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Post 16 History Workshops

The Changing Role of Women

What were 19th century views on the role of women, their education and place in society? Why did they fight for the right to vote? This session uses a range of primary sources to prompt students into considering these questions, as well as many others.

Available as an online interactive one hour session.

The Normans in Durham: Conquest and Construction

The Normans transformed Durham, building both the Castle and the Cathedral. During this visit, students will be taken around Durham Castle, looking at why it was built, how the Normans ruled their lands and the impact they had on the region. Norman power will also be looked at through their coins, document seals and weapons they used to keep control.

Available as an online interactive one hour session.

The Tudors: Revolt, Reformation and Revolution

The Tudor dynasty is one of the most critical periods in British history with society undergoing radical change from the monarchy down. During this session, students will get the opportunity to study archival material, try their hands at palaeography (reading old writing) and explore our handling collection.

Available as an online interactive one hour session.

The English Civil War

The English Civil War altered Durham's history in many ways. This session looks not only at primary sources written at the time but explores a story only recently rediscovered: the march of Scottish prisoners to Durham from the Battle of Dunbar, and the skeletons under the café.

Available as an online interactive one hour session.

The Struggle for the Vote

Universal suffrage is now almost taken for granted but is a comparatively recent development. Using a range of primary sources, this workshop focuses on key episodes in the long struggle for emancipation: 1832, 1867 and Votes for Women.

Available as an online interactive one hour session.

The First World War

The First World War still has a massive impact on society today. During this session, students will explore our handling collection, read, analyse and debate the primary sources looking at tactics, technology and everyday life.

Available as an online interactive one hour session.