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Birkbeck History Teachers Network

The Birkbeck History Teachers Network was established in 2016 to provide a formal and informal forum for secondary school teachers who are currently studying at, or are alumni of, the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, as well as their colleagues. The network is designed for teachers to make contact with each other and with academics at Birkbeck, and share resources and support. We are particularly keen to strengthen collaborations between school history teachers and university lecturers. We are also keen to make teachers’ studies at Birkbeck as relevant as possible to their work in their classrooms.

If you would like to be informed about the next meeting of the Birkbeck History Teachers Network, please email

Recent activities of HCA colleagues in schools and with school teachers:

May 2019 meeting of the History Teachers Network, was part of the Department’s Discover the Past activities: Ben Walsh and Rebecca Sullivan (The Historical Association), Andrew Payne (The National Archives), John Siblon and Nicole Albrecht (PhD students at the Department), and other school teachers and academic historians discussed the creation and use of teaching resources for use in the classroom.

The Hidden Persuaders project (PI Daniel Pick) worked with 80 Year 12 students from three London schools on the theme of brainwashing.

The Reluctant Internationalist project (PI Jessica Reinisch) worked with the illustrator Francesca Sanna and ran primary school workshops around the theme of migration, flight, war and empathy.

Nik Wachsmann’s AHRC project and subsequent research produced a website of teaching and learning resources about the Nazi Concentration Camps.

Jessica Reinisch and the Historical Association ran a Teacher Fellowship Programme on the Cold War, which produced a number of classroom teaching resources on Cold War history.