Significant Women: discover their stories in the archives

What can documents tell us about significant women’s lives?

What to expect in the onsite workshop: 

In this dynamiconsite workshopchildren discover the lives of women, through exploring original documents. Children will investigate clues about three women’s achievements: a 20th century nurse, a pioneering pilot and a defender of a medieval castle. Learners consider questions like ‘why is it difficult to find out about a woman who lived a long time ago?’ Learners engage with different types of evidence, including medieval wax seals, passenger lists, newspapers and census records.  

The two-hour workshop isled byanexperiencedhistory educator in an inspiring learning space at The National Archives in Kew. The session uses a combination of dynamic group work and storytelling. Children get to view a range of original historical documents.  

What to expect in the online workshop: 

In theonline workshopin your classroomstudents will discover the lives of women, through exploring documents. Children will investigate clues about three women’s achievements: a 20th century nurse, a pioneering pilot and a defender of a medieval castle. Learners engage with different types of documents and will develop skills in evidential understanding.  

Theone-hour online session in your classroomisled byan experiencedhistory educator, you only need a microphone, large screen and webcam to take part. This session is highly interactive with frequent discussions, group activities and storytelling.  

*Note we will adapt the timing of the workshop to fit with your lesson times.    

Session options

This session is delivered as a:

Workshop

at The National Archives

2 hours

Online Workshop

in your classroom

1 hour

Available:  All year.

Cost:  Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 1

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