Cold War

How concerned were the British in the early stages of the Cold War?

Using original documents students explore the fascinating transition from the Second World War to the Cold War (1945-51). Your students will develop their skills at analysing documents from ‘TOP SECRET’ telegrams to Cabinet minutes. In this dynamic workshop they will have the opportunity to handle newly released files and examine British concerns during this uncertain period.

Connections to the curriculum:

  • AQA: GCE History, Unit 2R: The Cold War, c1945-1991
  • OCR: GCE History, Unit Y113: Britain 1930-1997: British Period Study: Britain’s position in the world 1951-1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930-1951)
  • OCR: GCE History, Unit Y223: Non-British Period Study: The Cold War in Europe, 1941-1995
  • Edexcel: GCE History, Paper 3, Option 37.1: The changing nature of warfare, 1859–1991: perception and reality
  • Edexcel: GCSE History, Period Study 4: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
  • AQA: GCSE History, BC Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

Available as: Onsite workshop, Online workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:

Onsite Workshop

at The National Archives

2 hours

Online Workshop

in your classroom

1 hour

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stages 4 and 5

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All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162