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Reading Lists

  • Were the Peasants really Revolting? The Great Revolt of 1381 and its Aftermath by Dr Claire Kennan. Please follow this link to access a reading list put together by our speaker Dr Kennan

Upcoming Historic-All Lectures


  • Tuesday 8th 4-5pm: Alexandra Morris, PhD Student in History, Teesside University

 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield: Tutankhamun and Disability

Tutankhamun, an 18th dynasty Egyptian pharaoh and the most iconic figure in ancient Egypt recognized for the extreme beauty of his funerary goods and tomb by nearly everyone worldwide, remains embroidered and hyperbolized. He is now known to have been disabled with a clubbed foot, Kohler’s disease, and cleft palate; several potentially severely painful disabling conditions. There has been little to no recognition in the Egyptology and archaeology communities of how his disability factored into his personal, political, religious, and social roles within Egyptian society. Additionally, almost no recognition of his disability is mentioned in contemporary materials made for the general public. He remains the perfect face of a pharaoh, despite his very real disabilities. There has been little consideration or research into whether his tomb was adapted to fit his needs as a disabled man. This presentation will explore how Tutankhamun ╠ôs tomb was perhaps modified to fit his needs as a disabled person, through an examination of the tomb layout, certain artefacts, botanical materials, artwork, and other grave goods. This presentation will also show how his tomb is perhaps the pinnacle of disability acceptance that existed within the various facets of ancient Egyptian society. Finally, it posits that disability need not be hyperbolized into an all or nothing proposition, and his injuries and death may have been caused by a confluence of events.

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  • Tuesday 22nd 4-5pm: Sharon Connolly, Medieval Historian and author.

Remarkable women in medieval history

Sharon Bennett Connolly will present a talk highlighting some of the medieval women whose stories have inspired others down the centuries. Her talk will include those women who founded dynasties, inspired reform and fought to defend their homes. From the great heiresses to religious anchorites, Sharon will speak of how women of all classes and vocations influenced European history.

Sharon Bennett Connolly is the best-selling author of 3 non-fiction history books. Sharon is the author of Heroines of the Medieval WorldSilk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest and Ladies of Magna Carta: Women of Influence in Thirteenth Century England. Her fourth book, Defenders of the Norman Crown: Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey, telling the story of the Warenne earls over 300 years and 8 generation, is due to be released in May 2021. A member of the Royal Historical Society, Sharon has studied history academically and just for fun – and has even worked as a tour guide at historical sites. She writes the popular history blog, Sharon regularly gives talks on women's history; she is a feature writer for All About History magazine and her TV work includes Australian Television's 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

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Historic-All Lecture Update- now weekly!

Thank you all for your support of our free public lecture programme so far. Originally, we intended to host these monthly but due to the current lockdown we have decided to host at least one a week during this Half Term. We hope that these lectures will help students and the wider community during this period of remote working, and we are incredibly grateful to all the speakers who agreed to take part at late notice. 

For this academic year, all lectures will be online and shared via Microsoft Teams. Details about how to join the events (free of charge) will be available via the school website and via Twitter: @Historic_All

Our monthly scheduled lectures will still continue from March.

The aim of these lectures is multifaceted: they expose our students and the wider community to academics and scholarly debate, and they are intended for History teachers to continue to build subject knowledge, but most importantly they foster a love and interest in the subject. This also fits in with our wider school remit of being a Village College, inspired by the ideas of Henry Morris, in which schools should act as a community hub and that education is a lifelong process. Everyone is welcome- spread the word!

Thank you for all your help and please do get in touch if you have any questions. 

Best wishes,

Miss Angell

Q & As

A number of historians have very kindly answered a range of questions about their work and interests.

Dr R Aitken

Dr A Holmes-Henderson

Prof P Mandler

S Bennett Connolly

Dr A Keil

J Robinson

C Cooper

Dr C Kennan

S P Sivasundaram

Prof M Gaskill

Dr H Lyon

Dr D L Smith

Prof R Gildea