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Investigate Archaeology

Activities and ideas linking Archaeology and STEM Read More
Engraving of Victorian children

Through a Victorian Child's Eye

How home and school life was for Victorian children in Huddersfield Read More
Children making a catapult

Crazy Catapults inspired by the Romans in Yorkshire

Learn the science of Roman catapults and build your own! Read More
An Ancient Greek bust of Medusa the Gorgon

Ancient Greeks: Everyday Life, Beliefs and Myths

KS2 resource on how the Ancient Greeks lived using real artefacts Read More
The bandages of the Leeds Mummy, Nesyamun

Ancient Egyptians: Objects from Daily Life

The daily life of ordinary Egyptians investigated through objects Read More
Wimbledon Windmill

What was Wimbledon like in the past?

Learn about why Wimbledon needed a windmill Read More
Lead mining in the Dales

Lead Mining in the Yorkshire Dales

Lead mining, a major industry in the Northern Pennines 1650 to 1900 Read More
Reconstruction of the Viking town of Jorvik

Multicultural York: The Vikings

Meet Viking characters and discover more about their world! Read More
The Coppergate helmet found in York in 1982

Multicultural York: the Anglo-Saxons (AD400-866)

The Anglo-Saxon period saw enormous changes in language and culture Read More
Sign in Hull

History Around Hull

Explore the development of Hull through a journey down its historic High Street Read More
WWII food banner

Food and Diet in WWII

Rationing advice given by the wartime Ministry of Food Read More
Sioux Warrior shirt

Sioux Warrior Shirt

Painted figures show victories over the wearer's enemies Read More
Avenham Lane in 1862  with a wide street and grand houses.

Victorian Homes in Preston

Looking at sources to discover more about Victorian homes in Preston Read More
Young Sheffield steel worker

A Day in the Life of a Young Sheffield Steel Worker

Life changes in the Sheffield steel industry since Victorian times Read More
Victorian Grocers

Victorian School and Work in Preston

Find out about school and work life in Preston in Victorian times Read More
A family sitting in an early open top car

Victorian Transport in Preston

Uses photographs to explore transport in Victorian times Read More
Street party to celebrate VE day

Leeds in World War II

Leeds affected by air raids and citizens protecting themselves Read More

1776 African Youth of the Dales

Yorkshire family discover they are descendants of a slave Read More
Woman cooking in the 1950s

Food Photographs of Post War Britain

Food, diet and family life in Post-War Britain Read More
Three Victorian boys

Victorian Voices

Children's voices about working conditions in Victorian Sheffield Read More
Detail from a painting of William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

Find out about Hull's most famous son Read More
View of part of Sandal Castle

Creative Writing at Sandal Castle

Using ruins, artefacts, documents and imagination! Read More
Rescue workers at Ferensway bombsite, Hull

The Hull Blitz

Explore life in Hull during WW2 Read More
Painting of Matlock Bath

Victorian Work and Leisure in Matlock Bath

Compare the worlds of the lead miner and the Victorian day-tripper Read More
Science classroom in Huddersfield in 1890s

Education at Heritage Quay

Exploring education heritage using the archives at Heritage Quay. Read More
Victorian washing equipment

The Victorian Servant

Find out about the life of a Victorian servant at Shibden Hall Read More

The Home Front Legacy: Air, Land and Coast

A suite of resources covering the Home Front Read More
Detail from an old photo of children in Preston 100 years ago

Preston: Past and Present

Explore the City of Preston in Lancashire, now and in the past. Read More
Children maypole dancing

Entertainment and Hobbies in the 1950s

Find out what people did in their spare time in the 1950s Read More
Young man tuning family radio during leisure time in the home during the 1950s

Family Life in the 1950s

What life was like for families and children in the 1950s Read More
1950s magazine cover

Fashion in the 1950s

What did people wear in the 1950s? Who were the icons of the time? Read More
Woman working at a machine in a textiles factory in Leeds

Working in the 1950s

Take a glimpse at what it was like to work in Yorkshire in the 1950s Read More
Drawing of two people stretching cloth

Craft Made From Graft

Life and working conditions during the Industrial Revolution Read More
Drawing of a man weaving

From Wool to Cloth

Life and work in textile factories during the Industrial Revolution Read More
Transport Explorer online interactive game

Transport Explorer

An animated interactive explains how trains, boats and cars work Read More
Selection of WW1 autograph books from the York & Lancaster Regiment

First World War Friendship Book

Wartime messages by soldiers of the York and Lancaster Regiment Read More
Group of women buying food

