Our online professional development unit, Making History: Using Archives in the Classroom, part of the Historical Association's eCPD series, shares our expertise in using archival material in the history classroom. In the first half of the course we lead you through the process of finding material, selecting interesting documents, identifying an enquiry and devising a creative final task. Videos of schools sessions at The National Archives, with online documents, offer practical examples for classroom activities, while Teaching History articles and filmed tutorials support you in thinking about some of the underlying issues.
The second half of the course looks at how evidence can be used in other areas of the history curriculum, considering different ways of using sources to support diversity, independent enquiry and 'big picture' understandings of history.
Making History is available online now from the Historical Association's website.
We have also developed a number of new document collections for teachers to use in their own resources:
- The Road to Partition includes over 30 documents relating to the end of British rule in the subcontinent.
- Civil Rights in America contains source material from British diplomats trying to understand the national movements sweeping the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Sixties Britain and Fifties Britain are invaluable sources for the study of postwar British history and both have a strong curriculum focus.
Our Jack the Ripper document pack was produced to support a workshop we do not currently offer but contains material that may be of interest.