Was it really a Peasants’ Revolt?

4Twitter tells me that the so-called Peasants’ Revolt started on this day. GCSE historians should take advantage of this and stretch themselves by listening to Radio 4’s In Our Time on this: BBCR4 ‘In Our Time’ Happy memories of the SHP conference where the uprising featured in Kate Brennan and Ian Dawson’s protest across time Saturday extravaganza!

Year 9 on 2017

At the end of our study of life in Britain since 1945, Year 9 wrote some David Kynaston style reflections on 2017. You will see that these were done before the events of this week. Still, this selection are quite bleak. Sometimes exercises in class give a window into thinking. We now need to ponder … More Year 9 on 2017

Mount School York at the National Holocaust Memorial Centre

Year 9 made the Mount School’s annual visit to the National Holocaust Memorial Centre on a lovely sunny May Day. By complete chance, and for the first time, we were the only school group there. What a privilege to have the full attention of the Centre staff and friends all day as we considered what … More Mount School York at the National Holocaust Memorial Centre

Trips and visits!

As Easter holidays are about to start, lots of time to get out and about to learn more about the past. Here in York we are really looking forward to the reopening of the Jorvik Viking Centre, remodelled after the Christmas 2015 floods. Next term we will be booking up the travel for the College … More Trips and visits!

Wilberforce: why has his role been ‘bigged up’ in the story of abolition?

Year 8 have followed their study of British slavery and the slave trade with a study of why Wilberforce became the figure most associated with abolition. There are many reasons why the far more interesting and complex story got largely forgotten and we have been unpicking those. Here is a summary of our findings. The … More Wilberforce: why has his role been ‘bigged up’ in the story of abolition?