Education sessions and resources

Our taught sessions and online resources cover a variety of time periods and places. Many contain structured investigations for use directly in the classroom. Others are more suited for research and preparation. They all allow access into our unique collections.

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19th century prison ships

What do these documents reveal about attitudes to crime and punishment?
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1833 Factory Act

Did it solve the problems of children in factories?
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1834 Poor Law

What did people think of the new Poor Law?
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19th century mining disaster

What happened at the Trimdon Grange Mining Disaster?
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19th century people

What can we tell from this photograph?
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A medieval mystery

Can you decode the dark secrets of the cartoon above?
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A Victorian prison

Why were Victorian Prisons so tough?
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Adolf Hitler

Was Hitler a 'passionate lunatic'?
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All pals together

Would you like to meet our tommy, Henry Fairhurst?
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Belsen concentration camp 1945

What did the British find when they entered Belsen concentration camp?
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Bound for Britain

Experiences of immigration to the UK
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British Response to V1 and V2

How did Britain respond to the threat of attack by missiles in 1943?
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British Union of Fascists

How strong was support for British Fascist Party in the 1930s?
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Bussa’s rebellion

How and why did the enslaved Africans of Barbados rebel in 1816?
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Cats and mice

What tactics were used by suffragettes, police and government?
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Chamberlain and Hitler 1938

What was Chamberlain trying to do?
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Chertsey

What was Chertsey like in the Middle Ages?
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Children in the mines

Can you help the commissioner gather evidence on life in the mines?
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Cholera: kill or cure

How did the government respond to the spread of the disease in the 1830s?
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Civil Rights in America

Follow the progress of the struggle through the archives
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Cold War

How did relations between the wartime allies turn frosty?
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Convincing the Colonies

How did Britain try to keep the support of the people of West Africa?
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Dissolution of the monasteries

Did Henry VIII change the face of England with the stroke of a pen?
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Domesday Book

What can we learn about England in the 11th century?
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Domesday Book – the day of judgement

Would you like to take part in our Domesday drama?
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Eden’s last stand

Why did Anthony Eden resign in 1938?
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Elizabeth I in her own words

What insights do Elizabeth I's speeches and letters provide?
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Elizabethan propaganda

How did England try to show Spain planned to invade in 1588?
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Evacuation to Shropshire

What was it like in the Second World War?
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Fifties Britain

Never so good? Or too good to be true?
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Four days’ hard labour

What was life like for a Victorian child criminal?
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French Revolution

How did the British react to July 1789?
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General Haig

Butcher of the Somme or hero of Amiens?
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God blew and they were scattered

Did God really help the English defeat the Spanish Armada?

Gordon Ford’s story

What was it like to be an airman in World War Two?
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Government posters

How did Britain encourage people at home to help win the war?
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Gunpowder Plot

Can you uncover the plans of the plotters?
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Henry VIII court rules

How did Henry VIII get up in the morning?
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Henry VIII: image of a king

Was appearance everything for a ruler in the 16th century?
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Hitler assassination plan

How did the British plan to kill Hitler?
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How we were taught

What was school like 100 years ago?
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Independent research

Do you need help with your independent research?
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Jutland: Death at sea

Were lives wasted when the Indefatigable sank?
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Life aboard the Titanic

Who travelled on the fateful maiden voyage?
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Life during wartime

What can you discover about life on the Home Front in Britain?
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Magna Carta

Did people take Magna Carta seriously?
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Mapping the City

How and why does an area change over time?
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Mining explosion

The Trimdon Grange mining accident
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Native North Americans

What was early contact like between Europeans and Natives?
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Noor Khan: behind enemy lines

Would you like to meet Noor Khan, SOE agent?
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Past pleasures

How did the Victorians have fun?
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Poor Victorian children

What was life like for poor children in the 1840s?
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Propaganda and the art of war

How did the British government encourage people to support the war?
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Rob Roy

A Victorian railway accident
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Russian Revolution observed

How did the British government react to events at the time?
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School dinners

Why were school dinners brought in?
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Selling the Victorians

Victorians for sale! Has advertising changed from Victorian times?
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Sixties Britain

A social and cultural revolution?
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Slavery

How did the Abolition Acts of 1807 and 1833 affect the slave trade?
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The English Civil War

Why did England become a republic in 1649?
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The Home Front

How did people prepare for the war at home?
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The King, the Crown and the Colonel

How did Thomas Blood try to steal the Crown Jewels in 1671?
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This Evil Trade: Olaudah Equiano and abolition

Can you find evidence that will support Equiano's argument for abolition?
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Treasures from the past: the Victorians (SEN)

What can we discover about a person from the past?
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Trimdon

What was it like living in a late 19th century mining town?
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Tudor rebellions

How seriously did they challenge the authority of the crown?
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Tudor revels

Can you work with original documents and perform a masque fit for a king?
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Victorian family history

How can we find out about the life of a Victorian child using family sources?
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Victorian homes

Was there much difference between rich and poor homes?
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Victorian lives

How was life different in Victorian times?
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William Shakespeare

What can we find out about his life?
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World Cup 1966

Did England rig the result?
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Zeppelin raids

How did First World War Zeppelin raids affect British civilians?