Remembering the Reformation CPD

We are running a CPD event, ‘Remembering the Reformation’, for GCSE and A Level teachers on Friday 15th November. This is a free event and places are limited.

(Please note: the event has been changed from the previous September date.)

If you are new to teaching the Reformation, or looking for fresh ways to teach it, our ‘Remembering the Reformation CPD’ event offers a unique opportunity to work with original documents on the topic and understand how subsequent generations have viewed it. Catch up on the latest research and also discover how you can use primary sources in the classroom, stepping away from the usual ‘source book’ experience and gaining insight into what a record series actually means. We hope our programme of workshops and activities will inspire your teaching to work with archival material from this fascinating period of history.

The day is run in partnership with the University of Cambridge’s ‘Remembering the Reformation’ project, funded by UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. Ceri Law and Alex Walsham will demonstrate their resource based on their research,

Book your place on this free CPD event now.


10:00 – Registration / Refreshments

10:30 – Keynote from Alex Walsham – ‘Remembering the Reformation’

11:00 – Workshop 1

12:10 – Workshop 2

13:15 – Lunch

14:15 – Workshop 3

15:25 – Closing plenary discussion about records

16:00 – Finish


Alexandra Walsham, ‘Remembering the Reformation’

This richly illustrated keynote lecture will set an agenda for the rest of the day by exploring how the Reformation was remembered, forgotten, contested and reinvented in the 16th and 17th centuries. It will also consider how medieval practices of memory were transformed by the Reformation, examine the ways in which the religious revolution created a new memorial culture of its own, and reflect on the enduring legacies of these processes for how we understand the Reformation today.

There will be three different workshops run over the course of the day and teachers can book on each session at different times:

Session A

Documents of the Reformation

The National Archives holds an enormous collection of records that document the process and impact of the Reformation, from the state administration of the dissolution of monasteries to the personal professions of faith found in wills. In this session one of our specialists will introduce you to the key series for researching the topic and provide advice on searching and accessing the records. The session will also allow you to test your palaeography and Latin skills through working with original documents.

Session B

Remembering the Reformation team, ‘Highlights of the Remembering the Reformation web resource and possible uses in the classroom’

In this session we will introduce and lead you through ‘Remembering the Reformation’, a major public digital exhibition ( created by a team from the Universities of Cambridge and York. With more than 130 items, including documents, images and objects, it is a resource that aims to help its viewers to understand the ways in which ‘the Reformation’ became an object of memory in the centuries that followed Martin Luther’s attack on the Catholic Church. Led by the team that curated the exhibition, we will be looking together at this range of exciting and often unique exhibits and discussing ways that it could be used in the classroom.

Session C

Dissolution of the Monasteries: Taster session with the Education Team

The Education team delivers workshops for schools, tied closely to the exam specifications for History, enabling students the opportunity to work ‘hands-on’ with original records from the archives and to draw their own interpretations about historical events.

In this session, the team will introduce you to our document-led, enquiry based approach, focusing on some of the records that the archives holds relating to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Working with original State Papers, you will explore some of the religious changes that occurred during Henry VIII’s reign and consider the motivations behind the dissolution. There will also be an opportunity to view the Valour Ecclesiasticus and Henry VIII’s Will.

Take-away materials for use in your classroom will also be provided.

Book now