History community

Many museums and historical associations produce free resources for teachers and learners, both online and face-to-face. Use the information and links below to explore what's available.

If you've used any resources you think may benefit others, please let us know by emailing history@aqa.org.uk

Churchill Archive for Schools

Churchill Archive for Schools is a completely free, open-access website designed to help build students’ skills and confidence in using primary sources. The following resources are available to all:

  • access to the full digital archive of modern international history, with 800,000 pages of original documents covering 1874 to 1965 (you need to register for free access)
  • 14 topic-based investigations that set out to answer key questions through essay introductions, related archive documents and teacher notes
  • a Primary Source Skills Guide to help students understand what counts as a primary source, and how to interpret them.
Churchill Archive website

The National Archives

The National Archives Education & Outreach Department are experts in teaching history through original sources. They support the national curriculum from Key Stages 1 to 3, as well as GCSE, AS and A-level specification content. They offer:

  • online classroom resources including curriculum-based lessons and activities
  • themed document collections for different time periods
  • topic-focused microsites packed with original documents
  • a wide-ranging programme of SEN-friendly workshops that are free to all UK schools (taught either in a purpose-built classroom at Kew Gardens, or in a virtual classroom or video conferencing session; sometimes these feature costumed actors)
  • professional development programmes, including INSET sessions and online CPD.
National Archives website

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House schools programme offers a wide variety of on-site sessions, as well as classroom resources and INSET training. As the largest maritime museum in the world, it houses a vast collection of art and objects.

A wide range of guided school visit sessions are available, including historical enquiry days (Key Stage 3, 4 and 5). Based on specific topics, such as the Spanish Armada and the growth of the British Empire, these full-day sessions offer access to original manuscripts and unique objects from their collections, guided by the Museum’s Archives team.

National Maritime Museum website

People's History Museum

The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy and the home of ‘ideas worth fighting for’.Focusing on the last two hundred years of British history, with a central theme of the fight for the vote, their collections include:

  • the largest collection of political and trade union banners in the world
  • over 2000 political posters
  • a political archive that includes the complete holdings of the Labour Party and Communist Party of Great Britain.

The museum offers a Learning Programme for secondary schools and further and higher education institutions, including
artist-led workshops and creative writing sessions. Activities can be adapted to suit the needs of individual groups.

People's History Museum website

Schools History Project

The Schools History Project (SHP) aims to bring history to life for school students and strives to inspire teachers through its courses, published resources and training.

Based at Leeds Trinity University since 1978, their website includes a range of planning and teaching resources on individual topics.

The SHP plays an innovative role in history education, contributing to the debate on teaching history in schools, and running conferences including CPD workshops. They believe in making history meaningful for young people, engaging in historical enquiry and promoting diversity and inclusion.

Schools history Project website