History Subject Interest Group
As part of our commitment to our partnership schools, we are inviting secondary mentors, other history colleagues and current beginning teachers to attend our Subject Interest Group (SIG) seminar. The idea behind the SIG is to provide opportunities for professional dialogue and development.
This seminar, led by Dr Sarah Holland, Assistant Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, will explore different approaches which can be taken to the study of local history.
Delving into a local history enquiry is an important component of the school history curriculum. It should be an opportunity to bring history alive for young people as they make connections between their locality and the past. Often, however, local studies are difficult to resource and can feel dry and irrelevant as a result.
Using case studies from the East Midlands, for example from the rich period of the Industrial Revolution, Sarah will explore how the stories of individuals can be harnessed to produce intriguing and stimulating local history enquiries. Together we will consider how our local studies from a range of periods can be illuminated using readily available archival material, including maps and census documents, before engaging in round table discussions reflecting on how the seminar might influence our local study design.
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