Everyday Life in the Industrial Revolution

Changes in daily life as Britain becomes industrialised Read More
Campaign make an impact logo

Campaigners Make an Impact in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Using Yorkshire's History to Change Your World Read More

Victorians - Painting the Past

Explore everyday life in Victorian Britain through paintings Read More
Gift tin of chocolate sent to York servicemen at Christmas WW1

York Chocolate Sent to WWI Soldiers

Raising soldiers' morale during Christmas 1914 Read More
Victorian families at a soup kitchen

Victorian Values - Citizenship and Local Democracy

Helping the needy and Electoral reform in Victorian Sheffield Read More
Image of zeppelin air ship over a town at night

Air Raids on the WW1 British Home Front

How German Zeppelin attacks brought the fighting to British civilians Read More
Gold Viking Ring

Viking Ring

An important gold ring discovered by a farmer in Sedburgh Read More
Roos Carr figures

Roos Carr Figures

Carved figures made from Yew by a Celtic warrior 2600 years ago Read More
The Grimston Sword

The Grimston Sword

A Celtic iron age sword used in battle Read More
North American Chiild's Moccasins

Native American Moccasins

North American Indian beaded children’s moccasins Read More
Bronze axe head

Bronze Age Grantham

What can Bronze age grave goods tell us about how people lived? Read More
Amy Johnson and her husband

Amy Johnson's Logbook

Notes from the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia Read More
Ancient Egyptian Funerary Boat

Ancient Egyptian Funerary Boat

A wooden boat associated with death customs Read More
Hull Hebrew Communal School 1990

The Jewish Community in Hull

A local history study of social and cultural change Read More
Model of Capt Cook's ship Resolution

Captain Cook's Travels

People and artifacts connected with explorer Captain Cook Read More
Hallaton Treasure

Hallaton Treasure and the Romans

Explore the Iron Age and the Romans through the Hallaton Treasure Read More
Midland Railway Coat of Arms

Rise of the Midland Railway

Explore the impact the growth of the Midland Railway had on Victorians Read More
Detail from WWII government poster telling people to carry gas masks at all times

What was it like to be a World War II Evacuee?

Explore primary sources to discover what life was like as an evacuee Read More
Detail from portrait photo of Harry Oldham in WW1 uniform

Harry Oldham Passchendaele Survivor

First World War soldier rescued from the mud of No Man's Land Read More
Map of medieval Grantham

Medieval Grantham

Explore what the town of Grantham was like in Medieval times Read More
Humber Bridge

History and Construction of the Humber Bridge

Includes an activity to build your own bridge in school Read More
The word Henry written in Tudor handwriting

Henry's Hull

Explore the fiery relationship between Henry VIII and the town of Hull Read More
Four First World War Medals

WW1 Medal Stories

Six of our First World War Guardians and the medals they received Read More
Photograph of Beverley citizens in the early 1900s

Today's Citizens, Past Lives at Beverley

19th Century life in Beverley understood through historical documents Read More
Image from Yong's China Quest

Yong's China Quest adventure game Level 1

Adventure game about Chinese history from 500 BCE to the Olympics Read More
Victorian funeral cortege

Victorian Values - Health and Environment

Living conditions, disease and sanitation in Victorian Sheffield Read More
Victorian policeman turning children away from a soup kitchen

Victorian Values - Crime and Punishment

Examine real life cases from Victorian Sheffield using archive records Read More
1950s cook book

Food in the 1950s

Discover what people grew, cooked and ate in post-WW2 Yorkshire Read More
Image from Yong's China Quest

Yong's China Quest adventure game Level 2

Adventure game about Chinese history from 500 BCE to the Olympics Read More
Detail from William Segar - A Noblewoman, 1590

The Painted Lady - Tudor Portraits at the Ferens

What can we learn about the Tudors from their art? Read More
Women on factory production line during WWII

Women at War: The role of women during WWII

Overview of women's war-work, illustrated by East Midlands archives Read More
Wartime recipe book

What Did WWII Children Eat?

