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Triple Trawler Disaster & Headscarf Campaign
Science and Transport: Car Constructor
Two WW1 Poets: Brookes and Bekassy
Object of the Month
Northern History Forum on Tour
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March 2016
Have you booked your place yet on the Northern History Forum Teachers' CPD event at M&S Company Archive in Leeds on Wed 16 March? See final article below for details.

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Featured Resource to Mark
International Women's Day, 8 March

KS2 History/Citizenship/Literacy

In 1968 three Hull trawlers sank within a few weeks of each other and 58 men lost their lives. People were horrified that this could have happened and a campaign for better safety at sea was launched by the wives, sisters and daughters of trawlermen - the so-called 'Headscarf Campaign'. 

Led by the formidable Lillian Bilocca, known as 'Big Lil', the campaigners met with trawler owners and government ministers, and some wives picketed the dock to make sure that no ships left without a radio operator. 

The campaign received huge media attention at the time and has recently been in the news again as there are plans to make a film about Big Lil's fight and the headscarf revolutionaries of Hessle Road.

Find out more about these remarkable women by viewing our unique film clips of an interview with one woman who took part in the campaign.
Recommended by Primary Teachers
to mark British Science Week, 11-18 March

KS2 Science/Design and Technology

This interactive game supports the following topics:
  • Forces and Movement
  • Characteristics of Materials
  • Forces in Action
Children can make their own vehicle and see how well it performs on the test track. 

There are also teachers' guidance notes and activity ideas to download. The transport card game is a fun way to stimulate discussion around transport past and present, and downloadable resource sheets help to compare transport across the ages and discover how design has evolved.

Teachers' panel comments:
Interactive could be used 'during whole class input and plenaries of sessions to introduce or consolidate learning'. 
Best Feature: 
'Teaching resources in downloads section - save teachers time preparing resources and provide good suggestions for group work in class'.
Andy Hellon, KS2 Teacher, London
Recommended for KS4/5 Teachers
to mark World Poetry Day, 21 March

© King's College Archive
Two 1914-1918 War Poets
KS4/5 English Literature

This resource enables students to compare and contrast the First World War poetry of Rupert Brooke
(pictured right) with that of his contemporary Ferenc BékássyIt features images of original handwritten poems, and includes ideas on how to use the material for discussion and activities

Rupert Brooke and Ferenc Békássy were both students at King's College, Cambridge and members of a secret debating society at the University. Before the outbreak of War in 1914, both Brooke and Békássy had poems printed in Basileon, a student magazine dating back to 1900 (pictured below).
© King's College Archive
Object of the Month
© Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

This tank boot was made between 1939 and 1945. It weighs 510g and has a felt sole to prevent sparks when walking on the metal floor of a tank.

Northern History Forum on Tour
Last Chance to Book!

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 4.00-8.00pm
M&S Company Archive, Leeds

How can we use archives in the classroom to shed light on the past?

The archive contains over 70,000 items relating to the past and present of M&S. The collection is housed at the Michael Marks Building on the University of Leeds campus, where the Marks in Time exhibition is also open to the public. 

In addition to exploring this fascinating collection, the event will offer the opportunity to get to grips with using archives in the history classroom more generally and how archive materials can be used to spark an enquiry and build pupils' understanding of the nature and different types of historical evidence.

My Learning will be at this event to showcase the M&S Company Archive suite of resources - we hope to see you there!

To find out more download the PDF or to book a place visit:
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