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Athena Review
This site is an excellent source of historical primary sources. It has many links to different archaeological sites in Great Britain.
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Interactive decision-making games for KS3 and 4 (Can you save Charles I from the chop by making the right decisions? ), question historical characters face to face - Henry VIII, Martin Luther King and (controversially) Hitler, take historical quizzes (in one you can build a trebuchet and fling the teacher!). A prize-winning site by Wolverhampton Grammar School. The site is now only available to paying members. School membership costs £99.99 p.a You can get a 14 day free trial - Click the Active History Graphic at the top of the page.

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One of the best history sites of all. There are lots and lots of good things here. There is stuff for both adults and children. Kids will love the Interactive Content (and so will adults),
  BBC History for Kids
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The BBC's selection of pages from its vast website which are particularly of interest to children.
Britannia: British History
Typically classy and detailed history archive from those encyclopaedia people. If what you're looking for, British history-wise, isn't here it probably doesn't exist!
The British Library
Want to see a digital copy of the Magna Carta? The Lindisfarne Gospels? Try here. You can also access a complete catalogue of the Libraryís resources, find out about current exhibitions, or how to obtain a British Library Reader's Ticket.
The British Museum - An Introduction
Full of information about the museumís collections. Children can explore a section devoted to Ancient Egypt, teachers can find all the information they need to plan a school visit.
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Part of Channel 4's website: There is information about many history programmes, links to lots of  information about many different periods and historical topics and interactive games. There is a useful clickable timeline to get you into the content.
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A multimedia guide to the ancient world. 6 items of artistic value from each of Egypt, Greece and Italy are examined in detail. You can get close up images and streamed video with commentary. There is also a useful timeline comparing the ages of the objects.
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Find out all about these favourite prehistoric beasties!
An excellent site.
Discoverers Web Homepage: Voyages of Discovery
Loads of links to sites about any aspect of exploration and discovery that you care to think of, from pre-history onwards.
Discovery Channel Online History
A very entertaining and informative site with the language pitched a level that most KS2 children could understand. (Ignore the suggestion that pops up to go to the local site - it is just the TV guide for Discovery Channel)
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An interactive site that deals with the Ancient Egyptian, Aztecs, Roman and Chinese Empires. The Library section provides an online notepad. There is a "visit the past" game and a "Features" section with lots of other stuff.
Encyclopedia Mythica
Information about myths and beliefs from a wide variety of cultures from around the world.
English Heritage
English Heritage are the people who look after many of our ancient (and not so ancient) monuments There's historical information and info for teachers about free visits to places of historic interest.
Eyewitness to History
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Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it. Dozens and dozens of eyewitness accounts of historical events and periods, including some historical audio recordings. (May also be useful in KS2).

Famous People
A site about famous people. By the BBC - intended for KS1
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Lots of information in simple language. A good site for children to research for topic work.
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A site supporting NC History, which believes that learning should be fun. There is information aplenty and lots of historically educational games. The main aspects of History dealt with are Romans, Medieval Life, Tudors, Stuarts, The Civil War, Slavery and the Monarchy (there is a useful interactive fact sheet about British Monarchs. Choose your monarch and it tells you all the basic facts about him/her).
Kidipede
Formerly "History for Kids". The home page has  answers to several (mainly historical) questions and links to period specific pages each containing lots of information expl;ained in a child friendly way.
The Leodis Database
The Leodis Database is a collection of over 10000 photographs of Leeds and its environs. The photos are annotated and users can add their own comments and observations on the photos. The site gives a fascinating insight into the social history of a particular area.
Local History (BBC)