The effect the war had on children's health and diet Read More
Museum staff c.1878

Victorian Museum at Nottingham Castle

Discover how and why a new gallery was created in the Victorian times Read More
Handwritten letter from 9 year old boy to Lord Kitchener 1914

Alfie Knight's Letter to Lord Kitchener

Nine year old Dublin boy responds to WWI recruitment drive Read More
Palaeolithic Handaxe

Palaeolithic Handaxe

Quartzite tool from Somalia made about 1.5 million years ago Read More
Paisley Silk Shawl

Paisley Silk Shawl

19th Century fashion item that inspired an industry Read More
Refugee doll

German Refugee's Doll

One lady's special reminder of her childhood before WWII Read More
Iron Age Gold coin of the Celtic Parisi

Iron Age Gold Coin of the Celtic Parisi

Money, currency and bartering to get the things you want Read More
Image courtesy of Linda Middleton from the Leodis website

Leeds West Indian Carnival

All about the oldest authentic Caribbean carnival in Europe Read More
Three WW1 aircraft

First World War Aviation

Discover WW1 aircraft and design your own for a top secret mission! Read More
Child worker in a Mill

Terrible Times for Children during Bradford's Textile Revolution

A history of child workers in textiles in Bradford. Read More
Comb carved from bone, made by Australian aborigines

Aborigines, Maoris and Hull's whaling industry

Hull's whaling industry linked to different Australasian cultures Read More
The grand staircase inside Endcliffe Hall, Sheffield

Victorian Values - Diversity

Use census records to examine Sheffield's Victorian population origins Read More
Egyptian mummy eye

Egyptian Mummy Eye

The eye from an Egyptian mummy statue Read More
Image from the Mary Seacole interactive

Mary Seacole

The life of Mary Seacole and how she helped soldiers in the Crimea Read More
Painting of Church Farm Museum

A Victorian Farm in Action

Resources and teaching ideas for Church Farm Museum, Skegness Read More
Photograph of evacuees arriving at Bingham

Children's Experiences during WWII

What was it like to be a child during WW2? Read More
Flag for the sailors and soldiers free buffet at Preston

British Values in Action: Tea for the Troops

This resource explores a historical example of local volunteering Read More

Anglo Saxon Sword Pommel

Golden jewelled object from the 7th Century Read More
Roman skull with grave goods and jewellery

Roman Skeleton's Jewellery

Young woman buried with her jewellery Read More
M&S Bromley 1980s

M&S Heart of the High Street - Bromley

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More
Seagull heart with pins sticking in it

Seagull Heart with Pins

A charm thought to ward off evil witches' spells Read More
M&S Exeter High Street 1951

M&S Heart of the High Street - Exeter

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More
M&S Staff welfare pioneer Flora Solomon

M&S Making a Mark - Flora Solomon

Champion of M&S staff welfare Read More
M&S 125 Anniversary shop window display

M&S Birth of a Brand - Campaign Case Study - 125 Anniversary

How M&S celebrated 125 years of being in business in 2009 Read More
Photo of mobile dental surgery c.1915

WWI Mobile Dental Surgery

Providing dental treatment to soldiers fighting in France Read More
Set of Palmer cord tyres

Palmer Cord Aero Tyres

The clever design that helped win a war Read More
Bible with WWI bullet embedded in it

WWI Soldier Frederick Peil saved by his bible

German bullet lodged in the bible of a Cumbrian soldier from Ireby Read More

WWI Shrewsbury Memorial Remembering Katherine Harley

A remembrance stone that includes the name of a woman Read More

Dick Kerr's Ladies FC

One of the earliest women's football teams in England Read More

WWI Prisoners of War from Lancashire Regiments

Parcels sent to British POWs in Germany Read More
Valley Gardens tea house in Harrogate

Tea for the Tea House - Then and Now

Tea and tea houses in the Edwardian era Read More
Two boys in Tudor ruffs

Tudor Drama - The Stranger's Case

Bringing a Tudor house to life to illustrate past religious tensions Read More
Model of Wimbledon Windmill

Wimbledon's windmill and its past

The what, why and how of windmills related to Wimbledon's windmill Read More
Still from the interactive about the Fire of London

Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London of 1666

Learn about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London of 1666 Read More
Funeral cake marker

Funeral Cake Markers

Locally made hand carved wooden stamp used to decorate funeral cakes Read More
Victorian classroom re-enactment

Victorian School Teacher’s life: Log Books and the 1901 Census

Discover the life of a teacher through original primary sources Read More
Detail of an Iron-age Scabbard from around 70AD

Celtic Weapons Store

Iron age swords, scabbards and spearheads Read More
Ceramic vessel moulded in shape of Roman Empress Julia Domna

Julia Domna Head Pot

A vessel moulded in the shape of the wife of Roman Emperor Severus Read More
Australian Aboriginal spear thrower

Australian Aboriginal Spear Thrower

Multi-purpose gadget does it all Read More

Unveiling the Preston WWI Memorial

Remembering so many... Read More

George Bissill - Miner, Soldier and Artist

An artist's response to the trench tunnels of WWI Read More

Christmas Gifts for WW1 Troops

A wartime charity helped soldiers celebrate Christmas in the trenches Read More

Sending Eggs to Wounded Soldiers

How the National Egg Collection Scheme helped WW1 soldiers in hospital Read More

'It's a Long Way to Tipperary...'

