As a Knowledge Maverick, I wanted to ensure that some of the learning from History Week had a longer shelf life. I wanted to make it more widely available.
Here are some events that I organised for staff by staff
- History Week 2014 and History Week 2015 included talks, tutorials, tours, restaurant menu, a quiz and more. Subjects ranged widely and included the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, privatization, the 2008 financial crash, World War One spies, the 1975 EU referendum, UK/US special relationship, the official histories of World War One, and more.
- To mark the anniversaries of WWI and WWII, we ran a tutorial for staff to Learn to date photographs from World War One and World War Two. The information from the tutorial was developed into a website so that others might learn this too.
- To provide staff with context on the Scottish Referendum and devolution, we delivered a talk on The Story of the United Kingdom covering 1000 years of history. The presentation to which this links was developed from that talk.
There are many more instances like this.
Potential dates you might use as a hook
Did you know that:
- October is Black History Month in the UK. See its site for inspiration.
- November 11 is Remembrance Day. See the British Legion site for inspiration.
- 1914-1918 – World War One Centenary
- 1939-1945 – 75th anniversary of World War Two events
There are lots of great resources to be found online that can provoke ideas.
These websites could make highly addictive watching:
- Time Maps – a dynamic map of history
- Bomb Site – mapping the bombing of London in World War Two
- National Collection of Aerial Photography – history as seen from the skies
- Map images – access to over 100,000 high resolution, zoomable maps of the UK