Curriculum - History - News

9th July 2010 at 01:00

Win tickets to People Speak event

Teachers have the chance to win tickets to a theatrical celebration of protest speeches from British history. The People Speak event will see celebrities, including actor Colin Firth, reading extracts from songs, poems, speeches and manifestos. The event will take place in London's West End on September 19 and will be filmed for a TV documentary for the History Channel. For a chance to win tickets, including an opportunity to meet one of the celebrity performers, go to

Picture the past

A family history website will give teachers the opportunity to illuminate familiar places in a new light. Historypin ( places old photos on to images from Google Street View, to show how streets and buildings looked in the past. Users who upload pictures can also tag them with dates and explanations for others to view, providing a valuable new resource for teaching local history. The site has been created by not-for-profit group We Are What We Do and access is free. Pictures have already been uploaded by several national archives, including the London Transport Museum.

Explore the roaring Forties

An exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of a series of momentous events has opened at the Imperial War Museum in London. Explore History 1940 features displays on Churchill's rise to power, the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. Exhibits include a Spitfire, one of the "little ships" used to ferry members of the British Expeditionary Force across the English Channel, and an accordion played on the beaches of Dunkirk. The museum has also opened an Explore History centre, where visitors can get up close to objects in its collection. Admission to both is free.

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