A popular wartime song reveals the importance of the Home Front in WWI Read More
Parcel of fabric with handwritten labels attached

Designing WW1 military uniforms

KS2-3 Arts/History activities on how British Army uniform became khaki Read More
A painting depicting the Preston by-election of 1862.

British Values in Action: Votes for Working Men

Exploring the development of democracy in Britain Read More

Drawing the First World War

Convalescing soldiers’ artworks reveal snapshots of wartime life Read More
Jewish refugees newly arrived in Hull

Jewish Emigration to Britain

Local history study of Hull’s Jewish community Read More
Box of WW1 ephemera belonging to WAAC member

Crafting for Victory

How school children and WAACs helped the war effort Read More

M&S Timelines - Menswear

A snapshot of M&S menswear developments through time Read More
M&S Manchester Market Street 1931

M&S Heart of the High Street - Manchester

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More
M&S Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton Road 1962

M&S Heart of the High Street - Barrow-in-Furness

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More
Engraving of a workhouse

Healthy Eating and the Workhouse

Food and diet in the Victorian Workhouse. Read More

The Tudors - Age of Discovery

Trade and merchants in Hull and York during the Tudor period Read More
WW1 St Dunstan's collection box

Blind Veterans of the First World War

How a new charity was founded in WW1 to help blinded ex-servicemen Read More
Image from Yong's China Quest

Yong's China Quest adventure game Level 3

Adventure game about Chinese history from 500 BCE to the Olympics Read More
Two children researching a map

Documenting our Past

Learn how to become a local historian by researching old documents Read More
Drawing of children pushing cart and trapper in mine

Children at Work

Working conditions for children in factories, mills and mines Read More
Local defence wardens

Civil Defence in WWII

How accurate is the post-war portrayal of the Civil Defence? Read More
WWI trench art object made from brass shell casing and bullets

Trench Art from World War One

Art objects made from shell casings by WWI soldiers Read More
UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire Village

Saltaire - Victorian Model Town, Then and Now

A World Heritage Site now, life improvements 150 years ago Read More
Black and white image of a First World War soldier posing for a studio photograph

How the First World War affected families

The aftermath of the war for soldiers’ loved ones Read More

Life in the WW1 Hospital

Temporary wartime hospitals created during 1914-1918 Read More
Pile of letters and photograph of a WW1 soldier

Losing a Loved One in WW1

How did relatives get news of a soldier’s death? Read More

Society of Women Welders Badge

A WW1 campaign for equal pay Read More
Factory rules poster from Thomas Ainsworth and Sons Cotton Mill, Preston, 1840s.

British Values in Action: Protest and Punishment

Exploring a historical example of a protest by workers Read More
black and white photograph of condemned house

Hull-istic Medicine: Public Health through Time

Explore Hull's health from the middle to the modern ages Read More

The Raging Romans

Everday life including rulers, war, food and sexism Read More

Home Front - the civilian war effort

How children contributed to the war effort Read More
Illustration of a miner working underground in Victorian England

Coal Mining and the Victorians

The stories of child workers who laboured underground Read More
Black and white photograph of young man in striped football jersey

Donald Simpson Bell's Victoria Cross

The story of the first footballer to volunteer in WW1 Read More
Samian ware pottery

Roman Grantham

What can Roman artefacts tell us about the way the Romans lived? Read More
Chinese tomb figure of a camel

Natural Decoration and Lotherton Hall

How nature has influenced the decoration of historic houses Read More
Killer whale souvenir plate

Killer Whale Souvenir Plate

How killer whales got their name Read More

Goathland as a Contrasting Locality

An example of a good 'contrasting locality' for KS2 Geography Read More
Head of an Egyptian Mummy coffin

A Step by Step guide to Egyptian Mummification

Why and how ancient Egyptians preserved their bodies for eternity Read More
Humpback Whale

Voyage to the Arctic: A Whaler's Tale

Find out about Hull's Whaling Heritage! Read More
Head of Nesyamun

Ancient Egypt: Death and the Afterlife

About Nesyamun, an Egyptian mummy and Egyptian objects Read More
Fenella, the Holmfirth Tiger

The Holmfirth Tiger

The story of a circus tiger reared in Holmfirth, in the 1940s Read More
View of Corby Steelworks at dusk

