New 'Travelling Resources' Scheme

Historical Newspapers
History with the Hound

A new scheme for home educators in Northern Ireland to share resources, these resources will travel around between families to support community and give us all access to interesting things...  It will be organised through the HEdNI Facebook Group.

Our first Travelling Resource will be the Schools Pack from Historic Newspapers

"Our free teaching packs are available in order to help students discover the cause and consequence of historical events. Hard copies are currently available to schools, universities, libraries and accredited education establishments only.

A newspaper is ideal for a history lesson. Each page is filled with stories from eyewitnesses, social history detail and topics for discussion. A newspaper is an enjoyable way to help learning and engage a pupil’s curiosity and imagination. Papers allow us to relate past events to the present day and be the starting point for debate on history and its significance today.

Teaching Ideas

As a history teacher you’re always on the lookout for new interactive teaching ideas. A newspaper can provide back-and-forth discussion, page-turning and head scratching in equal measure; newspapers also evoke a certain period with their coverage of the events and personalities of the day.

A newspaper offers the opportunity to promote chronological understanding, evoke a sense of period and offers a framework to discuss today’s events in an historical context.

Learning History

Armed with a selection of newspapers a pupil can look at the changes and continuity across decades of British history and gain insight into the British attitude to the rest of the world, from Empire to the post-colonial period and the Commonwealth.

A newspaper will report on the cause and consequence of events in a succinct and immediate manner.

Teaching Activities

A newspaper pack is an ideal starting point for understanding how historians and others form interpretations of events.

Major news stories encourage historical enquiry and allow a pupil scope to make critical assessments and see today’s events in context.

The World War 1 and 2 newspapers can be used to discuss the changing nature of conflict, the cooperation between countries, the shift of alliances and the lasting impact of the war on national, ethnic, cultural, and religious issues.

If you’d like to see examples of how newspaper coverage has been used in order to interpret history then please visit the Historic Newspapers Blog."