Head of Education & Outreach The National Archives Inspire, Challenge, Support… widening access for schools to The National Archives in the UK Andrew Payne
The National Archives’ Public Task Our responsibility is for the government record, its past and future, its use and re-use, authentic, available and accessible to all
When did you last annoy a teacher?
UK History Curriculum 2007
investigate personal, family or local history in relation to a broader historical context
appreciate the role of museums, galleries, archives and historic sites
use ICT to research, process and present information about the past
History Programme of Study QCA 2007
Where do teachers get source material?
In tests 61 out of 69 student teachers at Cambridge University went straight to Wikipedia via Google
Invest in your future audience…
“ those who were taken to museums libraries, and archives as children…are more likely to visit as an adult.”
‘ Taking Part’
DCMS Report 2007
Investing in our audience for the future
Investing in our audience for the future 14,272 46% 23% 17% 2.3 million 550,000 1.3%
Archives have the power to make students think!
Memory is the residue of thought “ Your memory is not the product of what you want to remember or what you try to remember; it’s the product of what you think about” Daniel T. Willingham Why Don’t Students Like School Jossey-Bass 2009
Investigate, don’t illustrate! Use sources for enquiry-based investigations
Use key questions to drive the activity… Let the students provide the answers How did Henry VIII get up in the morning?
Historians “rummage” through sources Let students direct their own investigation www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/worldwar2
Context is everything… So whole documents are essential SP 16/488/25 The Making of the United Kingdom James Mason
Technology provides access and engagement But never forget that historical enquiry is the purpose
Design for accessibility Don’t try to bolt it on afterwards www.nationlarchives.gov.uk/education/prisoner4099
When did you last annoy a teacher? teach
Professional Development for Teachers – Online Unit with UK Historical Association
Professional Development for Teachers – Masters Degree with Roehampton University
Professional Development for Teachers – Transatlantic Teachers Programme with University of Virginia
A final thought - Treaty of Paris 1783
Treaty of Paris 1783 – Article 7
Treaty of Paris 1783 – Article 7 And shall also order & cause all Archives, Records, Deeds & Papers belonging to any of the said States or their Citizens which in the Course of the Warring have fallen into the Hands of his Officer to be forthwith Returned and delivered to the proper States and Person to whom they belong
Article 7 no longer applies!
Andrew Payne Head of Education The National Archives