History GCSE / National 5: The Guildford Sit-in of 1968

Teenage student Claudia, from Guildford, meets former students who took over the Guildford School of Art in 1968 in what became Britain’s longest ever student sit-in.

Through their testimony, Claudia discovers how at the time students were in the forefront of major protest movements around the world, campaigning against the Vietnam War, racial discrimination and academic freedoms.

She discovers how these protests helped to shape modern Britain.

This clip is from the series Exploring the Past: Protest.

Teacher notes

  • Ask students to produce a series of leaflets which the students might have produced during the sit-in.

  • The leaflets should spell out the main aims of the protesters and their attitudes towards the authorities.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History. This topic appears in GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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