The British Empire

Our ‘Curriculum Topics’ use the phrasing of the National Curriculum to help you find content that can be used to teach each individual module. 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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A Significant Person

Why is this person from the past remembered?

Archives Ahoy!

What can we learn about pirates from our collection?
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Black Victorians

How much can documents reveal about the lives of Black people in Victorian Britain?
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Capturing our Collections

Artworks inspired by documents found in The National Archives
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Child migration

Why were children sent to Canada in 1869-1913?
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Hong Kong and the Opium Wars

How did Hong Kong become part of the British Empire?
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Irish Partition

Why was Ireland divided in 1921?
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Migrants to Britain

What can government documents reveal about the experience of Indian seafarers?
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Native North Americans

What was early contact like between English colonists and Native Americans?
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Partition of British India

What can The National Archives documents reveal about the partition of British India?
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The Independence of Bangladesh in 1971

What can British documents tell us about the creation of Bangladesh?
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The Search for ‘Terra Australis’

What did Captain Cook’s secret mission involve?
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The South African War

How did the British conduct war in 1899-1902?
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James I & VI: How was tobacco viewed, consumed, and traded in the Stuart period?
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What is a Jubilee?

What can we find out about Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee?