Useful resources

The Yorkshire Preface to the Bayeux Tapestry

“The Yorkshire Preface to the Bayeux Tapestry”

A great website about a Local Heritage Initiative funded project to create panels in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry to tell the events that took place in Yorkshire prior to the Battle of Hastings.

Overview of the project –

Photos of the panels in progress –

Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Peter Norman

The story of Peter Norman, the white Australian in this photo.

This is an excellent article about Peter Norman, the white Australian sprinter who was awarded the silver medal alongside John Carlos and Tommie Smith while they raised their black-gloved fists and bowed their heads as the US National Anthem was played.


WW1 Royal Familyrelationships

WW1 European Royal Family Tree graphic from @BrookingsInst

This graphic from the excellent Brookings Essay “The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War” by Margaret MacMillan shows the close family relationship between the three key European monarchs: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany; King George V of England; and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Click the thumbnail below to load the full-size version.

WW1 Royal Familyrelationships

We Are History display

‘We Are History’ photo collage display to download

I created this photo collage as a title for one of my display boards. Each letter is made up of images I collected for my daily HistoryPod podcast so they cover a range of events from the Wild West to the Space Race and the Qing dynasty to Tiananmen Square.  The letters make a great display board title when cut out – around it I added front page images from various editions of Time magazine covering the past few decades.

It makes a great conversation starter – students have enjoyed identifying the images, or quizzing me about the events they relate to.

You can download a PDF of the letters below. To give you an idea of size, the word “We” is the width of an A4 sheet.


Royal Mail WW1 stamps

How do we remember WW1? Royal Mail stamps make a great starter


The full details for this stamp set are available on the Royal Mail website at
Royal Mail WW1 stamps

Map of the trenches

Map showing extent of WW1 trench movement, Aug 1914-Nov 1918

This fabulous map comes from the Harvard University Map Collection.

Map of the trenches

Photo comparing daily diets of the ‘haves’ vs ‘have nots’ in France 1789

Photo comparing daily diets of the 'haves' vs 'have nots' in France 1789 from



East Germans protesting in Leipzig, Oct 1989 weeks before the Berlin Wall fell

Bucking the popular myth of impromptu fall of the Berlin Wall these East Germans were protesting in Leipzig, Oct 1989

Bingo Baker: add words & share the link to create random bingo cards

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Dark grey text on a photo of an older person adds gravitas

Add a bit of dark grey text to a stock photo of an older person to make your message seem more important