History Storytime - For Kids
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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WW2: The Miracle of Dunkirk and Winston Churchill in 1940

WW2: The Miracle of Dunkirk and Winston Churchill in 1940

June 1, 2020

This week is the anniversary of the 1940 evacuation at Dunkirk in World War Two. Sophie (aged 7) and Ellie (aged 5) tell the story of how against all the odds the British army was saved from the Dunkirk beaches.  

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The Fall of the Roman Empire and the End of Roman Britain

The Fall of the Roman Empire and the End of Roman Britain

May 25, 2020

We learn about the Fall of the Roman Empire and the End of Roman Britain. Sophie and Ellie help tell the story of how the continuous barbarian attacks, corruption, overmighty generals and a manpower shortage led to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. We dive into the story of Britain to show what this meant for one part of the Empire. Then we go to Rome itself for the Sacking of Rome in 410AD. Sophie sings a song which brings to life the abandonment of Britain by Rome.

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George Washington and the Battle of Yorktown

George Washington and the Battle of Yorktown

May 17, 2020

Sophie and Ellie tell the story of how America got its independence from Britain thanks to the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.

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Jamestown, Pocahontas and the colonisation of America

Jamestown, Pocahontas and the colonisation of America

May 10, 2020

We tell the story of the founding of Jamestown settlement in 1607 and how Pocahontas helped it survive so it eventually grew into the United States of America.  And we tell where the Disney film Pocahontas got it wrong and got it right.  

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