Oakham School History Department
A list of useful links from Spartacus- for all historical areas
BBC Useful sites for History: 11-16 years
As you'd expect - comprehensive, well noted & searchable.
The History Channel UK Classroom
This version is run using 'Flash' graphics. If you find these irritating, go here:
http://www.the history channel/classroom/new/home5.shtml
Can be shallow but well-focused on curriculum. Some parts are good.
Also hints on exams and revision, and relevant resources.
Click here for more details of this site.
National Archives Millennium Exhibition - from 1066 to recent times.
Some fascinating examinations of key documented developments in History:
News stories from the Guardian newspaper during the 20th Century.
A rich resource of 'as it happens reporting'
Guardian Education History Site - a useful start for research
Links to period/area and a selection of the best general history links with good notes on each
BUBL LINK Catalogue of selected Internet resources for History - organised
by Dewey numbers
University of Kansas - the biggest History links site in the world!
Topmarks Education - 154 (and growing) good History links
Causation in history
How historians identify, prioritise and link factors in their investigations, and why it is important for society that they do so. by RJTarr, Wolverhampton Grammar School.
Useful ideas for essay writers.
The Julian and the Gregorian Calendars
Want to know more about time and how it has been kept using calendars? Here it all is..
Links to American magazine articles. An eclectic mix - but if the topic you are looking for is here you will find something useful.
The British section is from 'British Heritage'.
Magazine Titles: America's Civil War | American History | Aviation History | British Heritage | Civil War Times Illustrated | Columbiad | Great Battles | Historic Traveler | Military History | Military History Quarterly | Vietnam | Wild West | World War II
Guardian Millennium in 500 days
A History of 1000 A.D. to 1999 A.D., 2 years to a page with a summary every 40 years.
A fascinating resource, with links to web pages that exist on the topics covered in each year.
Start in 1000 A.D.: http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/Millennium/1,2833,-1000,00.html (it gets better!)
Or finish at 1999: http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/Millennium/0,2833,117755,00.html
England: a narrative History
As it says, in 8 sections from the prehistoric to the modern day
Britannia Prime Ministers - a biography for every Prime Minister from
Robert Walpole to Tony Blair
BBC English History Timeline
Timelines of British, English, welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland History.
Timeline of English History from 4000 B.C. to modern times, divided into 13 periods:
Neolithic | Iron Age | Roman Britain | Invaders | Normans | Middle Ages | Late Medieval | Tudors | Stuarts | Georgians | Victorian | Early 20thC | Post-WWII |
Clicking on any item in the timeline brings up a detailed paragraph below the timeline.
Useful for sorting out information on key features of a period. Language is quite advanced - nearer adult than KS3 level.
If you haven't visited the PRO site recently you will see it has been transformed.
There is a range of excellent material - especially:
Exhibitions Learning Curve exhibitions are based on topics in the History National Curriculum. They provide in-depth information, organised into galleries. Each gallery is an investigation into a theme using primary material, linked to an overall question. Interactive tasks and teacher's notes are included. Suitable for KS 3-5.
The Home Front Seven galleries investigating life on the Home Front in World War Two.
Victorian Britain: Fair or Foul ? Six galleries investigating whether Victorian Britain was "Fair or Foul".
The Great War, 1914-1918 Seven galleries investigating central aspects of the Great War and asking the question "Why did people say that the Great War had to be the war to end all wars ?"
20th Century Heroes and Villains Five galleries investigating the lives of five major personalities of the twentieth century and asking the question "Hero or Villain".
Power, Politics and Protest How and why did political rights change in 19th century Britain ?
Chertsey. What was Chertsey like in the Middle Ages?
A Medieval Cartoon. Unravel the meaning of this cartoon?
Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1500-1750
Henry VIII. How did Henry VIII get up in the morning?
The Royal Seal. What can it tell us?
Kirk-O-Fields. What happened in 1567?
Guy Fawkes. Why was Guy Fawkes tortured?
Say 'Cheese'! Queen Victoria's family photograph.
19th Century People. What can we tell from this photograph?
Past Pleasures. How did the Victorians have fun?
The 1834 Poor Law. What did people think of the New Poor Law?
The 1833 Factory Act. Did it solve the problem of children in factories?
Victorian Homes. Was there much difference between rich and poor homes?
19th Century Life. What was living in late 19th century Trimdon Grange like?
Mining Disaster. What happened at the Trimdon Grange mining disaster?
Slavery. How did the Abolition Acts of 1807 and 1833 affect slavery?
Victorian children in trouble with the law.
A Victorian Prison. Why were Victorian prisons so tough?
How We Were Taught. What was school like nearly 100 years ago?
Rob Roy. A Victorian railway accident.
The Streets of London. Late Victorian London.
School dinners. Why were school dinners brought in?.
The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. Who was on board?
Britain and the wider world after 1900
Death at Sea in WWI. Were lives wasted when the Indefatigable sank?
The Zeppelin Raids. How did First World War Zeppelin air-raids affect British civillians?
Adolf Hitler. Was Hitler a passionate lunatic?
The German occupation of the Rhineland. What should Britain do about it?
New! Chamberlain and Hitler, 1938. What was Chamberlain trying to do?
The Home Front. How did people prepare for war at home?
Assassinate Hitler. How did the British plan to kill Hitler?
Belsen Concentration Camp, 1945. What did the British find when they entered Belsen?
Bound for Britain. Experiences of immigration to the UK.
The 1966 World Cup. Did England rig the result?
An outstanding information resource. Detailed factual information on key topics, and in many areas an excellent selection of written source material:
The Medieval World
Encyclopedia of British History: 1700-1900
The Textile Industry
Child Labour: 1750-1900
Religion and Society
Trade Union Movement
Emancipation of Women
The USA 1840-1960
American Civil War
Civil Rights Movement
Encyclopedia of the First World War
Second World War
A huge site run by PBS - PBS is the United States' Public Broadcasting Service. It also has one of the best educational websites on the Internet. So far the PBS has produced more than 135,000 pages of content.
Links to sites produced to support PBS programmes.
Many solid History series on TV get shown on PBS - and get a supporting website.
Dartford West Technology College for Girls
Another's school's History site that contains useful material for Years 1 - 5 - including GCSE revision.
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Another's school's History site that contains useful material for Years 1 - 7 - including GCSE revision.
This is the best school History site you will find!