Primary History 93: Out now

The primary education journal of the Historical Association

By Paul Bracey (editor), published 13th March 2023


Read Primary History 93

The coronation of Charles III in May 2023 will encompass a symbolic event which is an unpreceded experience for anyone under the age of 70. However, its significance goes back to the distant past and forms part of our understanding of the nature and role of the monarchy. In this edition Karin Doull’s article makes reference both to coronations in the past and to symbolism associated with the ceremony, building on articles in Primary History 92 which focused on the passing of the Crown in 2022.

The monarchy provides a central thread when looking back at changes and continuities within our national past. This said, it is but one of many strands which encompass the diversity and significance of peoples’ experiences in the past. Polly Gillow considers what makes particular people and events significant and how this relates to our understanding of the past. Tim Lomas provides a timely consideration of the anniversary of the Beeching Report and its implications for railways. Emily Rotchell provides an insight into ways in which changes in everyday transport can be brought alive with early years children. The tale of Robin Hood is a mixture of fragmentary evidence, myths and stories which Matthew Sossick has related to children at Key Stage 1. Richard Harrison and Nichola Philpott respectively show how the Amesbury and Acropolis archaeological evidence contributes to an understanding of the past.

Several articles focus on the way in which the past cannot be neatly defined within geographical contexts or experiences. Karin Doull’s study of Baghdad and its links and connections with different parts of the world demonstrates the importance of relating specific historical topics within a wider geographical context. Finally, articles undertaken by myself, Penny Byrne and Helen Otterwell provide an insight into the values of appreciating the different experiences of people in different parts of ‘these islands’ to enhance an understanding of the complexity of the past.