This one will be useful if you are planning a local history topic - there are several case studies with guidance about how to do it in your area. Sadly, the "Getting Started" section is no longer available.
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An excellent site with lots of information about Romans, Celts, Vikings and Anglo Saxons. Information (linked from the Resources page) includes stuff about runes, ancient board games (and how to play them), an excellent time line (back to the Big Bang!), a history of money and trade in Northern Europe and more, much more.
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This site, aimed at KS3 will also be accessible to KS2 children.
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Mr Dowling's excellent website has lots of history topics including Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Middle Ages (covering Anglo-Saxons, Normans and lots more),and many other periods and places.
Monarchs of Britain
Exhaustive list of British kings and queens from the House of Wessex to Windsor and more besides. Just click on a name for succinct information. Some pictures too. This is from Britannia.com (America's Gateway to Britain!) - you will get annoying pop-up advertising windows  - a small price to pay - just close them.
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Lots of useful stuff if you are teaching KS2 or KS3 History
Nuffield Primary History
A site for teachers. Lesson plans and downloadable resources that have been shared by other teachers.
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Object Lessons is an online display of about 200 objects from Islington Artefacts Library. The site has high quality images and information on each object.
Picture the Past
A huge library of paintings, drawings and photographs of the East Midlands. You can search the database or choose from the Popular Searches list Images are small, but can be enlarged a bit or investigated with an on screen magnifying glass. A really useful source of historic images.
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Regia Anglorum is a re-enactment group who are dedicated to the period around the time of the Norman Conquest. They strive for accuracy both in their re-enactments and in the information that they offer. Their website is a veritable hoard of information about the period 950 - 1066 and if you are studying Invaders, Saxons, Vikings or Normans this is a must visit website. Regia Anglorum have a fascinating project, to build a replica fortified Anglo-Saxon manor house in Kent. The project has its own (fascinating and informative) website at http://www.wychurst.com/mainindex.htm. Regia Anglorum also do sessions for schools. If you are interested the contact details are on the website.
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Webmaster, Andrew Field, has put a lot of work into this site since I last looked at it. There is a wide range of material here now with worksheets, downloadable PowerPoint presentations, interactive games, quizzes and other  activities and a growing collection of online lessons.

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This site offers background information about many areas of British and World history. Each unit is supported by a range of activities for students to use. There are downloadable resources and links.
Spartacus: History Links for KS2
The Spartacus Website lists some useful sites to visit for the main Key Stage 2 History topics including Romans, Tudors, Victorians, Ancient Greeks and Britain since 1930.

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In depth look at British history for this period. Lots of detail (too much for some!) and pictures too.
Spectrum Biographies  
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Biographies of famous people. Subjects are as diverse as JS Bach, Julius Caesar, Leonard Bernstein, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, to name but a few. They are clearly written and comprehensive.
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An online interactive adventure provided by the Port Cities London. Take an interactive journey through the port of London from Roman times to the present day Complete tasks and follow the clues along the way. As well as the game there is an interactive timeline of the Port of London, a teachers' page and a message book. I am impressed with this, even though some of the Flash animations were a little slow to download.
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The BBC's Walk Through Time games. Can you spot the anachronisms?
World HyperHistory
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Difficult to describe in a few words by basically this site uses hyperlinked timelines to put history in perspective. Well worth a look.

Ancient Egypt    Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

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The British Museum's educational site. Excellent pages for pupils + good
teachers' pages with resources etc.
 Ancient Egyptian gods and their symbols
Just what it says on the tin! A table of the main gods has links to pages about each of them and their representative symbols. Other information includes Ancient Egyptian Arithmetic.
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Absolutely masses of stuff! Information, Timeline, games interactive multimedia pages and lots lots more. Great!
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Mark Millimore has produced this impressive site about Ancient Egypt. There is lots of clearly expressed information and lots of images, many of them showing what temples and other buildings looked like at the time. The quality of the images is impressive. You can also download screensavers and translate hieroglyphics.
Egyptian Artefacts
Photos of artefacts with notes about them. This site is from the Institute of  Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis (Tennessee, not Egypt!).
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Although this site is really aimed ar potential holiday makers it has lots of interesting and useful stuff for children. There is information, photographs, virtual tours of Cairo and several ancient sites (with panoramic photographs) and more
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An interactive site that deals with the Ancient Egyptian, Aztecs, Roman and Chinese Empires. The Library section provides an online notepad. There is a "visit the past" game and a "Features" section with lots of other stuff.
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List of links to Kidipede's Ancient Egyptian information.
Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago Museum Education Kids' Corner
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Here you can make your own mummy. (Seneb has died and you must help to mummify him. Remove his brain and organs not forgetting to put them into the correct jars, cover him in Natron and wrap him properly - all in gory detail that kids will love! There are other interactive things, too and a useful Teacher Resource Centre.
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From American PBS. Explore the inside of the Great Pyramid using
Quicktime.
Odyssey Online - Egypt, Greece, Rome
An attractive site with text that is within the reach of many 9-10 year olds. The information content seems a little thin, though.
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Lots of links for kids from Tony Poultry, formerly of Hugo Meynell School. Some of them are already on this list, some are not...
Tour Egypt
This is the official site of the Egyptian Tourist Authority.
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Follow Sven the Ostrich and Eric the Penguin as they visit Ancient Egypt. Not a huge amount of information but what's there is very simply and clearly written. The section on mummies is particularly useful. 
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Award-winning site - and deservedly so. There is just so much here!
Virtual Mummy
Learn about the way mummies can be investigated without damaging them. Unwrap a mummy's head on the screen. Fascinating!

