A brand new resource for secondary schools has been published by Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive to help aid teaching about the English Civil War.
A set of guidance notes and classroom activities called Days of Trouble has been created to engage pupils in understanding the nature of the war, which took place between 1642 and 1651. The booklet will be launched next Tuesday (10/11).
The war is given a local context by the Bolton Massacre of May 28 1644, which is explained in collections held in the museum.
The pack will help the pupils make judgements about the massacre and to connect the English Civil War to current civil wars. The booklet will support Year 8 pupils in Bolton’s secondary schools who are studying history and citizenship.
The booklet aims to make the complex story of the English Civil War easier for young people to understand. Students will be able to develop a sense of context, engage with serious issues around conflict, and connect local events with the national picture.
It also helps students learn how to examine pictures closely, while contemporary written sources are a significant part of the resource.
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult Services at Bolton Council, said: “The English Civil War is a very important part of the nation’s history, and had a big impact on Bolton. It is crucial that our young people learn about it, and this booklet will make it much easier for them to do so.”
A copy of the booklet will be sent to secondary schools in Bolton over the coming weeks. Visit the link above for more information on education services and to sign up to the monthly e-newsletter.
The booklet has been produced by: Tom McCleery, History Department, Essa Academy; Daniel Smith, Curator of Local History from Bolton Museum and Archive Service; Nick Tyldesley, Consultant for Teaching and Learning (foundation subjects) for Bolton Council; and Melissa Wright, History Department, Mount St Joseph's School.
It has been funded through Learning Links, by the MLA North West Strategic Commissioning Programme with the support of Madeleine Rogerson.