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The British Empire
The British Empire is a contentious period of history that is coming under increasing amounts of scrutiny. As a key subject for your Key Stage 3 pupils study of ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901 section of the National Curriculum and substantial portion of AQA, OCR and Edexcel GCSE specifications, the importance of this topic cannot be overstated.
We have designed the resources below to help your pupils learn, whether they are in the classroom or at home. They will also support and complement a visit.
Check out out our British Empire workshop.
Download the Empire Teacher Pack (257 KB, pdf) for helpful information and tips on how these resources can assist in your lesson planning.
The Great Rebellion, 1857
Complied of original sources, the events of the Great Rebellion in 1857 are depicted from multiple points of view.
Warning: this video contains outdated language at approximately 10:56 into the video and graphic descriptions of war that may be unsuitable for young children. Teacher/Parental guidance is strongly advised.
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Blood, toil, tears and sweat - Winston Churchill, 1940
The below recording is of Winston Churchill's first speech as Prime Minister. He condemns the Third Reich of Germany and its advancements into Europe, whilst emphasising the survival of the British Empire and all that it stands for.
Excerpt from the Proclamation, by the Queen in Council to the Princes, Chiefs and People of India- Queen Victoria, 1858
This modern day recording is of an excerpt from the speech given by Queen Victoria when the British crown took control of Colonial India from the East India Company. This happened as a result of The Great Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Indian Mutiny or the First War of Independence.
All the below images are from our collection and will enhance students visual understanding of the British Empire.
Click/tap the image to reveal more information, including a link to further information and more images of the object.
The British Empire in India
The Anglo-Afghan War
The British Empire in the First and Second World War
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