Is There Any Such Thing As BritishnessPresentation Transcript
How did Britain become so diverse? Are we all immigrants really? What have immigrants contributed to British society? How was the UK formed? How were Jamaicans treated when they came to Britain? How has immigration changed Britain? Diversity Multiculturalism
By the end of this lesson you will be able to:
Explain what people in the 1940s thought about Britishness
Compare this to modern interpretations of Britishness
Explain the diversity of interpretations both at a time and over time
By the end of this lesson you will have learnt how to :
Summarise information. Breaking down lots of information into a
few key points
This lesson will benefit me because:
It will enable me to better understand the people around me and
help me think about my own national identity
Rearrange the definitions so they make sense
National Identity – the belong country feeling
to a that you
Interpretation – An account past of
the Evidence based on
Mr Old School thinks the following three images are what being British is all about
Watch the clip “Island people”
This is a clip made in 1940 during world war two.
As you watch write down as many words as you can to provide a summary of what the filmmaker thinks it means to be British
Think about whether the message of the film is about unity or diversity
Do you think the clip captures what it means to be British today?
Did it emphasise unity or diversity
Do you think all people at the time agreed with the filmmaker’s interpretation of what is British?
What was happening at the time the film was made?
What impact might the British empire have had on this interpretation?
How might this affect the
filmmaker’s interpretation of
How did your group narrow
down the list of words to ten?
What does the video suggest makes up the
What job you do
Where you live
Where you were born
What activities you do
What attributes you have
What would you add to this list?
Conservative Leader David Cameron says: “Britishness, lies in our respect for the law, a sense of fair play, help for the underdog, and in our shared history, values and institutions.”
Would these people agree with David Cameron’s account of Britain?
Do all people agree that there is a unified Britishness?
What does this tell us about any account of Britishness?
Again write down as many words as you can that sum up what this video would identify as British
In two sentences summarise what Paul Wilmhurst thinks being British used to mean?
What does he think is happening to this way of life?
What things does Wilmhurst
think make up national
Would all people in Britain agree with what Paul Wilmhurst identifies as what British used to mean?
Are there any that are similar words?
Do Island people and white tribe agree about what Britishness is?
Do all people living in the same period agree about key events, figures and ideas? If not, what word do we dive to these differences?