On the 10th and 11th of May, history educators came together at the Annual Conference of the Historical Association in York to attend fantastic lectures and workshops and to experience historical visits. Part of the conference programme was a workshop about 'Historiana - Your Portal to the Past', and the development of lesson activities in the framework of EUROCLIO. Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp, treasurer and vice-president of EUROCLIO, gave this workshop to a group of around ten history educators.
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The Historical Association is an independent charity incorporated by Royal Charter. We have been supporting the study and enjoyment of history since 1906. With over 6000 members the HA is the major national organisation representing the case for an historical education to policy makers and ministers. We advise on curriculum issues at all levels and campaign for access to specialist historical knowledge and collections.
Supporting history teaching and learning
Through our web resources and our committee work we support teachers of history in primary and secondary schools with a huge range of practical resources helping to develop careers from initial teacher training, through NQT to subject teacher and subject leader.
Developing subject understanding
Through our publishing, both online and in print, we support a deeper understanding of history pedagogy and history content. Our teaching journals, Primary History and Teaching History have helped develop history teaching in the UK to become the world renowned subject community it is today.
The Historical Association expresses a number of serious concerns regarding the content and approach to history teaching taken in the draft programmes of Study for History in England published by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove on February 7th.
The International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research is the only peer refereed international journal dedicated to the theory and practice of History Education. Founded in 2001, IJHLTR is published twice yearly.
In 2009 the Historical Association of Great Britain became IJHLTR's publisher. The HA has revised the journal's structure to allow for a range of publications:
1. Academic articles of up to 6.000 words 2. Reports on curriculum research and development projects and initiatives 3. Book reviews 4. Monographs
IJHLTR is now an integral element in the Historical Association's portfolio of publications that includes the professional journals Primary History and Teaching History, the academic journal History, pamphlets, monographs, position papers and research reports as well a comprehensive range of resources, exemplar lessons, training guides, professional development course modules, related materials, information and podcasts on its website.
If you or any colleagues would like to submit an article, report or monograph for publication, please send it to:
On Friday and Saturday 11-12 May I visited the Annual Conference of the Historical Association in Reading. Over 250 participants experienced two conference days full of interesting workshops on teaching in primary and secondary history and a heritage pathway with workshops from the National Archives, the British Library, English Heritage and several museums.
The conference started with the Presidential Lecture from Professor Jackie Eales about Charles I and how he developed his image as the people's martyrer in the 1640's. The other keynote speakers were Sir David Cannadine and the HA Deputy President Ben Walsh. Sir David Cannadine reflected on his recent book 'The Right Kind of History' based on intensive research into the curricula of primary and secondary history in the 20th century that shows that there never was a 'Golden Age' of history education. This was confirmed in the speech delivered by Ben Walsh who, as Sir David Cannadine, strongly advocated that history should be part of the curriculum for all students from 5 to 16. It is still unsure if this will happen. The English National Curriculum is under revision at this moment and English teachers are eagerly awaiting the decision of the Department of Education.
Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp, EUROCLIO Vice-President and Treasurer
The Historical Association Annual Conference is taking place in Manchester on May 13-14 2011. The Conference Programme offers high quality lectures by competent speakers and the latest curriculum knowledge and advice. The Sessions include Teaching Empire and Slavery; Inquire to Inspire – how enquiry led history can seriously improve your department’s health and Letting go at A’ level. For more information lease visit the Historical Association website