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North West History Forum: Narrative - The Food of History *Event Postponed

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Narrative - the food of history

*Event Postponed

History is full of great stories, and storytelling is one of the oldest forms of entertainment known to humanity. History teachers, academic historians and policy makers have often expressed concerns about the value accorded to narrative in school history, suggesting that an over-emphasis on certain concepts and processes has tended to obscure the importance of being able to put together a clear story. Constructing an effective narrative account or telling a good story, it has been argued, is not only an essential and demanding task in its own right and one that is fundamental to the work of a good historian, it is also the foundation on which other kinds of historical knowledge are built and needs to be developed and fostered early. Some GCSE specifications now require students to write their own narrative accounts. We also shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that listening to, reading and constructing narratives is fun whether you are 5, 18, or 102.

This North West History Forum will explore storytelling and narrative in history and equip you with a deeper understanding of historical narrative and how you can get your pupils to construct their own.


9.30-10.30am: Registration and refreshments

10.00-10.45am: Keynote: Ben Walsh

10.45-11.45am: Breakout session 1

Primary: History - back to the story (Chris Trevor)

How starting with a story can lead to engaging enquiries by developing questions, interpreting artefacts and helping the children to piece together the past.

Secondary: 'A Fitting Memorial' Exploring the diverse ways in which local communities remembered their war dead (Ian Phillips, History PGCE lead at Liverpool Hope University)

This workshop explores ways in which History Departments might look in more detail at what makes a war memorial and what the form of a memorial might say about the manner in which the town or village decided to remember its war dead. The workshop explores a range of memorials in and around Liverpool and Merseyside but also draws on national and international perspectives.

11.45-12.00pm: Comfort break

12.00-1.00pm: Breakout session 2

Primary: History Literacy with Key Stage 1 children (Sue Temple, University of Cumbria)

Using the significant events theme we will explore how History and Literacy can be used to support each other and so encourage progress for these younger children in both areas.

Secondary: 'Why do we live in a liberal democracy?' Creating and debating narratives of progress at Key Stage Three and beyond (John Heap, Head of History at Merchant Taylors' Boys' School)

A Head of History confronts the problems in asking students to write their own story of the past.

1.00-1.30pm: Optional resource share - bring a resource/idea to share with others!


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you require assistance with your booking or would like to know more about the course, please contact the HA Education and Events Officer, Maheema Chanrai, on 0300 100 0223 or at

What's the refund policy?

We are able to refund requests made up to one week before the course. After this point, all invoices will need to be paid regardless of attendance.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, all we need is your name. If someone booked on your behalf, please make sure they change the ticket to include your details.

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