New website supporting history teachers in Yorkshire

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Jan 302018

The Yorkshire History Education Partnership (YHEP), has been set up by colleagues at York and Leeds Trinity universities, to promote resources and events which support history teachers.

For more information see their website


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New project: Aphra Behn and 17th century women

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Jan 292018

Martin Spafford, SHP Fellow, writes:

I’ve been meeting the people behind this project on Aphra Behn and think this could be exciting project for any teachers interested in bringing women’s history or the (often ignored but so important) late 17th century into the classroom – not to mention colonialism, espionage and sexuality! Any teacher willing to advise on resources and try them out would work alongside academics and theatre educators to bring fresh new material that could fascinate history students and offer links with the English and Performing Arts departments.

The team, at Loughborough University, are looking for teachers or teacher educators – especially those passionate about women’s history – to help them with advice and/or to try out resources. They have Behn’s spy letters as well as all her published writings.

See more information and contact details HERE …


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University of Huddersfield Symposium for history teachers, June 25

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Jan 272018

A day course, on 25 June 2018, run by members of the university’s history department, updating teachers on interpretations of and sources for major GCSE topics – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, the American West and Nazi Germany, together with an introduction to the University’s Holocaust Learning Centre.

The programme introduction says:

This one-day event for teachers of history aims to give you a powerful injection of history, not only to feed your curiosity, but to give you ideas about how we use sources – and about how you might use them. We’ll offer four content sessions linked to aspects of GCSE History, by our own historians here at the University. These will focus on interpretations and sources, and take place in the History department, in the new Oastler Building. Lunch is included! In the afternoon, you’ll move to the Holocaust Learning Centre, which opens on campus in June 2018. You’ll get to talk with the centre’s curators about resources and events for teachers and students, and discuss using Holocaust primary sources in your teaching.

Full details of the programme and booking via:


Or contact Dr Lindsey Dodd / 01484 472590


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Valuable resources on Magna Carta, 1381 and much else from Citizens800

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Aug 272017

The Citizens800 web-page to start from is

… and the page introducing their resources for schools is HERE …

Don’t be put off by all the AQA coverage on that first schools page if you teach other specifications as the resources being developed will be useful to everyone, including at KS3 and A level.

At the moment, they include animations and video material on the project’s YouTube channel on King John and Magna Carta, the battle of Sandwich of 1217, Great Revolt of 1381 with plenty more material to come on later periods of history.

Even if you don’t teach or have never heard of the battle of Sandwich the animation is worth a look for the demise of King John and the departure of Prince Louis!


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Useful Website for Anyone Teaching the Crusades

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Aug 262017

Dr Andrew Holt is Professor of History at the University of Florida. His website can be found at

I first saw the site on twitter as it advertised an interview with eminent Crusades historian, Professor Helen Nicholson on the state of Crusades studies HERE …

Amongst other things, Dr Holt’s site also includes a series of contributions from other historians on the ‘most influential Crusades historians’ and ‘the most important books’ on the Crusades.

Hope it’s helpful!



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Ian Coulson Annual Bursary for Local History / Archaeology in Kent Schools

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Apr 232017

This annual bursary has been established by the Kent Archaeological Society in memory of Ian Coulson.

Ian was Adviser for History in Kent schools for over 25 years and, at the time of his premature death in 2015, President of the Kent Archaeological Society. Teachers in Kent schools are invited to apply for the bursary to develop classroom resources based on Kent’s local history and/or archaeology, two of Ian’s great passions. It is open to teachers in both primary and secondary schools. One bursary, worth up to £1,000, will be available each academic year for which any Kent school can apply.

