School sessions in History / Modern History

School sessions offered by the History / Modern History staff include the following:

  • Slimy Stuarts? Exploring the Divine Right of Kings:

Early modern monarchs proclaimed themselves to be Gods on earth – but did this mean they were limitless tyrants? This session invites students to get into the minds of the early Stuart kings (James I and Charles I), using their writings, speeches and portraits to explore their political and religious beliefs. We will examine how historians have disagreed over the true meaning of divine right kingship and why these debates have implications for broader historical questions, not least the causes of England’s Civil Wars.

No additional resources are required. Learning Outcomes: greater understanding of Stuart monarchs; understanding of written and visual sources of the C17th; awareness of historians’ debates.

  • Photography and the US Civil Rights Movement (1 hour):

Images of civil rights protest are easy to find – but hard to understand. This session for AS and A2-level students will introduce participants to civil rights photography and reveal how historians work to interpret moments in the movement from specific types of historical source.  

Learning Objectives: students will develop: understanding of civil rights history; use of photography as an historical source; group working skills; public speaking skills.

  • How and Why They Dropped the Bomb (1.5 hours):

In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, the only time the bomb has been used in conflict. Common wisdom is that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II…but was that really the case? This session tasks GCSE, AS, or A2-level students with finding out, using a variety of sources to piece together an historical argument.  

Learning Objectives: students will develop; awareness of debates in Cold War history; ability to compare and contrast a range of source material; argumentative skills; group-working skills; public speaking skills.

  • Source Analysis – From Manuscripts to Music:

Staff in the University of Lincoln School of History and Heritage have experience in working with a usually wide and interdisciplinary range of sources. These sessions will showcase our strengths in interpreting visual sources like art, architecture, and cinema, to archaeological finds, to medieval manuscripts, literary sources, oral history, and textual sources from ‘conventional’ archives, as well as digital archives. Here are some of the topics that may be covered:

  • Using oral and visual sources in Modern History
  • Cinema as a historical source
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Early Modern Material Culture and Printed Books
  • History at University – Taking Your Own Path:

Studying History at University is very different to school. These sessions will help students to anticipate some of the changes and to help them understand if reading History (and specifically History at Lincoln) is the right choice for them. Sessions may cover:

  • History at the University of Lincoln: brief overview of courses and study pathways.
  • Essay writing: how and why?
  • Research: using primary and secondary sources in your work.
  • Presentation skills and teamwork: how History can improve employability.
  • Continuity and Change in the Past and Present:

In the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln we have staff with expertise in diverse geographical locations and time periods – from Latin America to the Middle East and Western Europe. These sessions will showcase our breadth of expertise through looking to continuity and change in specific historical settings. Sessions may include:

  • Ages of Revolutions
  • Early modern political thought
  • Representing empire and popular imperialism in late 19th century Britain
  • New approaches to the history of empires: decolonising the curriculum

The sessions last an hour and are bookable by contacting the Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage Schools Liaison Officer, Dr Alyson Wharton:

They are geared towards students who will be applying for University over the next two years (i.e. Years 11 to 13).