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.
World War One
Video resources for secondary schools, perfect for introducing your class to World War One.
World War Two
Video resources for secondary schools, perfect to use with students studying World War Two.
Short educational films exploring the lives of London's West Indian community during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, produced alongside the BBC One collection of films directed by Oscar winner Steve McQueen. These films combine extracts from Steve McQueen's collection of films with archive and bespoke narration, to bring significant moments from recent black British history to life for students.
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.
The Ascent of Woman
Dr Amanda Foreman uncovers stories of women that have made and changed human history from 10,000 BC to the present day.
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 this series of short documentary-style films, historian David Olusoga explores new historical evidence of slavery in 1830s Britain.
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.
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.
Professor Robert Bartlett tells the extraordinary story of England's most dysfunctional, yet longest ruling, royal dynasty.
A series of short films where David Olusoga investigates the lives and experiences of migrants to and from Britain throughout history.
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.
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.
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.
The Great Fire of London: What vision rose from its ashes?
The Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed the heart of England's capital city. Christopher Wren led the charge for a new vision of London.
A collection of interactive articles about the people, movements and projects that have improved our lives.