Search tips

How to find what you're looking for on the HA website

Please note that much of the content on this website is only available to members – find out about Membership

At the HA we produce a huge amount of high-quality history and education content, much of it available on our website, including past and current articles from our 5 journals and over 300 history podcasts alongside news, events, competitions, awards and local branch information. With so much content some treasures can get hidden, but our site search is here to help you find what you need.

Simple search

Type a keyword, words, phrase or part of a word into the search box ('Search the HA', top right of any page), then hit the Enter/return key or click the 'Search' button.

This will take you to a list of results. The closest matches to your search should appear at the top of the list. If the search returns a lot of results, items further down the list may not be relevant (they may just contain a small part of the word you're looking for).

Simple search is not case-sensitive.

Events are not included in site search results – you can search our events calendar here.  

We make every effort to keep the website accurate and updated, but if you do find out-of-date or incorrect content or broken links please let us know by emailing (please include the address of the page that needs amending). 

Filtering search results

You can refine or narrow your search further using the filters on the left of the results. Each filter refers to a section of the HA website (Historian, Primary, Secondary etc). Click on a filter to search specifically within that section of the website.

There are also filter sub-categories which you can use to refine your search still further: for example within 'Primary' there are sub-categories for Curriculum, Teacher Development, Subject leaders, CPD etc.

You can also combine filtering with the advanced search methods below:

Advanced search tips

  • Use double quote marks ("...") around a word or phrase to find only results that exactly match that whole word or phrase. (For example, a search for "suffrage" in double quotes will return only pages containing the exact full word, whereas 'suffrage' without quotes may return some results with only part of the word such as 'Suffolk' or 'courage'.)
  • Use AND (must be in capitals) to find only results which include both of 2 words, e.g. 'primary AND curriculum'. This will return slightly different (and fewer) results than a search for 'primary curriculum'. Note you can use more 'AND's to refine further, e.g. 'primary AND curriculum AND tudors'.
  • Use OR (capitals) to find results that include either of 2 or more words, e.g. 'primary OR curriculum'. This will return a greater number of results than an AND search.
  • Use NOT (capitals) to exclude a word or words, e.g. 'Nelson NOT Napoleon NOT Trafalgar' to find results containing the word 'Nelson' but not containing 'Napoleon' or 'Trafalgar'.

You can also combine any or all of these methods (e.g. Primary OR "curriculum" NOT "Geography"). You can also combine any or all them with filtering (see above).