Welcome to the Huge History Lesson

Last year we challenged schools around the UK to choose a museum object, carry out a historical enquiry and share their findings with us in their own special way. Thank you for all of your wonderful submissions, which included videos, a comic book, and even a WhatsApp conversation!

The winning entry came from Coopers Edge School in Gloucester, who chose a Typhoon fighter plane from their local museum and created a video to show what they learned. We met the students as they told us about their investigation into this object at school and at the Jet Age Museum. They also extended their historical enquiry with a visit to the British Museum which included a behind-the-scenes tour.

We hope you enjoy our short film about the winning school as well as the original entries from Coopers Edge and the runners up, who were:

If you’re feeling inspired, why not learn how to carry out a historical enquiry yourself and discover how objects can open up the past? Share your ideas with us @tesResources and @BM_Schools on Twitter.

(Films are best viewed in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome)

© Benedict Johnson
© Society of Antiquaries of London
© Benedict Johnson
© Benedict Johnson