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Secondary Aged Children Online Resources

Welcome to Durham University Library and Collections’ secondary online learning resources! If you’re looking to learn something new, find out more about our artefacts, or simply for something to do during this difficult time, we aim to help you do just that.

This section of our website contains videos, downloads and more based on our wonderful collections held in our museums, libraries and archives to help you learn more about them from home.

Introduction to History

What is History?

Designed to act as an introduction to the study of history at secondary school, this resource includes sections on timelines, bias and different types of source material.

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Downloadable Content

The Normans in Durham

The Normans left an incredible architectural legacy in Durham. This guide details some of the amazing Norman features that can be found in Durham Castle.

The Battle of Dunbar, the Skeletons in the Library and the English Civil War.

In 2013, archaeologists found a mass grave underneath the site of Palace Green Library. This downloadable resource details the Scottish soldiers found buried, the battle they fought in and what happened next.

The Story of Hanuman

Discover the story of the Hindu god Hanuman and find out what qualities he represents.

Online Resources

What was Slave Life Like?

This resource considers the life of slaves and asks whether Booker T Washington's description of life as "miserable, desolate and discouraging" is accurate.

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Does the ‘Middle Passage’ Deserve its Awful Reputation?

The transatlantic crossing of African slaves was described as 'agonising and insufferable'. How true was this?

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How did so many Africans become Slaves?

Using printed and manuscript material from the 18th and 19th Centuries, this resource looks at the ways by which Africans were enslaved and the reasons used to justify that enslavement.

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Remembering Slavery

An online exhibition and series of activities designed for use on Smartboards that look at different aspects of the slave trade.

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The Struggle to End Slavery

Find out what people who supported slavery thought and what motivated the anti-slavery campaigners to agitate for an end to slavery in the 19th Century.

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What was it like to Fight in the First World War?

Since the 1960s the emphasis has been on the awful conditions, the casualty rates and on the stupidity and cowardice of the 'butchering and bungling' generals. But what was it really like for the men on the Western Front?

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What was Trench Warfare?

Trench warfare has become synonymous with the First World War but what was it really like and why did it become so predominant? Find out more about the theory and reality of trench warfare.

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What Impact did New Technology have on the First World War?

The First World War witnessed many technological developments such as the use of aircraft, developments in artillery techniques, changes in methods of communication and the use of gas. This resource looks at those developments and asks what impact they had.

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What was it like to fight in the First World War?

Since the 1960s the emphasis has been on the awful conditions, the casualty rates and on the stupidity and cowardice of the 'butchering and bungling' generals. But what was it really like for the men on the Western Front?

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Population and Urbanisation: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution

This investigation focuses on the development of a small town in County Durham to demonstrate the impact of industrialisation in the 19th Century.

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Crime and Punishment in Durham

Using examples from Durham, this resource looks at the nature of crime, the purposes of punishment and the work of prison reformers.

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Project Websites

Shaping the Nation: Democracy and Citizenship

We are producing resources that support the new History GCSE curricula focusing on citizenship and revolt from Magna Carta to the Chartists.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Explore Durahm University Library & Collections Blog posts, Podcasts and more with our online community pages.

Community Groups Online Resources

YOUR VOICE

We want to hear from you, please continue to send us your feedback and ideas for the type of activities you would like to see inspired by our collections.

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