The website provides opportunities for young people to explore
the past and to recognise that the past can be represented and interpreted
in different ways.
The content has a range of viewpoints expressed by contemporary
voices. All the people here really existed and their lives are drawn from actual
records and thorough background research.
The exploration of different communities allows the pupils
to learn about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity
of London and its relationship with the rest of the world.
All the timelines featured flag up significant
people, events and places from the recent and more
distant past which have contributed to society as
The timelines can only tell some of the story of a particular
community. The content is a selection of events chosen by the writer historian.
The timelines can provide information but are in themselves interpretations
They also provide a means by which people, events
and changes can be set in to the correct periods of time.
Stories and Case Studies:
These are focused on change and continuity in
specific areas. They refer to other parts of the
world, opening up further opportunities for research and project work.
There are a wide number of social, economic, cultural and
religious perspectives reflected in the material. The stories
also explore ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women
and children in the past.
Most of the stories are based on documents held at London
Metropolitan Archives. Pupils can see some of the original documents on line
and come into contact with actual historical evidence. The provision of these
pieces of evidence allows pupils to analyse some of the reasons for,
and results of, historical events, situations, and changes. In
this way pupils can make links between events, situations and changes.
The stories also place great emphasis on the use
of correct historical dates and vocabulary.
Individuals speak out about their lives in a broad social
context. The scripts give some insight into
the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children
in the past. The individual experiences illuminate
the reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations, and
A study of maps can reveal much about changes
and development in different areas. Used alongside different
materials on the site they can help bring
the past to life.
The chance to see the original sources for the
presentations on the site brings
young people closer to the role of historical detective and enables them to
draw some conclusions of their own. Activities that are based on these documents
strengthen the correct use of historical vocabulary.
a rich source of historical evidence. They provide a different source
of information. Pictures are also representations
and interpretations of the past and reflect
the attitudes of the time.