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Date and time
Monday, June 28, 2021 - 09:30
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 09:30
Friday, July 2, 2021 - 09:30
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 09:30
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 09:30
Friday, July 16, 2021 - 09:30

About the Event

The University of Chester's Department of History and Archaeology are hosting a series of history workshops for schools and colleges to accompany their documentary film series - A Global History in One City. 

Modern, thriving and quirky, the bustling 21st-century Chester we see today has been built around history. The city’s ancient cathedral, medieval walls, Roman amphitheatre and gardens, and the 13th-century Rows, all keep us in touch with Chester’s compelling and important past.

In the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester, the study of the past ranges over nearly two thousand years, from the fall of Rome to Cold War America. Members of the Department are experts on a wide range of topics and periods, covering the Vikings, the Crusades, the Consumer Revolution, the English Civil War, the Holocaust, Genocide, and minorities and migration in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is a truly global mix of specialisms.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Department’s historians and archaeologists set themselves the challenge of rooting their own research in the city of Chester itself, to demonstrate how the local history of Chester is undeniably part of a rich and dynamic global history.  

This local focus has resulted in a documentary film series, written and presented by University of Chester’s historians and archaeologists, and shot ‘on location’ in Chester.

The Films

The following blog posts feature a synopsis about each of the first four films in the series:

The Workshops

Schools and colleges are invited to book one either of the following 1-hour sessions that accompanies each of these documentary films. 

  • A history workshop run by the team of lecturers (and, where available, the students) behind each film
  • A Q&A session with the documentary film team

Teachers will be sent a link to the documentary film of their choice, available on YouTube which can be viewed in the classroom or shared with students to watch at home in advance of the workshop.

  • Workshops can be delivered via the preferred online platform of each school or college, or on Microsoft Teams if hosted by the University. 
  • To take part in the workshop it is best to have a camera and screen set up at the front of the classroom, and for all participants to be able to see the screen.
  • Ideally workshop facilitators would want to be able to see all the students in the camera frame in order to give feedback and bespoke support.

Workshops are available on the following dates, with 1 hour workshops based on your chosen film, bookable between 9:30am and 15:00pm to fit around your timetable. You can give details of your class timings on the booking form

Monday 28th June
Thursday 1st July
Friday 2nd July
Tuesday 13th July
Thursday 15th July 
Friday 16th July

*We will do our best to accomodate all requests, however the sessions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.