
  •  Researching the site history and the buildings previous occupations as Ropemaker, Wine Merchant, Chemist to Slaughterhouse

Activities on offer

  • Guided tours through the building
  • Object Handling
  • Drama & Creative Writing Workshops
  • Art workshops in response to historical themes

Resources on offer

  • Oral History interviews
  • Photographs
  • Copies of historical documents
  • Loan boxes