Our blog page is open to anyone who would like to write about history that is controversial or contested.
What young people in Northern Ireland can teach the rest of us
December 5, 2023
...young people who have grown up in a post-conflict society (it’s now over 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed) have something valuable to teach the rest of us about how to approach the history of a conflict
Teaching the Israel Palestine conflict: a perspective from a US classroom
November 20, 2023
Tensions between students identifying with opposing groups. While these might be seen as fraught moments to be avoided by some, or difficulties to be subdued by others, for teachers of modern history perhaps these could also be seen as golden opportunities
Most politicians lie. Or do they? Even if we could find some isolated example of a politician who was scrupulously honest – former President Jimmy Carter, perhaps – the question is how to think about the rest of them. And if most politicians lie, then why are some Americans so hard on President Donald Trump?
How can history teachers help their students spot what’s fake and what’s fact?
October 19, 2023
"When I was teaching full-time, I was often struck by how long it took pupils to realise that the source skills I was teaching them had an application to the news and current affairs they were consuming."
Keep talking: a reflection on how dialogue keeps peace alive
May 9, 2023
At Agreement 25, the event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement hosted at Queen’s University Belfast, I watched as the leaders of each major political party in Northern Ireland gathered for a panel discussion.
Why and how Oliver Cromwell’s reputation has evolved
March 24, 2023
Stuart Orme is curator at the Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon. He sat down with Miriam Tomusk to discuss the shifting legacy of Oliver Cromwell, his relevance today, the work of the Museum, and working with schools and teachers.
Black History Month in the US – teaching about race when it could cost you your job.
February 20, 2023
This program is unique because it retells the history of the United States as two narratives: European American and African American. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast the two to understand how and why they diverge and converge.
What can two minutes of The Simpsons tell you about US perceptions of Cuba?
January 13, 2023
TV shows can tell us a lot about the relationships between different countries and societies. Placing a TV clip in the context of some basic knowledge about a country and its history can release a wealth of information that is otherwise easy to miss.
Where there is discord, will invoking Thatcher’s memory bring harmony?
November 22, 2022
Following the bitter and drawn-out removal of Boris Johnson Prime Minister earlier this year, the Conservative Party found itself tussling over who the next leader would be. Hannah Coltman explores, will invoking Thatcher’s memory bring harmony?
Researching our new programme on Margaret Thatcher, it became clear to me that her influence touches on almost every aspect of British life. Selecting a small number of sources was difficult due to the sheer scope of her influence and how to convey it.
This interesting new research shows that most university students feel their freedom of speech is protected at university, in fact students are more confident about their freedom of speech than the general public. It supports an earlier study suggesting that the impact of culture wars and cancel culture on Britain is exaggerated.
After engaging with hundreds of teachers over five years we have developed the scheme of work for teaching the Israel Palestine conflict. We want to help teachers teach controversial history and we try to provide the tools they’ll need to help them like schemes of work, CPD and debating opportunities for students.
The GDR – An (un)lawful state? / Die DDR – (K)ein Unrechtsstaat?
April 22, 2022
Celeste Schoenen and her students from Langerwehe, Germany have been developing a Parallel Histories debate programme in German and English about whether the GDR was ‘unrechtsstaat’ (an unlawful state).
Our Great Leaders videos examine the case for and against Churchill’s status as the greatest Briton ever. Continuing our engagement with this debate, here Richard Langworth puts forward his defence of Churchill’s legacy.
Using the Parallel Histories approach to promote debating at A Level
October 25, 2021
Elena Stevens writes about how she has integrated historical debating into her A Level and enrichment classes, and broadened the appeal of debating controversial aspects of history beyond the students already studying History A level.
“History is constructed, and it’s often constructed for a purpose”
April 29, 2021
Michael Davies was recently interviewed by Pádraig Ó Tuama for the Corrymeela Podcast. Corrymeela is Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation organisation and Pádraig leads this community, bringing interests in language, violence and religion to his work.
Diversifying the Teaching of the First World War: The Battle of Broken Hill
February 24, 2021
The massive reaction we got to Elena Stevens’ blog about diversifying the teaching of World War One is proof that teachers are looking for stories about this global war which do not come from the Western Front.