Does your family like to explore, uncover information, follow leads and solve mysteries?  Do you like to ask "why"?  If you enjoy all that and you have plenty of imagination you are half way to being heritage detectives.

Arthur needs the sort of detectives who like to explore and find out about places and the buildings in them.  He wants to know how places have changed over the centuries and whether there is anything left today that he will recognise.  Gruff has told him that life in the 21st century is very different from life in the 13th century. Gruff has warned him about motor cars and planes and the noise of children in the school playground but you may discover something you need to tell or even warn him when he visits your parish today.  You may find it a little more difficult to tell him about your parish in 1204 but thats what you must try to do. 

At Detective School you will make find out how to do this. You will make your detective's tools and learn the special skills that make a good detective.  Then you will be ready to go out exploring, but remember to include your Detective's Handbook in your kit bag.


Make the tools

Make the tools.
Make the tools.

Timelines, view finders and wonder cards are tools of the trade for Arthur's heritage detectives.  You can make them easily at home, just download the templates and follow the directions.  You will need paper, scissors and some glue. 

Make your tools

When you have made your tools you will need to learn how to use them!


Develop the skills

Develop the skill: spotting.
Develop the skill: spotting.

Arthur's heritage detectives will use a variety of skills, they include:

  • Exploring and spotting skills
  • Wondering skills
  • Recording skills
  • Questioning skills
  • Listening skill
  • Research skills
  • Pondering and writing skills
  • Computer skills

Check out the skills courses


Get your kit together

Your detective's kit should include:

  • Your detective IDs, your badges and licences.
  • Your view finders and timelines.
  • Measuring tape and first aid kit.
  • Notebooks and pencils.
  • Cameras, binoculars and magnifying glasses.
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • Wet weather gear.  
  • Maps, telephones and emergency numbers.
  • Sunglasses, sun cream and sun hats.
  • Mobile phone and Detective's Handbook.

Now you are ready to explore, spot and wonder.