is the result of a collaboration between Archives and Special Collections,
Durham University Library and Stephen Roe of Parkside School, Willington.
The impetus for the project came from the Learning Links Programme which
has been run since 1997 by MLA North East in conjunction with the region's
Training Enterprise Councils (TECs) and Education Business Partnerships
(EBPs). This Programme allows representatives from museums, libraries
and archives and members of the teaching profession to experience each
other's work and to develop means of delivering the National Curriculum
in innovative, exciting and stimulating ways.
of this particular project was to develop a resource which could be
used by teachers and Y7 pupils studying the 'What's it all about?' scheme
of work. It aims to introduce pupils to key concepts such as chronology,
anachronisms, the difference between secondary and primary sources,
different types of evidence and the issue of bias by using original
source material held by Archives and Special Collections. Some of the
material focuses on Co. Durham but it is hoped that any teacher or student
will find the material interesting and the skills taught useful.
would like to thank their individual institutions for allowing them
to participate in this project, MLA North East for providing funding
and offering their usual assistance and Northumberland Education Business
Partnership for their administration of the scheme.