Episode 50: How to be a historian – Episode 3

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future’. Theodore Roosevelt (1882 – 1945).

Welcome to Histories of the Unexpected where you will discover the history of things that you did not know had a history; like the history of pockets, or the history of sweat. For this episode let us join Viking explorer, Professor James Daybell, and the fruit ninja of medieval England, Dr Sam Willis, as they swing open the doors of museums to continue their mini-series of ‘How to be a Historian’.

This episode will focus on how to get children engaged with history, proving that there is so much more to history than what can be taught in the classroom. For instance, historical sites like the grand castles and ancient ruins may spark an interest for some, whereas, interactive activities may inspire other children to delve deeper into the subject.

James and Sam will prove that history can be fun for every child, whether it’s through a school project, pop-up museums, dance, grand palaces and castles, or even playing ‘Fruit Ninja’ with Royal Naval swords…a very safe activity, but one you may not wish to try at home!

Alternatively, you could just recommend to James and Sam the best museum for children in England!

‘Play is the highest form of research’. Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955).

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