Teacher Fellowship Programme: The People of 1381

We are pleased to be running a fully-funded Teacher Fellowship programme focused on developing the teaching of medieval history and the history of revolt, popular protest, power and the people, in partnership with The People of 1381 project team.

Preliminary research findings from The People of 1381 were featured as the cover story of the May 2021 issue of BBC History magazine

The project is focused on revealing new insights into the diverse range of people who played a part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, and will give us more detail on the lives of ‘ordinary’ people in the later Middle Ages. This programme will allow access to the new database being created, and to see at first hand how a major, multi-institution project is configured. It will also help participants to work with medieval primary sources (in translation) and draw on their professional expertise in creating teaching resources that will be of use in the classroom.

The course will be led by Helen Snelson and participants will work closely with the 1381 project team: Professor Adrian Bell (Reading), Professor Anne Curry (Southampton), Professor Andrew Prescott (Glasgow), Dr Helen Lacey (Oxford), Dr Helen Killick (Oxford) and Dr Herbert Eiden (Reading).

What does the programme involve?

With an emphasis on sustained professional development, the HA Teacher Fellowship Programme aims to bring teachers up to date with the latest historical research and how to apply this in their teaching.

The course structure is split into four stages:

  1. Three-day residential 6–8 January 2022 at Mansfield College, University of Oxford
  2. An online course, requiring three to four hours’ reading and discussion per week, which will take place from February to March 2022
  3. A one-day workshop in April 2022 to explore and agree course outcomes
  4. Development of a classroom resource on teaching 1381 and popular protest

The programme will provide the opportunity for teachers to carry out their own research into an aspect of the history of the 1381 uprising and create original learning resources to be published on the HA website, which will support the teaching of medieval history and the history of revolts.

This programme is currently taking place. Please read the following pages for reflections from the participants.

If you have any questions about this programme please email Maheema Chanrai, the HA Education and Events Officer at maheema.chanrai@history.org.uk