Studying History enables you to develop a wide range of academic and intellectual (thinking) skills, many of which can be applied to other subjects and more importantly in helping you to try to understand what is happening in the world today. We shall concentrate in this set of tasks and activities on one key skill in particular, that of creating a convincing argument using skills of analysis to reach a balanced judgement.
The years of 2020 and 2021 have brought to the fore several controversial issues on which historians have been asked to comment:
It is this last issue (related to some of the others listed above) on which you are asked to focus, using the tasks and activities below.
Think about the following questions which have become very important over the past year.
The following tasks and activities will help you to come to some judgments about the role of statues in the cultural life and history of Britain.
Who is it and why is it contentious?
View the BBC News report here and any of the links below you may find helpful and then either write a short paragraph in your own words explaining what happened in Bristol on 7 June and why it happened OR explain to a member of your family (the dog or cat will do) what and why.
Read the following extracts from longer articles that argue different points about the fate of the statue.
Identify an Opinion
Who Should Have a Statue and Why?
Below are some suggestions for statues – there are links below to give you some reasons why these women should have a statue.
Read context and background to the statue debate: National Archives
Watch a lecture on the statue debate and historical legacy: Professor Justin Campion
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