GCSE / National 5 History Teacher Resources
Free teacher classroom resources suitable for use in history lessons with secondary school students at Key Stage 4 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and at National 4 and 5 in Scotland.
Andrew Marr's History of the World
A series of short documentary-style films in which Andrew Marr looks at key moments and people from history.
Medicine Through Time
A series of short animated films looking at the development of medicine, from the medieval period to modern medicine, as well as some of the significant individuals.
A series of short films where David Olusoga investigates the lives and experiences of migrants to and from Britain throughout history.
The Story of China
A series of short films exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years.
In this series of short films, Jeremy Paxman travels the world exploring different aspects of the British Empire.
Exploring the Past: Post War Britain
In this series of short films, six 15-year-olds trace their family histories and find out what life was like in post-war Britain.
Exploring the Past: The history of protest in the UK
Three teenagers investigate significant examples of protest by ordinary people near where they live that have helped shape the recent history of Britain. In this series of short films they explore the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, the Jarrow March of 1936 and the Guildford Sit-in of 1968.
Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
In these series of short documentary-style films, historian David Olusoga explores new historical evidence of slavery in 1830s Britain.
A collection of interactive articles about the people, movements and projects that have improved our lives.
Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways
Dan Snow examines the development of the railways from their beginnings as track-ways for coal carts in the early 18th century to the pivotal technology for modern Britain.
Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here
In this series of short films Professor Jeremy Black explains the unique economic, social and political factors that helped Britain transform itself almost entirely by the 19th century.
The Genius of Invention
Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik examine the inventions that led to the electrical, the transport and the communication revolutions that shaped the modern world.
Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time
Margaret Mountford turns detective to tell the story of Pompeii and the legendary volcanic disaster that left its citizens preserved in ashes to this very day.
How did slave-owners shape Britain?
Discover who Britain's forgotten slave-owners were and how their actions still impact our lives today.
How do you get to Viking Valhalla?
Viking Valhalla was a hall in Asgard where the god Odin welcomed warriors after they were slain in battle.
Why should I care about 1066?
The legacy of this brutal conquest - the last time England was successfully invaded – pervades many aspects of our language and culture today.
Queen Victoria: The woman who redefined Britain’s monarchy
Queen Victoria restored the reputation of the British monarchy tarnished by the extravagance of her royal uncles. Learn about her long reign with this timeline of her life.
How do you solve the mystery of Tutankhamun's death?
The mystery of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s death has captivated since his tomb was first uncovered in 1922. What’s the truth about how he died?
Guy Fawkes: Why do bonfires still burn 400 years on?
An interactive article looking at why we light Guy Fawkes effigies on bonfires on November 5th. Plus how Gunpowder Treason Day became fireworks night over 400 years.
How did Henry VIII use sex and power to secure his legacy?
This interactive guide explores the lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell, and looks at how they shaped Tudor England.
How could you survive in Tudor England?
An interactive guide exploring how Tudor king Henry VIII ruled at a time when the average life expectancy was just 35 years old.
Ten Chapters of the Northern Ireland Troubles - BBC Rewind
Multi-media stories told using primary source material from BBC News archive, including rediscovered archive of everything from the civil rights marches of the 1960s to the ceasefires of the 1990s. Contains some scenes that some people may find upsetting.
World War One
I Was There: The Great War Interviews
A powerful collection of interviews and stories filmed in the 1960s, told through the eyes of World War One veterans and civilians.
Kate Adie's Women of World War One
A collection of short films looking at how World War One changed society and women's lives.
Jeremy Paxman: The Great War
In this series of short films, Jeremy Paxman describes how the First World War transformed the lives of the British people.
World War One with Dan Snow
Historian Dan Snow introduces some history clips from the BBC archive for use in the classroom.
The World's War
Historian, David Olusoga explores the stories of the 4 million non-white, non-European troops and ancillaries who fought and died alongside European troops in World War One.
A series of short films describing the impact of war on underage soldiers in World War One.
World War Two
World War Two with Dan Snow
Dan Snow introduces some of his favourite clips from the BBC archive, perfect for exploring World War Two with your class.
Children of the Holocaust
A part animated, part real-life interview series telling the stories of people who witnessed the Holocaust first-hand.
World War Two - The most destructive global conflict in human history
A collection of interactive articles covering the major events and people of World War Two, as well as some lesser-known stories from the global conflict.
The Eichmann Show
This series of short films uses a combination of archive footage, dramatisation and interviews with people involved in the television production and the trial to introduce students to the groundbreaking trial of Adolf Eichmann.