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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Henry VIII and the Tudors

In the final episode, first streamed in July 2020, Ben Shires was rejoined by expert guest Roy Porter to explore the history of Henry VIII and the Tudors.

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History at Home Live! - watch the full playlist

Join Ben Shires and his expert guests in the full playlist on YouTube.

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More to explore

  • Videos

    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.

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