Friday, April 27, 2012

37 moments in British history every child should learn

37 moments in British history every child should learnYear Moment People Places Innovations

500 Anglo-Saxon conquest Venerable Bede Durham Cathedral, Lindisfarne Coming of Christianity

900 The Danelaw Alfred, Cnut York Anglo-Saxon literature: Beowulf

1066 The Norman Conquest William the Conqueror White Tower, London Domesday Book, rise of serfdom

1170 Battle between king and Church Thomas Becket, Henry II Canterbury Cathedral Expansion of government

1215 Battle between king and barons King John Runnymede First universities

1258 Consultation of barons and townsmen Henry III, Edward I, Simon de Montfort Westminster Abbey Rise of wool trade

1314 Scottish and Welsh wars Robert the Bruce, Llewllyn, Edward I and n Welsh castles Gothic architecture

1381 Peasants' revolt Wat Tyler, Richard II Medieval London Black Death and subsequent plague epidemics

1415 Agincourt and 100 Years' War Henry V Cinque Ports Chivalric literature: Arthurian legends

1485 Defeat of Yorkists Richard II, Henry VII Bosworth, Tower of London, Bristol Caxton's printing press, Cabot's voyages

1535 Execution of Thomas More Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell Inns of Court, Hampton Court Break with Rome, Enclosures

1553 Catholic Restoration Philip and Mary, Thomas Cranmer Oxford Tudor architecture

1588 Defeat of Spanish Armada Elizabeth I, Burleigh, Walsingham Tilbury Protestant ascendancy, Elizabethan drama

1611 King James BIble James I, Lancelot Andrews Lambeth Palace King James Bible, Jacobean drama

1649 Execution of Charles I and Cromwellian conquest of Ireland Charles I, Archbishop Laud, Oliver Cromwell Whitehall Palace, Huntingdon Thomas Hobbes, John Milton's poems and tracts

1689 Glorious Revolution and Battle of the Boyne (1690) James II, William III St Paul's Cathedral Royal Society, Newton and Scientific Revolution, John Locke, Christopher Wren

1707 Union of England and Scotland Duke of Marlborough Blenheim Palace Beginnings of Agricultural Revolution (Jethro Tull)

1721 Beginning of Walpole's administration Sir Robert Walpole Houghton Hall John Wesley and Methodism

1763 Treaty of Paris, securing Canada etc. for Crown Elder Pitt, George III British Museum Foundation ofBritish Museum

1769 Spinning Mule: key moment in Industrial Revolution John Watt, Josiah Wedgwood Ironbridge Steam power

1776 Loss of 13 Colonies Lord North, George Washington Boston perhaps too far away... Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations

1805 Battle of Trafalgar Pitt, Nelson, Wellington Portsmouth (the Victory) Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine

1825 Opening of first railway CastIereagh , Cannmg Scicience Museum, York Railway Museum Stephenson's Rocket

1832 Reform Bill and 1833 Abolition of Slavery Wilberforce, Wellington Liverpool Factory Act and workhouses

1838 Chartists, and 1846 Repeal of Corn Laws Peel IndustrIal Manchester or what's left of it Penny Post (1840), Darwin's voyage

1886 Irish Home Rule Bill Gladstone, Disraeli Hughenden Manor, Osborne House Suez Canal under British control

1904 Entente Cordiale Edward VII Buckingham Palace Motorcars

1919 Treaty of Versailles Lloyd George Admiralty Arch and Whitehall, War memorials League ofNations

1931 Statute of Westminster Ramsay Macdonald, Baldwin Art Deco cinemas Dominions released from British control

1940 Churchill as PM Churchill, Eden Chartwell, Cabinet War Rooms Spitfire

1945 Labour landslide Attlee, Bevin Suburban semis Welfare State, 1944 Education Act, UN

1947 Indian independence Gandhi, Mountbatten British Empire and Commonwe alth Museum (Bristol) Large-scale migration from Indian sub-continent

1960 Wind of Change Macmillan As above British withdrawal from Africa

1969 British troops deployed in Ulster O'Neill, Paisley, Taoiseach Lynch National Army Museum Terrorist attacks on mainland

1973 UK joins EEC Heath, Callaghan Brave new architecture Sex Discrimination outlawed 1975

1984 Miners' strike Margaret Thatcher, Scargill Collieries Building of Channel Tunnel

1997 Blair elected to power Tony Blair, Gordon Brown Ideally, Houses of Parliament Internet and globalization


  1. Dates,places and historical figures listed without any context as to why they are important is pretty much useless.If you find any modern kids who can tell you a single thing about "boring" history you will be lucky.
    I know kids who can't tell you what century WW2 was in let alone the Catholic restoration. Most kids in History classes I've taught are apt to proudly say" I dunno"or "who cares" when asked anything about history.
    They are proud to be ignorant of things like History,Geography,English Lit..etc.."when am I ever gonna need any of this crap" is their most popular refrain. Math and science classes are just as bad.

  2. the ignorance which the above chap notes continue to be prevalent in Kanada as well - we have a "no teacher left behind" creating cadres of poorly motivated kids with no hope and caring less. Socialism at its worst. $100K for six months union work does not make great grads except to/for gaol.

  3. History is written by the victors and conveniently excludes facts or distorts events to promote one side or another of the dominating politic.
    For example the mentioning of Robert the Bruce but not William Wallace. Without Wallace, Robert the Bruce would probably never have been inspired to fight for Scotland's freedom. Again a predilection for Royalty, this article is more propaganda than anything else. History is an immense subject that is an endless study.
    History is boring to the young because they are not as corrupt as the elders of society, yet. They instinctively know it is mostly lies and an insidious, subtle deception. Ever notice that there are no public schooling on the History of Finance? Ever notice that War is the most exciting and romanticized part of History but little is ever discussed about 'where the money comes from'. Dynastic and Tyrannical power has always ruled by deception and always will.
    The Internet is turning the tables on these old ways of power and hopefully will bring in a more democratic age.

  4. Ummm, pretty much just as misinformational as school. Citing isolated names and dates without establishing causal relationship to events afterward is meaningless and designed to that end in the cartel-controlled school system. Keeping people ignorant of previous crime prevents them from recognizing the crime beneath the propaganda when it is perpetrated again.