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  • 1917 – just another war film?

    31st January 2020

    First World War film 1917 was the big winner at the Bafta Film Awards this year, with seven prizes in total including best film and best British film.  'Yet another war film', some people may be thinking, but is it? When most of us think of war films it is of some...

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

    24th January 2020

    2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and death camps (those that had not already been destroyed by fleeing Nazis). The horror and devastation that greeted the liberators of the different camps could hardly be described nor quite believed even when witnessing it. While the killing...

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

    2nd January 2020

    2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and death camps (those that had not already been destroyed by fleeing Nazis). The horror and devastation that greeted the liberators of the different camps could hardly be described nor quite believed even when witnessing it. While the killing...

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  • The Georgian Papers – a virtual ‘madness’

    2nd December 2019

    Last month the Georgian Papers Programme released a new virtual exhibition available online. Exploring the myth and reality of the alleged ‘madness of King George III’, the exhibition is an interesting step in examining the past and exploring its relevance for contemporary discourses. Entitled ‘George III: the Eighteenth Century’s Most...

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  • Primary Subject Leader Area: now live

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    Visit the Primary Subject Leader Area We’ve been developing a dedicated new set of resources for primary corporate school members, which are designed to guide you through the most important elements of primary history subject leadership. The first set resources are now live, and new guides will be added every 4-6 weeks to...

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  • Investigating Aspects of the History of Kent at Key Stage 3

    19th November 2019

    These new resources were developed by Archbishop’s School, Canterbury as a synoptic unit for pupils at the end of Key Stage 3 but they can easily be adapted for younger or older pupils. They consist of 9 ‘snapshots’ of important episodes from the History of Kent, ranging from the arrival...

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  • Primary History 83: Out now

    11th November 2019

    Read Primary History 83 Editorial Once again we have a wide variety of articles to pique your interest and suggest new ideas or approaches that you might try out in school. I am constantly impressed by the sheer range of contributions that we receive for this journal. While you will...

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  • Primary History 83: Out now

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    Access Primary History 83 – Free to HA Primary Members Editorial Once again we have a wide variety of articles to pique your interest and suggest new ideas or approaches that you might try out in school. I am constantly impressed by the sheer range of contributions that we receive for...

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  • The Berlin Wall – 30 years on

    1st November 2019

    The Berlin Wall was one of the most important symbols of the political and ideological divisions in Europe during the Cold War. The physical presence of a wall that quite literally cut a city, a country and Europe into two sides was a constant reminder of how separate East and...

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  • The poppy and remembrance

    1st November 2019

    Historian Paula Kitching reflects on the enduring symbol of the poppy. It’s that time of year again when people start to pin a poppy to their lapel. Throughout late spring and summer the poppy grows wild all over Europe, and then for a few weeks each year the poppy stops...

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  • Write your own Historical Fiction 2019 – The Winners!

    17th October 2019

    This year we had a wonderful response, with more entries than ever before from secondary schools. There was also an excellent response from primary schools and in both categories entries came from International schools as well as schools in the UK – so a BIG WELL DONE to everyone who...

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  • Black History Month 2019

    1st October 2019

    Black History Month is now a well-established part of the year, with many schools and communities using the month as a way to celebrate Black culture as well as individuals from the Black communities and no longer just as a way to campaign for greater inclusion. Here at the HA...

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  • Great new sponsor for the Great Debate

    1st October 2019

    We are pleased to announce that BBC History magazine and BBC World Histories have teamed up with the Historical Association to sponsor the Great Debate – one of the country’s leading speaking competitions for 15 to 18 year olds. The Historical Association has been running the Great Debate for over...

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  • Teaching History 176: Out now

    1st October 2019

    Read Teaching History 176 Widening Vistas "History is like a palimpsest, a medieval parchment in which, as the ink of one set of writing faded, another document was written on top of it, until over the years several layers of writing accumulated, one on top of the other…" In this...

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  • Modern China at 70

    1st October 2019

    Right now some of you are thinking ‘but China is far older than 70’, and while you are correct, the China we know today – Modern China – is indeed only 70 years old. The Ancient China of the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and priceless Ming vases was upended and...

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  • Historical anniversaries calendar

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    Historical anniversaries can be a great way to get children and young people interested in a subject or to raise awareness about a particular issue. This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality history and education resources along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of...

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  • Remembering and celebrating

    27th September 2019

    Congratulations to Charlotte Lee who got married earlier this year and decided to remember her late father in the most incredible way. Stephen J Lee was Head of History at Bromsgrove School in Birmingham, UK. His publications include Russia and the USSR (Routledge, 2005) and Hitler and Nazi Germany, 2nd...

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  • Young Historian Awards 2019 – Winners

    16th September 2019

    Each year the Historical Association partners with The Spirit of Normandy Trust to award young historians who have shown excellent knowledge and demonstrated historical argument around a subject associated with a series of themes. The competition is divided into age brackets and the entry at secondary level is by essay judged...

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  • Catch up with the new-look HA News

    10th September 2019

    Welcome to the first of a new format for HA News, with a new look, a new editor, and a new feature article exploring historical anniversaries and themes. HA News now also includes Tony Badger's President's Column. The latest edition also includes updates from the HA plus our education team and committees, news of Jubilee Fellows for...

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  • Battle of Arnhem Anniversary

    2nd September 2019

    This September marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem in 1944 - otherwise known as Operation Market Garden. Launched on 17 September, it was an Allied attack to take further parts of Western Europe from Nazi control and continue the push created over the summer. Building on the successes...

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