Ancient Greeks   Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

Ancient Greece
Another suprb site from the British Museum - a stablemate for their excellent Ancient Egypt site.

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Basic information, simply presented.
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Kids will love this one. Plenty of information, all presented in a lively and colourful way. There is a Timeline, information about Athens and Olympia, interactive Flash animations about the Olympic Games, the Peloponnesian Wars and the Greek Theatre. There is also a useful glossary and a collection of resources, including images, sounds, investigations and a couple of downloadable worksheets to guide children in their use of the site.
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Part of the much larger (and excellent) American PBS site. Here you can hear the sound of Ancient Greek, Use an interactive map to explore ancient Athens, discover what you would have been if you had lived in ancient Greece, watch a short film about the Parthenon find out about some of the great characters of Athenian history and much more. There is also a section for teachers with lesson plans and background information.
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This looks fun. Here is a site that tells you how to organise your own class Olympic Games (with classroom activities substituted for the real athletics). Children research and then take on the role of "athletes" from one of 5 Greek city-states. Great idea!
Dionysus: God of Wine
I'm not sure that this site is appropriate for children because it is a wine club, but it does have lots of information about Greek mythology.
Greek and Roman Sites
This is a links list to websites that contain images of Greek and Roman artefacts and buildings. Grouped by their location around the world.
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Links to lotd of relevant kidipede pages.

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The Perseus Digital Library's pages about the great Greek hero.
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Useful information about soldiers and warfare (particularly Sparta) in Ancient Greece. A lot of the text is in capital letters, which makes it more difficult to read, but the information is worth looking at and there are some good photos of people dressed up as hoplites. Lots of information, too, about mythology. (Watch out for the little animated Next button at the bottom of each page).
Legion XIII also have sections on their website about Romans, Celts and Macedonians. (They also do school visits!)

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Another collection of information about the Greek gods. Lots of information about them and their stories.
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A site devoted to heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology. A kidsafe site, which also includes teachers' resource pages.
Odyssey Online - Egypt, Greece, Rome
An attractive site with text that is within the reach of many 9-10 year olds. The information content seems a little thin, though.
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The Perseus Digital Library's pages about the original Olympic Games.
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Animals, Heroes & Heroines, Villains, Gods and Games. Great!
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As well as being an introduction to the great philosopher and his works this site has some really useful general stuff. There is a comprehensive index of persons and places with information about both history and mythology and a set of maps of the Ancient World on which you can click the names of places to be presented with their entries in the index. Well worth a visit if you are finding out about Ancient Greece. (The text is probably rather difficult for younger children).
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This is a simple site produced by 3 American 6th graders. Some of the basic facts about Ancient Greece, simply and attractively presented.
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This is superb! Written for children (and there are notes pages for teachers, too) the site deals with the wars between Athens and Sparta as experienced by a variety of characters from each side. Each character tells their own story in 4 chapters. By reading each, children can learn about the history of the wars and about the very different kinds of life lived in the 2 cities. Definitely worth 2 Vaultman stars!
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The stories behind some well known constellations (The Great Bear, Orion and Perseus) - from The Royal Museums Greenwich.
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A comprehensive list with background information about each one. Nicely done.
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Follow Sven the Ostrich and Eric the Penguin as they visit Crete and Cyprus. Not a huge amount of information but what's there is very simply and clearly written.
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Lots of information about both ancient Greece and Ancient Rome on this award winning site.

Romans  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

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This site is aimed at Primary Teachers and upper KS2 students interested in Roman History. A comprehensive site from BBC Education. Text, maps, images and activities. This site is tied in to the BBC's ZigZag TV programmes on Ancient Rome and looks like it has been updated recently.

