History KS2: How to use archives

Many towns and cities contain a wealth of local archive material, often in museums or town halls.

Britain also has a wealth of nationally and internationally significant archives in museums, libraries and purpose built archives.

Presented by Joe Crowley, this clip gives a taste of what kind of material is found in archives; how to access it and how to interpret it.

This clip is from the series History Hunt Episode 2.

Teacher Notes

View the clip together, then ask the class: "What kinds of information did we see?" List pupils' responses.

Ask: "Do you think there any archives in our area?" Challenge pupils to search online (or use local phone directories), to compile a list of local archives.

A nearby library can help with this task. Pairs or groups of children could be tasked with contacting some of these archives, with specific requests about sources of information on local topics, such as the history of your school.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at National 2 Level in Scotland.

More from History Hunt:

An investigation into the life and work of Muriel Matters
An investigation into the life and work of Thomas Andrews
How to interview people
How to research archive pictures
How to research film archives
How to research newspapers