Historia promotes historical education by offering high quality teaching resources to schools and heritage organisations.

Founded by doctoral researcher Frances Durkin, Historia are a skilled team of practitioners who work together to encourage learning and discovery.

Frances is an experienced educator and researcher who is passionate about sharing her love for history with a wider audience.

Born in Yorkshire, Frances was inspired to become a historian by numerous childhood visits to museums, castles and stately homes. Encouraged by her family, this early start exploring the history around her has continued into adulthood and Frances is currently completing her PhD in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham. This academic career has given her the opportunity to talk about her research at numerous conferences and to become a part of a worldwide community of historians.

Whilst pursuing her research, Frances has enjoyed time working in administration for BBC Birmingham, company of angels and the National Youth Music Theatre. She is also particularly delighted to have been a member of the wardrobe department at Les Misérables (Queens Theatre, London and O2 Arena, London) for many years.

A regular theatregoer and dedicated castle visitor, Frances loves to travel and seek out new corners of the world to explore. When not in a library or a museum, she can be found indulging her obsessions with traditional folktales and all things containing salted caramel.

Frances is also very proud to be a founder member of educational theatre company Rhapsodia Ltd.


Grace is an Animation Director and Illustrator. Born in the south of England and raised in a sandpit, she spends her days sketching, sculpting and animating. Her ideas and style are influenced by family, history, science and animals, which allow Grace to indulge her interest in the natural world. You can see more at www.gracecookeartwork.com.


Samuel, as well as being Frances’ proud brother, is a freelance web designer and developer.

Whilst working as a Team Leader for Waitrose, Samuel taught himself about the many aspects involved in building modern, responsive websites and applications. Passionate about accessibility and user experience, Samuel is equally comfortable working with what you see when you visit a web page, as well as the apparent alchemy that happens behind the scenes.

Having visited every museum and gallery that he’s been able to find in his many years living in London, he’s also honoured to have been a front of house assistant at theVictoria & Albert Museum of Childhood.

When not thinking about responsive design or version control, he’s probably trying out a new AeroPress recipe or brewing his own wheat beer.


We would like to thank…

This company and the work we do is supported by the encouragement and assistance of some truly amazing people. We’re really lucky to have their help so a huge THANK YOU to Rob Burford, Adrian Philips, Peter Lockyer, Jo Loxton, Melissa Cooke, the Wardrobe Department at Les Miserables (London), Milton Keynes Museum and the entire Durkin Family!


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