History at Home Live!
TV presenter Ben Shires helped us host some amazing live lessons in 2020. In case you missed them, we’re sharing all the streams here, so you can catch up on castles, get clued up on Tudors and learn all about the legendary King Arthur.
Discover the history of:
The Romans and Hadrian's Wall
Join TV's Ben Shires and expert guest Mark Douglas for a History at Home Live lesson! In this episode, first streamed in April 2020, we're talking about all things Romans and Hadrian's Wall.Watch on YouTube
Castles Part 1
Ben is joined by expert guest Jeremy Ashbee for this episode of History at Home Live! In this lesson, first streamed in May 2020, we're talking about all things castles.Watch on YouTube
1066 and the Battle of Hastings
In this episode, first streamed on 13 May 2020, Ben Shires and Roy Porter find out all about one of the most famous dates in history: 1066. Learn about the events of that year, discover how William defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings and explore how the Norman Conquest changed England forever.Watch on YouTube
Dover Castle and the Dunkirk evacuation
In May 2020, Ben Shires and expert guest Paul Pattison found out all about Dover Castle's role in the Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War.Watch on YouTube
Castles Part 2
It turns out there was lots more to say about castles! In June 2020, Ben rejoined Jeremy Ashbee to find out more about chivalry and the characters who'd have called these fortresses 'home'.Watch on YouTube
Tintagel Castle and the legend of King Arthur
In June 2020, Ben was joined once again by expert guest Jeremy Ashbee, this time to explore Tintagel Castle and perhaps one of the most famous tales of all: the legend of King Arthur.Watch on YouTube
Stonehenge and the Summer Solstice
As midsummer approached in June 2020, Ben was joined by expert guest Susan Greaney to discuss the summer solstice and why Stonehenge is so significant at that time of year.Watch on YouTube
Charles Darwin and Down House
Ben and expert guest Antony O'Rourke recorded this history lesson in June 2020 to talk about Charles Darwin and his home of four decades, Down House, where he worked on many of his experiments and ground-breaking theories.Watch on YouTube
More to explore
Travel back in time with our videos and have fun with history. Watch as we interview Henry VIII, put your Roman knowledge to the test with Rattus Rattus, go on an animated journey through the story of England and more.
Historical Timeline Posters
We've created a series of posters showing the history of England, from prehistory through to the World Wars. Print them out to create a mega timeline, or colour your own with our downloadable sheets.
Things to Make and Do
For weekends, rainy days and holidays, we’ve collected our best ideas for you to get hands-on and crafty with history. Make a model tudor house, become a knight with a sword and shield, design a Roman mosaic, plus much more.
Tasty Historical Makes and Bakes
Serve up a slice of history with these delicious recipes from the past. Whip up a batch of Mrs Crocombe's favourite Queen Drop Biscuits, bake a medieval pie, watch our interview with a Tudor cook and more.