you are a detective investigating a crime. What would you need to help
you find out what happened? What would you be looking for when you visited
the scene of the crime? That's right - clues or evidence. Historians
are no different. When they want to find out what happened in the past
they need to look at the evidence. We call evidence that was created
at the time of the event, primary evidence. Lots of sources can be counted
as primary sources or evidence - letters, newspapers, maps, photographs,
pictures, objects and film (just to name a few).
evidence can be broken down into four main categories: written
sources, images, artefacts
and oral testimony. Work through each section
to find out what these types of sources are and how they can be used.