History Storytime - For Kids
Sophie & Franz: The World War 1 Love Story

Sophie & Franz: The World War 1 Love Story

August 10, 2020

We tell the tragic love story of Sophie, who married the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and whose murder helped start WW1. Like so many women she was belittled when alive and forgotten when dead. We put her back in the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Why did World War 1 start?

Why did World War 1 start?

August 3, 2020

Sophie (age 7) and Ellie (age 5) tell the story of why World War One happened – on the weekend of the anniversary of the War starting. Read the rest of this entry »

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

July 27, 2020

Sophie (age 7) and Ellie (age 5) want a story of a girl knight. So they tell the story of Joan of Arc, the French heroine who turned the tide of The Hundred Years War. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

July 20, 2020

Cleopatra echoes through history. But who really was she? Sophie (age 7) and Ellie (age 5) explore her life. We hear of her dreams for Egypt, her alliance with Rome and her love for Julius Caesar and later Mark Antony. Read the rest of this entry »

Jousting with the Royal Armouries

Jousting with the Royal Armouries

July 13, 2020

This week Sophie (aged 7) and Ellie (age 5) team up with Chloe from the Royal Armouries – the UK’s National Museum of Arms and Armour - to tell the story of Jousting. We follow the history of jousting from its beginnings as training for warfare to an increasingly stylised spectator sport. We track some of the great tournament specialists – the celebrities of their age. And we dive into one of the Great Tournaments of medieval England. Read the rest of this entry »

The Glorious Revolution and the Battle of the Boyne

The Glorious Revolution and the Battle of the Boyne

July 6, 2020

Sophie (age 7) and Ellie (age 5) tell the story of the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690, and how it helped secure the Glorious Revolution for William, Prince of Orange.

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Alexander Hamilton - The History Behind the Hamilton Musical

Alexander Hamilton - The History Behind the Hamilton Musical

June 30, 2020

Sophie and Ellie tell the story about Alexander Hamilton to help them understand the story told in the Musical – which comes out on Disney this week. The girls have heard some of the songs from Hamilton the Musical. But they don’t really understand the full story. So together we learn the life story of Alexander Hamilton.

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Windrush

Windrush

June 22, 2020

On the anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, Sophie and Ellie tell the story of the ship of West Indians that transformed Britain and what happened next.

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Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo

Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo

June 15, 2020

On the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Sophie (aged 7) and Ellie (aged 5) explore the famous battle which ended Napoleon’s rule.

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The Slave Trade

The Slave Trade

June 8, 2020

Sophie and Ellie ask about the Black Lives Matter protests. So we tell the story about the Slave Trade and the legacy it leaves. We learn about the transatlantic slave triangle of Europe, West Africa and the Americas. Sophie tells us about the brutality of slavery. Both children are astonished to hear of their own slave ancestry from the West Indies. But then they look on aghast as they discover their own family history includes not just slaves but also a slaver.

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