Award-winning video lessons, designed to drive engagement and improve historical understanding.
45 Video Lessons
130 Classroom Activities
1. World War OneTopic overview
We interview Europe’s leaders on the eve of war to explore the underlying tensions and rivalries.
Run time: 06:46
A fast-paced newscast charting the order and speed of events leading to the outbreak of war.
Run time: 01:54
Was it just for ‘King and Country’? We explore why men were motivated to sign up, and why they kept fighting.
Run time: 04:21
General Sir Douglas Haig is in the spotlight to defend his strategy on the ill-fated first day of the Somme.
Run time: 04:21
Our panel of judges consider which weapons would be most effective on the Western Front.
Run time: 06:07
Explore the harsh realities of war with this iconic poem by Wilfred Owen
Run time: 01:17
Rupert Brooke delivers a more optimistic view on the soldiers' experience
Run time: 02:47
2. World War TwoTopic overview
Neville Chamberlain defends his policy of appeasement towards Hitler in a cabinet debate.
Run time: 03:24
Visit London during the Blitz to see how life changed during the dangerous wartime years.
Run time: 05:13
Great Britain, the USA, and the Soviet Union stake their claim as the most significant ally.
Run time: 07:01
Truman defends his decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki against competing opinions.
Run time: 02:46
3. Industrial RevolutionTopic overview
From agriculture to industry, meet the pioneers who transformed Britain's economy and society.
Run time: 05:54
Explore the impact of industrialisation on Britain's emerging class system.
Run time: 04:59
William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson and Olaudah Equiano stake their claim for bringing about the abolition of slavery.
Run time: 06:37
From the Luddites to the Suffragettes, we meet the protesters who made their voices heard in dangerous times.
Run time: 06:22
We explore the rise of the British Empire and consider how it was able to grow so quickly.
Run time: 03:50
4. 20th CenturyTopic overview
Navigate the highs and lows of the 20th century in this exciting six minute video!
Run time: 05:45
Listen in on conversations amongst the German people to understand how Hitler was able to take power.
Run time: 05:16
Explore the reasons for the collapse of the British Empire in the 20th century.
Run time: 04:33
Berlin ‘48, Cuba ‘62, or Vietnam? Which brought the world closest to another world war?
Run time: 09:18
Explore the political, social and economic impact of the Olympic Games.
Run time: 05;22
5. MedievalTopic overview
Take a fast-paced tour through medieval England, starting with the Battle of Hastings in 1066!
Run time: 06:21
Did the effects of the Black Death help cause the Peasants' Revolt?
Run time: 02:43
A group of barons review the merits and pitfalls of previous monarchs with the help of a court jester.
Run time: 06:14
How will the panel of judges rate changing castle designs of the Middle Ages?
Run time: 06:06
Visit a village and meet the locals to understand why the church was so central to medieval life.
Run time: 06:28
6. Early ModernTopic overview
From Henry VIII to William of Orange, we provide an exciting tour through Britain’s most iconic dynasties in six minutes.
Run time: 06:40
The official religion of the country was changing repeatedly, but was the public really so quick to make radical changes?
Run time: 04:13
Can our troubled protagonist bring himself to sign Charles I's death warrant?
Run time: 05:03
Join our investigative team as they dig up the reputation of one of Britain's most controversial figures.
Run time: 05:41
This was the age of reason, so why did it also witness a rash of trials and executions for witchcraft?
Run time: 05:32
7. Cold WarTopic overview
Adam Smith and Karl Marx set up heated ideological debate between the USA and USSR.
Run time: 04:34
Our intrepid reporter meets local people on both sides of the Berlin Wall to find out what life was like in a divided city.
Run time: 05:03
The superpowers attempt to justify proxy wars from the Korean War to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Run time: 05:13
The superpowers attempt to justify proxy wars from the Vietnam War to the Soviet-Afghan War.
Run time: 06:11
With a little inspiration from West Side Story, we chart the nuclear arms race between the USA and USSR.
Run time: 03:14
8. The British EmpireTopic overview
Meet the colonists and learn about their motives for exploring and exploiting around the world.
Run time: 04:25
Meet those who resisted the rise of the British Empire in this engaging musical video.
Run time: 5:12
Join our investigative team as they uncover the truth about the Slave Compensation Act in 1837.
Run time: 6:01
British leaders go head-to-head with adversaries from across the expanding Empire.
Run time: 05:42
Join Chris and Nelufar in London to explore the impact of the British Empire on our lives today.
Run time: 07:02