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An interactive site that deals with the Ancient Egyptian, Aztecs, Roman and Chinese Empires. The Library section provides an online notepad. There is a "visit the past" game and a "Features" section with lots of other stuff.
The Ermine Street Guard
(Roman Re-enactment Society) Basically a club website, but lots of photos of people dressed up as Roman soldiers
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List of links to Kidipede's pages about Ancient Rome.
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Lots of information and a simple quiz on every page. There are also games and quizzes.
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Useful information about soldiers and warfare. A lot of the text is in capital letters, which makes it more difficult to read, but the information is worth looking at and there are some good photos of people dressed up as Roman soliers. Some of the text is about the travels and charitable activities of the group but there are useful things mixed in. (Watch out for the little animated Next button at the bottom of each page).
Legion XIII also have sections on their website about Greeks, Celts and Macedonians. (They also do school visits!)
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The virtual Roman town. Explore the town and its buildings. Find out about life in a Roman town in Tuscany.
Odyssey Online - Egypt, Greece, Rome
An attractive site with text that is within the reach of many 9-10 year olds. The information content seems a little thin, though.

Pompeii Forum Project
An academic project. The website contains photos, maps and information about the forum at Pompeii.
Roman Britain
Pages from Britannia, America's Gateway to the British Isles.
The Roman Gask Project
The Gask was the first Roman defensive frontier in Britain (built 40 years before Hadrian's Wall). This site has lots of information about it.
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Children become virtual archaeologists and help explore the Roman past of Sandy in Bedfordshire. Looks good.
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 This site is part of the BBC's output aimed specifically at children in Scottish schools and up to the expected BBC standard.

Roman Emperors
An online encyclopaedia of Roman Emperors. Written for adults, but lots of information and pictures, too.

The Rome Project
The Dalton School in New York have produced this site for their students and share it with the world. Lots of links for older students.
Timeline of Roman Britain
A timeline with Hyperlinks. This site is part of Britannia History resources.
A Visual Compendium of Roman Emperors
A list of the Roman Emperors with links to pictures photos of coins from their periods and other information.

Anglo-Saxons    Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

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Part of the BBC's History for Kids section. Here you will find information about the Anglo-Saxon invasion, Anglo-Saxon life, beliefs and pastimes. There is a glossary, a resources section, a collection of interactive activities and section for teachers and parents.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
An excellent series of chronicles, covering AD 1 to AD 1154. Also includes a useful timeline and King Arthur background and information.
  The Lindisfarne Gospels
Information from the British Library about this beautiful 7th century book. You can also see 40 of the best pages of the book in the Turning the Pages section of the website, see  Turning the Pages - Sacred Texts.
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Regia Anglorum is a re-enactment group who are dedicated to the period around the time of the Norman Conquest. They strive for accuracy both in their re-enactments and in the information that they offer. Their website is a veritable hoard of information about the period 950 - 1066 and if you are studying Invaders, Saxons, Vikings or Normans this is a must visit website. Regia Anglorum have a fascinating project, to build a replica fortified Anglo-Saxon manor house in Kent. The project has its own (fascinating and informative) website at http://www.wychurst.com/mainindex.htm. Regia Anglorum also do sessions for schools. If you are interested the contact details are on the website.

Vikings and Celts  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

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Links to a broad range of information and activities on the BBC's website. In particular look in the Multimedia Zone for the game Viking Quest and the 3D Viking House
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Up to the BBC's usual high standards. A child friendly site with section about the Viking invasion, Viking life, beliefs, travel and exploration, what happened to the Vikings? There is also a resources section, a glossary, interactive activities and a teachers' section.
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Grim Gruesome, Viking Villain, is a series of children's novels by Rosalind Kerven. The supporting website is worth exploring, there are teaching ideas, games and activities as well as information about Vikings. There are also photographs of places in Norway and Iceland that will help children to picture the life of Vikings.
  The Jorvik Viking Centre
A web site linked to the Jorvik Viking Centre situate in York. Admission times, ways to use the centre, school visits.
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"Longship has built a nationally known reputation as being one of the leading specialists in bringing Saxon & Viking living history displays into schools. Our visits are designed to relate to the history national curriculum.." Lots of information about Longship and the things they do. There is a "For Kids" section that children will love. It begins with a warning "These pages are intended for children who are studying the Vikings & Saxons at school, and contain pictures and information not suitable for wimps. You have been warned!"
Nordic Gods

