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In this clip people give tips for finding out about historical topics. Research skills such as visiting museums, handling objects, studying maps and venturing out to historic sites, such as castles are described. The importance of examining evidence with a critical eye is also explained.
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13 October 2008

Classroom Ideas

Before viewing the clip, ask pupils what handy hints they would suggest to help someone wanting to research the history of a particular place or period. List the children's ideas, then watch the clip together. Challenge members of the class to try the suggestions made in the clip (using online national libraries, using maps, viewing or modelling historical sites, treating eye-witness accounts as if the people who made them were on trial) to gain historical insights of their own. Convene as a whole class at the end of the lesson, to share any discoveries.

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