Stories from the Steelworks: Corby Steelworks inspiring creativity

Explore memories of Corby Steelworks as a basis for creativity Read More
Detail of Songster war horse grave marker

Grave Marker for Songster, the Oldest War Horse

Served with Leicestershire Yeomanry in First World War Read More
Metal service whistle and embroidered epaulette

WW1 Battlefield Souvenirs

Soldiers collected objects belonging to enemy troops Read More

First World War Army Rations

‘A Terrier’s Snap’: how a soldier made art from a WW1 army biscuit Read More

Female Munitions Workers in WW1

Thousands of British women took on dangerous jobs in wartime factories Read More
A narrow boat on the canal

Life on the Canal: The Rise and Fall of Victorian Canals

What was it like to live and work on the canal in Victorian times? Read More
Black and white photograph showing a Labour party rally from 1910

Politics at Heritage Quay

This resource uses the archives at Hertiage Quay to explore politics. Read More
1914 cartoon of a lion

WW1 Autograph Book

Images and stories from a military hospital autograph book Read More
Archive photo of Marks & Spencer Penny Bazaar

M&S Penny Bazaars

The first fixed price shops over 100 years ago Read More
Gold pocket watch from 1914

Joseph W Giardelli's WWI Pocket Watch Case

Sent from his colleagues at the Royal Mint in 1914 Read More

Story of a WW1 Nurse

Discover Ursula Lascelles' experiences as a VAD in WW1 Read More
Army leave and railway ticket dated 14.10.1917

The Wagoners’ Special Reserve

WW1 volunteers who helped feed and equip Front Line soldiers Read More

M&S Timelines - Womenswear

A snapshot of M&S womenswear developments through time Read More
M&S Glasgow Argyle Street 1925

M&S Heart of the High Street - Glasgow

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More
Two Hull trawlermen

Local Heroes: Hull's Trawlermen

Find out about Hull's rich fishing heritage Read More
17th Century Scolds Bridle

Scold's Bridle - justice for women 400 years ago?

A punishment for 'troublesome' women over 400 years ago Read More
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

Tudor Clothing - Dress to Impress

Life in Tudor times seen through the clothes people wore Read More
Neolithic axe

Neolithic Axe

Axe made from a type of stone called Jadeite Read More
Coffin case of the mummy Nesyamun

Egyptian Mummy

The Mummy of Nesyamun who lived in Thebes, Egypt, over 3,000 years ago Read More
Papplewick Pumping Station

The Wonder of Water: Papplewick Pumping Station and the Victorians

Explore a Victorian water pumping station and its design Read More
Chinese Bound Foot Shoes

In Your Shoes

Who wore this shoe? And why is it designed in this way? Read More

Cave Hunter

Become an Ice Age Detective and see what you can spot in the cave Read More

WWI Shells Inspire the Game of Darts

Early brass dart shafts were fashioned from WWI artillery shells Read More
Japanese Samurai Armour

Japanese Samurai Armour

Protective suit to scare off the enemy Read More
Detail of the Rudston Venus Mosaic

Rudston Venus Mosaic

From a 4thC Roman Villa discovered in East Yorkshire Read More
Marks and Spencer store, Leeds Briggate, 1934

M&S - Homegrown Expansion in Leeds

Modernisation in Leeds stores from the 1930s Read More

Preston Takes in WWI Belgian Refugees

Belgian King rewards Preston ladies Read More
Hyman Rutstein

Hyman Rutstein of the Jewish Battalion

Tefillin that helped WWI soldier maintain his faith in the trenches Read More
M&S Bishop Auckland Newgate Street 1920s

M&S Heart of the High Street - Bishop Auckland

Using primary sources to examine changes in local stores over time Read More

Serapis Dedication Tablet

Evidence of a Roman temple in York Read More
WW1 1916 programme for an event held at Bradford Technical College

Entertainment on the WW1 Home Front

Raising morale and funds for the war effort Read More
Mansfields Shoemaking Factory, Northampton c.1900

Victorian Shoemakers in Northampton

1,800 handmade shoemakers resist mechanisation Read More
Silver wafer box from York Minster

York Minster Wafer Box

Given in memory of a soldier who died in WWI Read More

Unveiling the Preston WWI Memorial

Remembering so many... Read More
Group photograph of the Leeds Pals

Remembering the Pals Battalions

The Leeds Pals in the First World War Read More

M&S Timelines - Food

A snapshot of M&S food developments through time Read More

Sport at Heritage Quay

Exploring sporting heritage using the archives at Heritage Quay. Read More

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