Mostly about Viking gods and mythology. There is also information about runes and names of Norse origin.
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Regia Anglorum is a re-enactment group who are dedicated to the period around the time of the Norman Conquest. They strive for accuracy both in their re-enactments and in the information that they offer. Their website is a veritable hoard of information about the period 950 - 1066 and if you are studying Invaders, Saxons, Vikings or Normans this is a must visit website. Regia Anglorum have a fascinating project, to build a replica fortified Anglo-Saxon manor house in Kent. The project has its own (fascinating and informative) website at http://www.wychurst.com/mainindex.htm. Regia Anglorum also do sessions for schools. If you are interested the contact details are on the website.
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Basic information, a few downloadable worksheets, some pictures that children can use in their work and a quiz.
Vikings
Clear factual information about Vikings from the National Maritime Museum.
Vikings Online
Downloadable resources for teachers from the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Viking Mythology
Lots of information about Viking myths and gods (Aesir - gods - and Asinjur - goddesses).
Viking Voyage 1000
Viking Voyage 1000 This site documents the Viking Voyage 1000 project, which took place on Aug 15th 1997. To use some of the functions on this site, you will need RealPlayer and Shockwave software.

Normans  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

Kids Castle
Medieval castles to explore! This is part of the excellent Kids on the Net website.

Castles of Britain
A site devoted to providing information about Britain's rich heritage of castles. Lots of information the site is simply structured but navigating it is a little clunky (Click on the orange text).
Castles on the Web
Another excellent site with lots of useful information about castles and the people who lived in them. There is a comprehensive glossary page and a page of fun links for kids.   (You need to close down the annoying advertising window that pops up when you first enter the site)
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This is an interesting and fun site by the ever-reliable National Geographic. You can explore a castle and meet the ghosts who "live" there. Each ghost tells you a little about his/her life and function in the castle. Lots to find out.
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Successor to History for Kids. Just write Normans or castles in the search box to find links to the relevant kidipede pages.
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Information presented in a very child friendly way. partially focused on using information to support creative writing. The site used to take submissions of writing from children (and may do so again in the future) but there is still lots of children's writing to read.
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Regia Anglorum is a re-enactment group who are dedicated to the period around the time of the Norman Conquest. They strive for accuracy both in their re-enactments and in the information that they offer. Their website is a veritable hoard of information about the period 950 - 1066 and if you are studying Invaders, Saxons, Vikings or Normans this is a must visit website. Regia Anglorum have a fascinating project, to build a replica fortified Anglo-Saxon manor house in Kent. The project has its own (fascinating and informative) website at http://www.wychurst.com/mainindex.htm. Regia Anglorum also do sessions for schools. If you are interested the contact details are on the website.

Aztecs  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

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A ThinkQuest site/ Lots of information in child friendly language.
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From the ever reliable Snaith Primary School. Excellent.
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Another really useful site from Nettlesworth Primary School.
Aztec Calendar
A site dedicated to the Aztec and Mayan calendars. It includes a list of the gods, with pictures  and a brief explanation of each.
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Mexicolore are a small, independent teaching team, established in 1980, specializing in educational services for schools, museums and everyone with a serious interest in the Aztecs. The Aztecs section of their website gives a wealth of information, stories and images about the Aztecs.I would particularly recommend the new (Nov 2004) Kids Pages which are SUPERB!
Teotihuacan - City of the Dead
Information and video clips of this ancient mesoamerican city

Indus Valley Civilisation  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

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Packed with information, images and maps about the ancient civilisations of the Indus Valley. The Slide Introduction is a good place to start. There is also a teachers' page (mainly a list of things you can buy to support work on this topic, which few publishers seem to touch).

Tudors and Stuarts  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

16th Century Fashion
A site about women's clothing in Tudor times.
Agecroft Hall
Agecroft Hall is a Tudor mansion that has been dismantled and reassembled in the USA. Interesting information. It is well worth following the link to their newsletter, The Scribe, for some interesting information.

