Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives School Workshops – Curriculum-based learning
All workshops are free for Tower Hamlets Schools (donations welcome).
We welcome hundreds of children and young people to our site every year through planned school visits. We deliver sessions on the following topics and continue to develop more sessions every year, linked to the curriculum and always guided by the teacher’s brief.
All our sessions include an introduction to our service and how to handle delicate historic materials safely. Onsite sessions use some original material so that students can connect directly with primary sources. Offsite sessions will use copies from collections. Examples of sessions that we offer.
Our Local History - KS1
In this session pupils can see original images on their local area. These will include landmarks that are familiar to them, such as their school, a place of worships, a community space, and places close to their school.
This session involves two craft activities:
- Comparing pictures of then and now in groups
- A mapping exercise with copies of the collections and local maps of the area.
Migration & Exploration KS2, KS3, KS4
In this session pupils can discover the local connection to exploration, migration, and colonisation. Using original maps, illustrations, and archive material to reveal how important the East End was to these journeys across the globe. This session age appropriately highlights how central London was to the transatlantic slave trade, and how it profited in the trade. The session also covers the colonisation of the Bengal region, the recruitment of Lascars and some of their journeys to the East End. We use a range of archive library and museum collections to show how many different groups of people migrated to the East End in the 19th and 20th centuries including the Chinese and Somali communities.
Local History topics
Bengali East End KS2, KS3, KS4
Somali East End KS2, KS3, KS4
Match Girls Strike KS2, KS3, KS4
East London Suffragettes KS2, KS3, KS4
We also offer a variety of topics for pupils to explore the heritage of the local area. These topics can be combined in one session or delivered individually. If a topic you are teaching is not listed here, please contact us to discuss in more detail.