New Perspectives on the 20th Century
Find a fresh perspective on teaching 20th century at Key Stage 3 and GCSE with Historical Association and British Library CPD
If you are teaching 20th century units at Key Stage 3 and GCSE, join us at this one day CPD course in partnership with the British Library. Featuring sessions from Ben Walsh, on the Cold War and Alf Wilkinson on the First World War plus an academic plenary with Dr Jessica Reinisch from Birkbeck, University of London looking at what matters about the 20th century, this event is a must for those wishing to gain fresh insights and perspectives on this period of great and rapid change, of contrasts and contradictions. The event includes complimentary entry to the British Library’s exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line.
The 20th century was a period of extremes. It witnessed destructive wars, and yet periods of unprecedented peace. Increasing wealth was joined by higher levels of poverty. There was scientific and technological progress, but also inhumanity and repression. The map was one of the century’s principal objects. Maps became common, trusted and powerful things in western society. Yet maps were not passive or neutral objects. They were agents of change, presenting only versions of reality, not the reality itself. They were capable of informing, but also misleading. They were tools of control and of protest, and even changed the world. Today they offer valuable historical perspectives on this period of contrasts and contradictions.
Full programme available to download from the HA website here.
New Perspectives on the 20th Century: Programme
10.00-10.30am Registration and refreshments
10.30am– 10.40am Welcome and introductions
10.40am–11.20am British Library introduction to 20th century maps
Tracing the 20th Century: Where do we Draw the Lines?
This introductory session from British Library staff will offer an snapshot view of how some of the most significant events of the 20th century are explored in the Library’s current exhibition, Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line. We will consider how the selection and juxtaposition of the items on display invites new interpretation of these fascinating primary sources, prompting us to view them not as passive witnesses to events but as active agents, presenting a mediated version of reality capable of distorting the landscapes and events they chart.
11.20-11.40am - Coffee break
11.40am–12.40pm Workshop 1
Ben Walsh, Education Consultant
Conflict in the 20th Century: The challenges of teaching the Cold War
A look at new historical thinking on the Cold War and how it might be brought into the classrooms, including new source collections and a range of activity ideas.
12.40-1.30 - lunch and opportunity to explore the British Library exhibition: 20th Century Maps: Drawing the Line
1.30-2.30pm Workshop 2
Alf Wilkinson, Education Consultant
Mapping the First World War
How do maps offer new perspectives that help our understanding of the First World War 1914-1919?
2.30pm–3pm Maps and digital humanities: British Library Labs showcase digital content range for use in the classroom over coffee.
3-3.30pm Plenary keynote – Dr. Jessica Reinisch: What Matters Most about the 20th Century?
Dr Jessica Reinisch leads The Reluctant Internationalists research group at Birkbeck, University of London and is the academic lead for the Historical Association’s 2017 Teacher Fellowship Programme: The Cold War in the Classroom.
3.30pm– Close and final opportunity to return to the British Library exhibition