Armada Hunt
From the Royal Museums Greenwich, an interactive investigation of a painting of the Spanish Armada. Gather clues and information by clicking on the painting.
BBC Kings and Queens Timeline
Explore the monarchs of England and later the United Kingdom through time, illustrated with contemporary portraits and key events from each period. Then play the game and see if you can remember who reigned when. There are four periods to explore. The Plantagenets and the Houses of Lancaster and York are featured in the first period, the Tudors and Stuarts in the second, and the House of Hanover in the third. The timeline concludes with the Windsors.   (Needs Flash 4)
Before and After the Great Fire of London ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Wenceslaus Hollar produced 2 panoramas of London 20 years apart, one before and one after the Great Fire. This excellent little thing from the BBC compares them so that you can see what changed. (You have to look quite closely - there seems to have been a lot less devastation than most people think).
The Development of Parliamentary Authority
This area of Parliament's own website has three sections that explain and chart the development of Parliament before, during and after the English Civil War. It should be accessible to KS3 and to KS2 (with a little supportive explanation). It includes sections on the civil War, The Gunpowder Plot and The Glorious Revolution.
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Lots and lots of information about Elizabeth I, her life and times. A bit wordy in places but very informative. Useful for KS2 children who are good readers.

Explore the Mary Rose Lots of information, including a 3D model of the Mary Rose. You will need to download the viewer for it (which only works on Internet Explorer).
The Great Fire of London
Another account of the fire, this one is from The London Fire Brigade and Anglia Campus. The text is a little more "grown up" than the previous one. There's a good picture and a long quotation from Pepys' diary.
The Great Fire of London - Newspaper Report ks2.gif (967 bytes)ks3.gif (965 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
The text of The London Gazette for the week of the fire. Read the contemporary newspaper report. Fascinating!
Hampton Court
The Official Visitors' site. Lots of useful information, especially if you are planning a visit.
Henry VIII and the Tudors ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
An informative and simply presented site, well designed for children. There is lots of useful stuff aimed at 7-11 year olds. Kids will love the animations of the wives' fates!
History on the Net - Stuartsks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Lots of information in terms that KS2/3 children will find accessible and enjoyable. There are also links to other historical topics.
King Henry VIII
You can have Henry VIII visit your school! (Actually, of course, it's an actor playing the part). As well as telling you how to book him, and having lots of photographs of him, "Henry" has written stories about his 6 wives and other Tudor topics.

Life in Tudor Times

Masses of information about Tudor life and characters. lots of the pages have extracts form contemporary documents (eg a description of Queen Mary). This is definitely one for the adult reader but could be a very useful source of information for teachers.

On Board the Mary Rose Lots of information about King Henry VIII's flagship. As well as things to read there are interactive things to do.
Samuel Pepys Diary
Here you can find out about the man and read his diary in modern print. You start on the date that you access the site (only in 1661) but you can get back to the beginning easily enough.
Snaith Primary School's Tudor Pages ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Snaith Primary's site is a national treasure. Here's what they say about their Tudors section : This section of our website provides a selection of resources that will enhance your study of Tudor and Elizabethan history. We haven't used many words ... but hope that you will think about and enjoy the pictures that you see.  A picture is worth a thousand words!! There are some great online activities for children. Have a look for yourself!
The Spanish Armada -Did God really help the English? ks2.gif (967 bytes)ks3.gif (965 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
In a battle about religious affiliation people believed that unexpected events showed the hand of God at work. This page from the Public Record Office's Learning Curve presents facsimiles of documents etc. and asks searching questions about them.
Spartacus Tudor and Stuart Links for 11-14 year olds ks2.gif (967 bytes)ks3.gif (965 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)

Spartacus Tudor and Stuart Links for 14-18 year olds ks3_4.gif (1080 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
A couple of excellent links pages from the ever reliable Spartacus.
Target the Tudors ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Learn about life in Tudor London by learning about real people who lived there then. Excellent site from the Museum of London.
Tudor England

