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Admin 29-01-10 19:31

History home education resources
Please use this sticky thread to post links to resources you have found useful for History. It would be helpful if you could add comments regarding age and stage suitability.

Tricia 02-02-10 15:36


We have been using this site for the past few months, it has various subjects on it, but we have been using the history pages to help with ideas of subjects we would like to learn about.

In December it had a Advent Calender, each day you went into it told the story of a different country and how it celebrated Christmas.

I know it is a school website but it is one of the nicest I have came across, it looks like they put a lot of effort into it!

moonrabbit 22-04-10 10:13

museums&galleries fun stuff
Eldest's just got interested in Egyptian mummies and found lots of fun/educational/interesting games here taken from lots of different sources:


both daughters (2 and 5) also loved this dancing egyptian mummy maths game:


Enjoy, Gemma.x

Elaine Kirk 08-05-10 19:00

Iceland was uninhabited until 900 and the site gives you a good insight into how humans came to settle there.
Another site here gives further info on early settlers with an extensive menu on the home page

Old sources imply that Hroflur (Rudolf) established a monestary at Baer in Borgarfjordur close to the year 1030. He was called back to England in 1049. There were more attempts at establishing cloisters during the early years of the church. Bishop Magnus Einarsson at Skalholt bought a part of the Westman Islands and attempted the establishment of a monestary there. He was lost in a fire in 1148 and nothing came off his ideas. Jon Loftsson at Oddi built a monestary at Keldur around the year 1190, where he wanted to spend his last years. It was probably abandoned after his death in 1197.

Elaine Kirk 10-05-10 17:18

10th May
On the 10th of May 1940 Britain occupied Iceland

A force of Royal Marines was landed in Iceland by H.M.S. Berwick and H.M.S. Glasgow on the 10th May and were received in a friendly manner by the inhabitants, though an official protest was made. Three merchant vessels (2 Swedish and 1 Danish) were found there and sent to the United Kingdom. The German Consul and staff and 20 prisoners were taken off.
...read more

Elaine Kirk 19-05-10 10:19

Face of medieval knight reconstructed by computers
The Telegraph

The face of a medieval knight who was killed 700 years ago has been revealed through state-of-the-art forensic techniques.
The mysterious skeleton was uncovered along with nine other people's remains underneath a chapel at Stirling Castle in 1997.
It is not known whether the man, who was killed during Scotland's Wars of Independence, is English, Scottish or even French, due to the fact the castle changed hands several times....cont

Sheila Struthers 20-05-10 19:31

Programme about this chappie starting on BBC2 at 9 O'clock.

Elaine Kirk 23-05-10 21:59

Copernicus reburied in Poland after 467 years
A good introduction from the Telegraph

During a Roman Catholic ritual, the remains were interred beneath the altar of Frombork Cathedral in northern Poland, where the astronomer had been the canon (head priest) and where he originally was buried in 1543.
The exact location of his grave had been lost and his remains were not conclusively identified until 2005, through the use of modern DNA testing.
Best known for his treatise "On the Revolution of the Celestial Spheres", Copernicus asserted that the earth revolved around the sun - contrary to the medieval belief that the earth was the centre of the universe.
The theory was viewed with suspicion by the Church, and his treatise was not published until 1543, the year of his death.
Eventually the theory became the cornerstone for a future generation of scientists including Kepler and Galileo, but one of its ardent advocates, Italian cleric Giordano Bruno, was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1600.

Elaine Kirk 08-06-10 08:59

Gladiators: Back from the Dead
To be shown on Monday the 14th of June on Channel 4

Now, featuring sensational new archaeological discoveries, Gladiators: Back from the Dead vividly recreates the world of the Roman arena and how six gladiators lived, fought and died.

The programme reveals how the various types of gladiator were trained in special schools, including Retiarii, who fought with nets and tridents, heavyweight Myrmillonis sword fighters, Thracians armed with special 'bent' swords, Secutors (literarily pursuers) who wore special helmets, and the Bestiarii, who fought wild animals.

The programme follows archaeologists and forensic anthropologists as they analyse dozens of Roman skeletons found in Britain over recent years: individuals who evidence shows came from across the Roman Empire.
There is a trailer for the programme on YouTube
And whilst exploring the background to the programme I came across this site -Roman Army Talk . Com-and it crossed my mind that it could be a useful resource.
And another excellent looking resource is
Heritage Keywho have an article on -
'World's Only Well-Preserved Gladiator Cemetery' Discovered in York'


Around 80 gladiators have been discovered in what experts are calling the world's only well-preserved gladiator cemetery, in the northern British town of York. The grizzly find, made ahead of modern building works since 2004, includes the skeletons of men who had been killed with swords, axes and hammers - and one who had been bitten by a tiger.
The Times article on the programme

He said that bite marks on one of the skeletons helped to steer the team to its initial theory.

“One of the most significant items of evidence is a large carnivore bite mark — probably inflicted by a lion, tiger or bear — an injury which must have been sustained in an arena context.

Elaine Kirk 16-06-10 00:03

A 'find' of Raq23's is this site fulltable


It has historical books to read online plus comics, illustrations etc etc

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