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Jawbone of an excavated animal

Ideas and Evidence in Science: The Kirkdale Cave

How scientists work - ideas and evidence. Read More
Close up of a Catseye

Inventors and Inventions from Yorkshire

Tom Puddings, Hansom Cabs, Chronometers, Catseyes and Kilner Jars Read More
Sanderson Star Quilt

Quilts and Quilt Making from 1718 to Today

Quilts from different periods and regions and how they were made 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
Coffin case of the mummy Nesyamun

Egyptian Mummy

The Mummy of Nesyamun who lived in Thebes, Egypt, over 3,000 years ago Read More
Wimbledon Windmill

What was Wimbledon like in the past?

Learn about why Wimbledon needed a windmill Read More
Sign in Hull

History Around Hull

Explore the development of Hull through a journey down its historic High Street Read More
Drawing of a man weaving

From Wool to Cloth

Life and work in textile factories during the Industrial Revolution Read More
Medieval arches

Medieval Realms

Find out more about Medieval Life in St Mary´s Abbey, York Read More

A History of Animation

A simple explanation of moving image and animation development Read More
Victorian child apprentice

Apprentices

The lives of apprentices in Victorian factories 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
Two children researching a map

Documenting our Past

Learn how to become a local historian by researching old documents Read More
Carved faience pendant of the warrior goddess of ancient Egypt

Egyptian Sekhmet Pendant

Carved faience of the warrior goddess of ancient Egypt Read More
1900 photo of three men

Snapshot 1900: The Changing Picture of Class

Class, civic pride and leisure around 1900 Read More
Street party to celebrate VE day

Leeds in World War II

Leeds affected by air raids and citizens protecting themselves Read More
Metal sugar snips used to snip sugar from sugar cones/loaves

Bitter Sweet History - aspects of the British Slave Trade

The British Slave Trade and issues around Fair Trade today 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

WWI Prisoners of War from Lancashire Regiments

Parcels sent to British POWs in Germany Read More
Jowett car, 1910

Inventions in Transport from Bradford

Inventors and inventions in transport from Bradford. Read More
Engraving of old Leeds

Originating in Leeds

Some of the inventions and inventors who have connections with Leeds Read More
Two girl campaigners

Campaign! Slavery

Using museum collections as a stimulus for modern day campaigning Read More
Alfred Bellis

World War Two Stories from the Wakefield District

Stories of local people who served their country in WW2 Read More
Three women celebrating at the end of World War  2

Queen Coal? Why Remember Women in Post-War Mining Communities

The changing role of women in 1940s and 1950s mining communities Read More
View of part of Sandal Castle

Creative Writing at Sandal Castle

Using ruins, artefacts, documents and imagination! Read More

1776 African Youth of the Dales

Yorkshire family discover they are descendants of a slave 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
Young man in a factory

Factory Reform

C19th working conditions and the Acts of Parliament that changed them Read More
Royal Artillery Gunners belt from WWI

Killed at the Battle of Passchendaele

Gunner Lewis William Harman's belt Read More
Drawing of two people stretching cloth

Craft Made From Graft

Life and working conditions during the Industrial Revolution Read More

Object Dialogue Box at Harewood House

A resource to stimulate creative thinking through the use of objects Read More
Painting of a slave

Breaking Chains - Sheffield Civil Rights

Changes campaigning can make and how they can affect us today Read More
Bible and photograph carried to Britain by a Polish woman during World War II

Polish People in Britain after WWII

Personal stories of five Polish people who settled in Britain Read More
Prisoner badge of the 1800s

Prison and Penal Reform in the 1800s

Looking at people like Elizabeth Fry who changed conditions in prison Read More
Gold Viking Ring

Viking Ring

An important gold ring discovered by a farmer in Sedburgh Read More
Funeral cake marker

Funeral Cake Markers

Locally made hand carved wooden stamp used to decorate funeral cakes Read More
  0 Detail of a Chinese embroidered Mandarin Square

Mandarin Square

19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Embroidery Read More
Herbert Stewart's diary