For details see

To gain a little understanding of why Ian was so widely respected and admired by teachers in Kent and amidst the SHP community see him in action on YouTube HERE … and see his ‘Handy’ Guide to Medieval Architecture on this website,  HERE …



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New resources available: Migration in the 15th and 16th centuries

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Aug 212016

The National Archive in conjunction with the England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 project has been running a Teacher Scholar programme which has produced a number of resources which you can find here …

In summary the resources cover:

• Were there really aliens living among the population of England in the 15th century?  (Year 5-6)

• How can government records help us investigate the diversity of the population? (KS3 – Years 8/9)

• How can we get people from the 15th century to tell us about their lives? (KS 4 and 5- Years 10-13)

• Did trade and migration change England in the 16th century? (Years 12-13)

The England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 project and database can be found at


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Teaching about the Norman Conquest

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Jul 172016

Many people are about to teach the Norman Conquest at GCSE for the first time – these items may be useful to you.

Item 1. Two videos of 20 minute lectures by Carl Watkins of the University of Cambridge discuss key aspects of the Conquest – the words are both valuable and interesting even if the video quality suggests they were filmed by a KGB spy in the 1950s using a camera hidden in a briefcase. As they are on the Cambridge History Faculty website I assume nothing underhand was going on!

Lecture 1 HERE …

Lecture 2 HERE …

Item 2. The Royal Armouries is holding a two day conference on the Conquest on the weekend of 14-15 October at the Tower of London. The programme consists of a battery of 40 minute talks by a host of eminent academics but the intended audience for the conference seems to be teachers and the interested public rather than academics.

Full details HERE …

Item 3. There’s a host of books around about the Conquest and William the Conqueror but I’ve recently much enjoyed two books in the Penguin Monarchs series which has a 100pp book for each reign from Athelstan to Elizabeth II. The two for this period which are currently out are:

William II: The Red King by John Gillingham – Gillingham is always been one of the most readable historians so this is the ideal introduction to William ‘Rufus’.

See Amazon HERE …

Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy by Carl Watkins – you probably aren’t teaching about Stephen but it’s an engrossing book nevertheless, exploring whether this really was a period of ‘anarchy’ and the various contingent circumstances that led to both Stephen’s succession and the ensuing civil war.

See Amazon HERE …

(I’ve provided Amazon links so you can see the contents list but they’re cheaper on Book Depository and elsewhere!)

The  book on William I by Marc Morris is due out in August (on my birthday if anyone in my family is reading this).

Item 4. The Historical Association has a range of material on aspects of the Conquest, some of which are free to non-members

See HERE … and HERE …

Item 5. A series of short films by historian, Marc Morris:

See it on YouTube HERE …

Item 6. In Our Time Radio 4 programmes on

The Battle of Stamford Bridge HERE …

Domesday Book HERE …

The Norman Yoke HERE …

Hope this is useful


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Resources for teaching about the late middle ages – KS3, GCSE Warfare, A level

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Feb 222016

A range of resources …

Agincourt: Myth and Reality

University of Southampton’s MOOC on the battle of Agincourt – a 3 week, free course covering the broader context of the Hundred Years War, Agincourt and its legacy and interpretations and the nature of warfare at the time. Even if you only have time to glance at it at the moment there’s an excellent range of short videos and other materials to download e.g. on late medieval armour, longbows, walking the site of Agincourt. You don’t have to be signed up in advance – you can join in part way and you don’t actually have to do anything if you don’t want to. It’s a really valuable free resource – it was run in the autumn (hence knowing what’s in it) and repeated from 22 February

The Agincourt 600 site is also worthexploring

England in the time of Richard III

Another free mooc from Futurelearn – this one starts on 7 March for 6 weeks as comes from the University of Leicester. I don’t know what’s in it but I hope it’s more than another re-tread of the car park! It does say that it is going to look more at the nature of fifteenth century society and lists medieval warfare, the lives of peasants and farmers, food and culture, death and commemoration, reading and the introduction of printing. Hopefully this mooc will also provide some useful teaching resources.

Weapons and Armour

I noticed on Youtube a set of films featuring Tobias Capwell, one of the leading authorities on late medieval armour and linked to the armour and weapons you can see at the Wallace Collection in London. Extracts from these could well be useful for GCSE warfare or A level students studying the 15thC.


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