The History department currently have two projects already running, The ‘The Forgotten Front: WWI Research project’ and ‘A People’s History of Kent’ have joined together to focus on local history research, aimed at students in Year 12 and 13, in order to foster and cultivate a unique culture of research within History and the Humanities and prepare them as future undergrads.
The Forgotten Front:
After 5 successful years of running ‘The Forgotten Front’, we are continuing to use the centenary of the war and its aftermath to explore undergraduate style themes and learning; ultimately to try to uncover unknown histories of the area. The project has a proven track record of helping students develop a research culture that A Level courses do not provide, offer access to university style seminars with academics and experts including the University of Kent and vitally, inspiring a historical curiosity across new types of history. The project runs through 3 phases over the year; the ‘inspiration phase’ which sees experts share their latest research in their fields in order to model what research can look like and spark interests; secondly, the ‘research phase’ to carry out and develop their own ideas and thirdly to create an end product using their research.
The People’s History of Kent Project:
The People’s History of Kent Project involves students accessing archive material at the Chatham Dockyards, Templeman Library and at Betteshangar Country Park. Students will engage with a wide range of people’s history including an exploration of our role in the abolition of slavery, mining history and a study of the Red Dean at Canterbury cathedral. Students will work alongside professional historians and academics at UKC. The expectation is that students can use their research to help with EPQs and to compile an online repository of local, hidden histories. In addition this will involve training – in terms of research skills, curating and presentations.