Russian Revolution Diary

Diary of a tutor to the Tzar of Russia's nephews Read More

She Stoops to Conquer - 18th Century Servants and Masters

Life below and above stairs in Georgian times Read More
Model of Capt Cook's ship Resolution

Captain Cook's Travels

People and artifacts connected with explorer Captain Cook Read More

Writing to the ‘Enemy’ in WW1

A German soldier writes to a British officer’s widow Read More

She Stoops to Conquer - 18th Century Love and Marriage

Arranged marriages are not new Read More
The Grimston Sword

The Grimston Sword

A Celtic iron age sword used in battle Read More
Detail of a Maori feather cloak

Maori Feather Cloak

A Maori feather cloak, traditionally made by women for Maori chiefs Read More

She Stoops to Conquer - 18th Century Manners and Modes

Objects relating to changes in Georgian society Read More

She Stoops to Conquer - 18th Century Town and Country

New opportunities after the Great fire of London Read More
Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures banner

Queen Coal? Why Remember Women of the 1984/85 Miners' Strike

Women's role in the 1984/85 Miners' Strike 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
Detail from a painting of William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

Find out about Hull's most famous son Read More
Bucktrout and Firth Limited shop front, Bedale

Bedale 19th and 20th Century Painters and Decorators

Examining the Bucktrout and Firth businesses of Bedale Read More
Mary Queen of Scots

Txt Manor: Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield

History of Sheffield Manor Lodge via community project 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
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
Campaign flag of Richard Oastler

Richard Oastler

Campaigning against the working conditions of children Read More
Detail of a Roman Tombstone depicting a family group

Roman Tombstone

Tombstone depicting a powerful Roman family Read More
Address' on the utility of refraining from the use of 'West India Sugar and Rum'

Attitudes to slavery

How were attitudes to slavery challenged and changed over time? Read More
Drawing of St Mary's Church Nottingham where George Africanus was buried

Who was George Africanus?

Piecing together the life of Nottingham’s first black entrepreneur Read More
Spanish Schooner

William Dolben and Slave Trade Abolition

How important was William Dolben to the abolition of slavery? Read More
Sande Society rattle

Sande Society Rattle

Ceremonial rattle used by West African girls and women Read More
Chinese shoes for women with bound feet

Chinese Shoes of Pain

The custom of breaking and binding feet in China 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

Censorship and Propaganda in WWII

A look at how the government aimed to maintain morale during WWII Read More
Early photo of a woman with a baby

History of Leeds - Poverty and Riches

How the rich and poor lived in Leeds from the 17th Century to 1900s Read More
Solomon Islands carved figure

Pacific Islands figure with hat

Carved figure with Abolone Shell eyes Read More

WWI Shrewsbury Memorial Remembering Katherine Harley

A remembrance stone that includes the name of a woman Read More
Yinka Shonibare's The Wanderer is his interpretation of an horrific slave ship voyage

The Wanderer

Contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare's response to a slaveship tragedy 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
Silver vessels made by Katey Felton

Metalwork in Sheffield

An introduction to Sheffield's metalwork industry, with short films Read More

Anglo Saxon Sword Pommel

Golden jewelled object from the 7th Century Read More
Iroquois Beaded Purse

Iroquois Beaded Purse

Made by Native North Americans for the tourist trade Read More
A detail from a Javanese Shadow Puppet 'Bima'

Javanese Shadow Puppet

Made in 1994 by East Java craftsman from stiff leather parchment Read More
Chinese Tiger Shoes

Chinese Tiger Shoes

Pair of children’s shoes designed in the image of a tiger Read More
A pair of Chinese Snuff Bottles

Chinese Snuff Bottle

Decorative Qing Dynasty bottle elaborately painted on the inside Read More
Alorese bronze drum

Alorese Bronze Drum

Indonesian drums as marriage payments Read More
Sioux Warrior shirt

Sioux Warrior Shirt

Painted figures show victories over the wearer's enemies Read More
Sudanese sword

Sudanese Sword

A bloody story of Victorian Britain and an Islamic uprising Read More
M&S Staff welfare pioneer Flora Solomon

M&S Making a Mark - Flora Solomon

Champion of M&S staff welfare Read More
Archive photo of M&S in-store display of fresh pears