Written by an enthusiast. There are useful (and long) biographies of monarchs, Henry VIII's wives and other notables as well as links to primary source documents. More for teachers and older pupils, but very interesting.
Tudor Explorationks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Excellent! Flash animations, information and humour - what more could a KS2 child ask for? Hooray for the National Maritime Museum!
Tudor History
Who's who, Life in Tudor Times, Genealogies and Chronologies and much, much more. Go! See!
Tudor Bonnets
Drawings from the time of Tudor headwear and links to other Tudor clothing related sites.(Click the little pictures to see them bigger).
Tudor Cookery ks2.gif (967 bytes)
Video clip from the BBC of a Tudor mother and daughter preparing a meal.. The page includes teacher guidance for using the clip.
Tudor Dress
Lots of images from the time of women's clothing. (Click the little pictures to see them bigger).
Tudor England
Lots of information, links, primary sources, pictures etc. Well worth a look.
Tudor Quick Quizzes
Lots of 60 second quizzes from History on the Net
Tudor Timeline ks2.gif (967 bytes)
Britannia present a Tudor Timeline with links to pages about all the Tudor monarchs and other important historical characters of the time.
Weak and feeble woman...
A long quote from Elizabeth I's famous speech during the invasion of the Spanish Armada.
Welcome to the Mary Rose ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
First rate site on Henry VIII's favourite warship. Very readable text, excellent graphics and even a 3D model. Wow! Great site to use with KS2 children.
Sir Thomas More
Studious site suitable for teachers looking for background information on the saint. Of little interest to children.
Sir Walter Raleigh
Link from the Information Devon Webpage. Database about Sir Walter with links to other pages/sites. Perhaps a little outdated in appearance.

Victorians  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

BBC Victorian History Trail ks2.gif (967 bytes)ks3.gif (965 bytes)
Very useful for KS2 / 3 children (and teachers).
The Age of Empire ks2.gif (967 bytes)ks3.gif (965 bytes)
Web page with numerous interesting historical links such as Prime Ministers 1721-1901. It is part of the Britannia website so loads of links to Monarchs from 802AD, Timelines, Historical documents and maps, King Arthur, Time
period links and Early British Kingdoms. An excellent site for historical research at KS2/3.
Children in Victorian Britain ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
These stylish and well produce pages are part of the BBC's History section. You are offered two versions, standard or interactive. The site deals with 3 aspects of the topic: children at work, children at play and children at school.
Florence Nightingale
A rather eclectic collection of things about Florence Nightingale. The most useful part perhaps is about how a young upper class Victorian would get dressed in the morning and about her daily life.
Four Famous Victorians
Information about four famous Victorians: Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Benjamin Disraeli.
The History of Costume by Braun Schneider - c.1861-1880
Web site showing plates of costumes from the Egyptians to Late 19th century from around the world. A good visual resource that would aid lots of different topics. The pictures can be enlarged.
Queen Victoria - Images of her World
A collection of images of Queen Victoria, her family and court. There is a useful list of her children, too.
Rev.Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - Photographer
The Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was much better known as Lewis Carroll. As well as being a mathematician, writer of children's stories and poet, he was also a keen photographer. Here you can see some of his photographs, including some of the original Alice (Alice Liddell) and of several other well known Victorians. There are also links to other sites about him, including one that has lots of his photos.
A Step Back in Time - Victorian House ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Part of The BBC's History output. Animated cartoon adventure, a modern girl visits her house as it was in Victorian times.
Trade and Empire ks3.gif (965 bytes)
Part of the National Maritime Museum's website. This one contains 5 online activities, with teachers' notes and downloadable investigations linked to primary resources.
Victoria
Britannia.com's page about Queen Victoria. Lots about her life and times.
The Victorians (Snaith Primary School)
A colourful and informative site from this primary school in  Yorkshire.
The Victorians (Nettlesworth Primary School)

Lots of information, colourfully presented on this primary school's site.
Victorian Childrens' Website (Channel 4) ks2.gif (967 bytes)
Aimed squarely at the QCA History unit 11: Victorian Children. While not exhaustive, it provides resources and interactive tasks for pupils which cover the learning objectives of the scheme. There are sections on Victorian Schools, Victorian Timelines, People Who Helped Children and A Victorian Toyshop.
Victorian Christmas and Other Customs
How Victorians celebrated Christmas. This is actually a company that sells reproduction victoriana,, such as cards, games, stationery and scrapbooks, but there is  a lot of useful information about Victorian customs
A Victorian Christmas
Another site giving much more information about how Christmas was celebrated in Queen Victoria's day.
Victorian and Edwardian Photographs vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
 A huge collection of photographs with information about how to date your own old photos.  A wonderful place to see Victorians fashions, hair styles etc. Absolutely fascinating. There are some photos of famous Victorians (most of whom I had never heard of!)
A Victorian Diary ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Closely tied to the excellent Channel 4 TV series of the same name. There are quizzes, fact files, writing and reading tasks and the texts of the diaries of characters from the series together with a timeline and a MyWorld-style "dress the Victorian Lady" activity. There are also teachers' notes.
Victorian Powys ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Although focused on Mid-Wales, this informative site has lots to say about more general topics such as workhouses, religion and schools. The collection of local history materials is absolutely fascinating, with stories told by reference and quotes from primary sources. I really recommend this!
Victorian Street ks2.gif (967 bytes)
The BBC's Walk Through Time games. Can you spot the anachronisms?
Victorian Timeline (1)
A Chronological list of events during Victoria's reign.
A Victorian Timeline (2)
This one has colour coded columns for Technology & Science, Arts, Military and other Events.
The Victorian Web
This web site has everything you would ever want to know about the Victorians in the form of links and databases about the Literature, History and culture in the age of the Victorians.
Workhouses
A collection of information about a huge number of workhouses in England, Scotland Wales and Ireland. Details and photographs make a comprehensive study. More suitable for older pupils.

