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The Origins of the Living History Project

The "Living History" project was designed for Year 8 / 8th grade students. The idea behind the project is to cut down on "chalk and talk" in the classroom by taking the students outside school on visits relevant to their programme.

The project also involved History and English teachers working as a team to help the students develop their writing skills in history.

Although the original programme was piloted in Paris, schools in other European cities may well be able to adapt the visits to similar venues available in their environs.

 

Cluny Museum, Paris (photo by John Hembury)

 

Cluny Museum, Paris (photo by John Hembury)

 

Cluny Museum, Paris (photo by John Hembury)

 

Cluny Museum, Paris (photo by John Hembury)

 

THE LIVING HISTORY PROJECT

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The Living History Project Index

End of the Roman Empire

The End of the Western Roman Empire
The Division of the Empire
The Barbarian Invasions
The Western Empire Collapses
Constantinople: The Great Crossroads

 

Byzantium

The Byzantine Empire : Introduction
Constantine the Great
Emperor Theodosius
Byzantine Conquest - Justinian
Byzantine Government
The Schism of Christianity into two Churches - The Orthodox Church
The End of Byzantium
Chronology of the Byzantine Emperors
The Orthodox Church
Iconostasis
Visit to an Orthodox Church
English Workshop, Classwork and Homework

 

Charlemagne

Introduction
Guided Tour of the Basilica of Saint Denis
Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis
English Workshop
Classwork : Task A
Classwork : Task B
Homework : Task A

 

Normans

William of Normandy
The Crown of England
The Battle of Hastings
The Bayeux Tapestry
Classwork

 

Feudalism and Medieval Knights

Introduction
Feudalism
Feudal Pyramid
English Workshop
Classwork
Homework

 

Castles

Castles : Introduction
Anglo-Saxons
Normans and early design
Normans and later design
Edward I and Wales
Gunpowder, Folly and the End of Castles
Visit to Dourdan Castle

 

Churches and Monasteries

Medieval Monasteries
St Benedict and the First Monasteries
Benedict's Rule
The Daily Routine in a Monastery
Monasteries and the Outside World
Different Orders of Monasteries
Homework

 

The Crusades

Richard I and the Crusades
Homework Task A
Homework Task B

 

Everyday Life in the Middle Ages

How did people live in the Medieval world?
Children, women and people with different ways of life
How did people enjoy themselves?
Traditional Festivals and Feasts
Homework

 

 

 

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