M&S 1930s Food Displays

Food retailing between the Wars Read More
Archive photo of Marks & Spencer Penny Bazaar

M&S Penny Bazaars

The first fixed price shops over 100 years ago Read More

M&S Birth of a Brand - Buildings and Signage

Signs reflect different periods in time Read More
Traditional Indian cotton fabric using natural dyes

Ajrakh, block printed fabric from Rajasthan

Traditional Indian cotton fabric using natural dyes Read More
Marks & Spencer Canterbury Staff: Firefighting Team 1944

M&S and the War Effort - Staff Stories

A melted cash float, firefighting ladies and wartime staff bulletins Read More
Photo of mobile dental surgery c.1915

WWI Mobile Dental Surgery

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

Palmer Cord Aero Tyres

The clever design that helped win a war Read More

Campaign, Action and Reaction in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Exploring change through local industrial history Read More

Air, Water and Energy in the Industrial Revolution

Power, production, pollution and prevention at Armley Mills in Leeds Read More

WWI Conscientious Objectors

How Richmond Castle became a prison for men who refused to fight Read More
WWII food banner

Food and Diet in WWII

Rationing advice given by the wartime Ministry of Food 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

Private William Young VC

A soldier's tragic story of loyalty and courage Read More
Cropped image of painting of soldier in steel helmet

Painting a Portrait on the WW1 Front Line

Isaac Rosenberg turned his wartime experiences into artwork and poetry Read More

Preston Takes in WWI Belgian Refugees

Belgian King rewards Preston ladies Read More

WWI Food Shortages and Rationing

The Women's Land Army - feeding the Home Front! Read More

WWI Preston Free Buffet

Refreshments on the station for sailors and soldiers Read More
Metal service whistle and embroidered epaulette

WW1 Battlefield Souvenirs

Soldiers collected objects belonging to enemy troops Read More
Painting of a woman coal miner

Queen Coal? Why should we remember Victorian mining women?

Uncovering the lives of Victorian women working in coal mining 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

Investigate Archaeology

Activities and ideas linking Archaeology and STEM 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
Children making a catapult

Crazy Catapults inspired by the Romans in Yorkshire

Learn the science of Roman catapults and build your own! Read More
Detail of a silver fish slice

Metalwork Objects in Focus, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Focusing on objects from the Metalwork Gallery, Sheffield Read More
Massim war shield

Massim War Shield

Shield from Papua New Guinea made before 1900 Read More
Bronze axe head

Bronze Age Grantham

What can Bronze age grave goods tell us about how people lived? Read More
Michael Marks, founder of M&S

M&S Making a Mark - Michael Marks

From Russian Poland to Leeds market - the founder's story Read More
Roman skull with grave goods and jewellery

Roman Skeleton's Jewellery

Young woman buried with her jewellery Read More
Detail of a Ming Dynasty carving

Chinese Warrior

Carved figure of Han Dynasty General Kwan-ti Read More
Chocolate tin supplied by British colonies to the troops in WW1

The Gift of the Colonies

How the British Empire joined the Allied Cause in WW1 Read More
Belper North Mill

Mill Workers and Owners

Investigate workers rights in the Victorian Mills of Derby 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

The Loyal North Regiment

Heavy losses at the WWI Battle of Festubert Read More
Embroidered WW1 postcard

WW1 Postcards From the Front

Silk postcards sent home by First World War soldiers Read More

First World War Army Rations

‘A Terrier’s Snap’: how a soldier made art from a WW1 army biscuit Read More
The grand staircase inside Endcliffe Hall, Sheffield

Victorian Values - Diversity

Use census records to examine Sheffield's Victorian population origins 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

Sending Eggs to Wounded Soldiers

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

Bradford's Industrial Revolution

Tracking a city's industrial and social change 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
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
M&S logo on a carrier bag

M&S Birth of a Brand - Carrier Bags

Who would have thought carrier bags had such a history! Read More
Map of medieval Grantham

Medieval Grantham

Explore what the town of Grantham was like in Medieval times 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
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
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
1900 photo of three men