World Wars 1 and 2  Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

Anne Frank Museum, Amsterdam vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)ks2.gif (967 bytes)
Search around and you can find information about Anne Frank, her life and times and an excellent "3D" tour of the Secret Annex. Great activities and information for pupils if you follow the Worldwide tab and click on Education.

Britain at War ks2.gif (967 bytes)
Nettleworth Primary School's Pages about WW2. Lots of information set out in a simple and easily accessed way. A good starting point for pupils
Chesterfield In The Second World War ks2.gif (967 bytes)
One woman's memories as recorded by children at Heath Primary School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire/
Children of World War II ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
From the BBC, this site is linked to the ZigZag TV series. There are sections about a wartime home, rationing and evacuation. There is an excellent Research Room with images and recorded sounds (air raid sirens and the all clear). The site is very interactive and the language just right for KS2.
The Home Guard
A page from Spartacus.net about the history of the Home Guard (often referred to as "Dad's Army").
The Home Front
Pages from the Snapshots section of the Public Record Office's National Archive. The page has a series of wartime images with questions.
The Imperial War Museum
This homepage has links to several subsites: The IWM itself, The Cabinet War Rooms, IWM Duxford, HMS Belfast and IWM North.
The Learning Curve Topics 1939-Present vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)ks2.gif (967 bytes)
The Learning Curve is the educational website of the UK National Archive. This is a list of the topics they have for this time period. Well worth looking at.
Private 5776807
Freddie Taylor enlisted in 1939, served in the Far East and finished the war as a PoW of the Japanese. This site contains extracts from his wartime diary and information about his life since the end of the war. It makes fascinating reading.
Remember.org
This site is a cyber library of the Holocaust. There is a huge amount of information accessible through this link.
Spywatch
This award winning site, part of the BBC's educational output, is based on the TV series of the same name. Set in the 1940s the work is based on developing literacy skills. "Soon, you're going back in time to the 1940s in the Second World War. Your mission is to track down spy suspects and become a Master Spycatcher." You can download the whole site to use offline.
Trenches on the web
This is a first rate site, detailing the history of the First World War.
The Wilkinson Lemonade Factory Disaster vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Whilst the title sounds comedic the site is far from it. Dedicated to 107 people who died when a public air raid shelter in North Shields suffered a direct hit by a German bomb in 1941, this site tells the story of the disaster, has lots of information about the effects of war on one community and lists the names of those who died, each linked to details about them, some with additional information from surviving relatives. A very moving website.

Britain (mainly) Since the 1930s

Bound for Britain
A lesson plan + resources from the National Archives about the large scale immigration from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 60s.
Britain Since the 1930s Cyberhunt ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)

One of our very own cyberhunts!
Britain Since the 1930s (WW2 - Woodlands Junior School  ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Masses of stuff about the war from the ever reliable Woodlands Junior School.
Life in Britain Since the War 
A very useful site from Channel4 Learning - includes basic information, downloadable images that children could use, a quiz and a few downloadable worksheets.
Whirligig-TV
Find out what TV was like in the 1950s

The 20th Century Don't forget to look in the General History Links, too!

Apollo 11
Loads of information and links to some excellent sites about Earth, Mars etc. well worth a visit.

The Struggle Against Slavery

Potted biographies of some of the key campaigners against slavery in the USA.


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