Piecing together the puzzle: Some thoughts on historical sites


By Peter Vass, published 1st March 2005

Please note: this article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content and links may be outdated.

It is a sad fact that visits to historical sites have become a diminishing feature of primary school children's experience in recent years. Stringent health and safety regulations, tight budgets, exorbitant transport costs and the narrowing of the curriculum have all contributed to historical experiences becoming more school-based and classroom-bound. This is a great pity because many of children's most abiding memories of primary school involve trips to sites where experiencing history was set in the context of the places where it actually happened.

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