Snapshot 1900: The Changing Picture of Class

Class, civic pride and leisure around 1900 Read More
Maori War Canoe

Maori War Canoe

Model of a traditional Pacific Island vessel, or Waka Taua Read More
Egyptian mummy eye

Egyptian Mummy Eye

The eye from an Egyptian mummy statue Read More
Sophia Constable aged 11 in October 1872

Crime and Punishment - Sophia Constable

The crime and punishment of an 11 year old Victorian 'young offender' Read More
Detail of a photo of men on an old locomotive

Moving Stories - Workshops and Performance

Using drama in museums to understand travel in the past Read More
Man in front of mosque in Mirpur

Migration from India and Pakistan

Explores connection between British Asians and the Grand Trunk Road 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
Photograph of  World War One soldiers

First World War stories from the Wakefield District

Stories of local people who served their country in WWI 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

The Tudors - Age of Discovery

Trade and merchants in Hull and York during the Tudor period 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
Wooden grave marker in shape of Star of David

Burying the First World War Dead

A Jewish grave marker reveals the story of front line burials in WW1 Read More

Chinese Tabard from the Qing Dynasty

Symbol of Chinese women's status 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

Christmas Gifts for WW1 Troops

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

Remember Scarborough - WWI Bombardment

How the Home Front came under attack in WW1 Read More
Hyman Rutstein

Hyman Rutstein of the Jewish Battalion

Tefillin that helped WWI soldier maintain his faith in the trenches Read More
Ice Age deer skull

Star Carr Deer Antlers

Deer skull with antlers from the last Ice Age 8,000 BC Read More
Still from the interactive Global Citizenship

Global Citizens - Make an Impact!

Looks at current issues such as Discrimination, Human Rights & Slavery Read More

Dick Kerr's Ladies FC

One of the earliest women's football teams in England 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
Group of women buying food

Everyday Life in the Industrial Revolution

Changes in daily life as Britain becomes industrialised Read More
Wax seal of Abolitionists on letter from Henry Grimston to his brother Thomas, 1792

Slavery, Abolition and the East Riding of Yorkshire

A revealing snapshot of East Yorks during transatlantic slave trade Read More
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

Tudor Clothing - Dress to Impress

Life in Tudor times seen through the clothes people wore Read More
Kutch silver tea set

Kutch Silver

Kutch silver from the centre of production in Western India Read More
Local defence wardens

Civil Defence in WWII

How accurate is the post-war portrayal of the Civil Defence? Read More
Four First World War Medals

WW1 Medal Stories

Six of our First World War Guardians and the medals they received Read More

She Stoops to Conquer - 18th Century Rich and Poor

Different life experiences in Georgian society Read More
Japanese Samurai Armour

Japanese Samurai Armour

Protective suit to scare off the enemy Read More
M&S archive notice explaining self-service shopping

M&S First Self-Service Shopping System

Innovative new ways of selling Read More
Marks and Spencer store, Leeds Briggate, 1934

M&S - Homegrown Expansion in Leeds

Modernisation in Leeds stores from the 1930s Read More
Simon Marks pictured in 1960

M&S Making a Mark - Simon Marks

Innovative leader who made M&S the high street name it is today Read More

WWI Hellfire Corner Signboard

Once described as the 'hottest place on earth' Read More

Peace Day and the Treaty of Versailles

Commemorating the end of WW1 Read More

Surviving Shell Shock in the First World War

George Burnett's story leads into an overview of shell shock in WW1 Read More
Paisley Silk Shawl

Paisley Silk Shawl

19th Century fashion item that inspired an industry Read More

Ship's Log of The Diana

The sad account of a Victorian whaling ship Read More
Sudanese sword

Sudanese Sword

A bloody story of Victorian Britain and an Islamic uprising Read More
Carved wooden bird

Carved Pacific Bird

Wooden decoration from Papua New Guinea Read More

WWI Shells Inspire the Game of Darts

Early brass dart shafts were fashioned from WWI artillery shells Read More
Painting of the unveiling of Oldham war memorial

Honouring Oldham's WW1 Soldiers

Examining a First World War memorial from different perspectives Read More

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

A popular wartime song reveals the importance of the Home Front in WWI Read More
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