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The Missing Link: Early Empire and ‘Decolonising’ the Curriculum

The Thinking: If March – June 2020 was a similarity and difference enquiry and we were to play the ‘generalisation game’ with regards to our experiences of lockdown learning arguably we could safely say we have all been spending a lot of time with our screens. Whilst being admonished for my own increased screen timeContinue reading “The Missing Link: Early Empire and ‘Decolonising’ the Curriculum”

Resources to widen the Tudor World at A-Level (OCR & AQA)

Recent events have rightly heightened consciousness of the need to provide more representative and expanded curriculum in history. Quite rightly discussion has been had about GCSE and A-Level specifications, their breadth, depth and focus. Here are the ways I have worked within the confines of the AQA & OCR Tudors specifications to build representation andContinue reading “Resources to widen the Tudor World at A-Level (OCR & AQA)”

Towards ‘Race’ and slavery: bridging the gap between the Tudors and the so-called ‘Respectable Trade’

The debate surrounding the construction of ‘race’ in the early modern period is a complex and rapidly expanding field of historiography. The very usefulness of the term ‘race’ within the field is in and of itself debated. The term ‘race’ in the early modern period could at once refer to lineage, family or status andContinue reading “Towards ‘Race’ and slavery: bridging the gap between the Tudors and the so-called ‘Respectable Trade’”

Alias Rebecca

In 1613 a young woman descended the gangplank of a 130-ton ship called The Treasure. The ship, captained by Samuel Argall and owned by the aristocrat and politician Robert Rich had in the year before crossed the Atlantic in a record fifty-seven days, depositing fifty colonists in Virginia.  It had been less than three yearsContinue reading “Alias Rebecca”

Teasing out a Tapestry: Or how studying the Early Empire changed my historical perspective for life

As historians and history teachers we love a well placed analogy. For many of us the planning of a secondary curriculum will forever be planting a garden. As our curriculum evolves we will forever be pottering. Yet, alongside the weeding and planting is the process of learning history that our students are going through, whichContinue reading “Teasing out a Tapestry: Or how studying the Early Empire changed my historical perspective for life”

Five General Rules every child should get to grips with before approaching Tudor England

The inequality was real: The Tudors rigidly believed in a social hierarchy where everyone knew their place. To question it was to possibly cause the break down of society and was an extremely dangerous thing to do. At the very bottom of the Tudor social order where the ‘vagrants’ and the ‘sturdy beggars’ – theContinue reading “Five General Rules every child should get to grips with before approaching Tudor England”


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