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insight4me History: Momentous Moments In English History – 1. Henry VIII & 2. English Revolution With University Of East Anglia & Goldsmiths, University of London

21st January 2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00




insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12 & 13 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how, in this case, History is taught.

In this insight4me History webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, University Of East Anglia & Goldsmiths, University of London, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Momentous Moments in English History, the universities have the freedom to choose their own topic and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.

Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the History spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications.

By hearing from 2 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of History can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

Full details of the universities and their talks will appear below when available. 

  • University of East Anglia: Dr Jessica Sharkey will present Henry VIII: The worst English king? Henry VIII is the most famous English king known for his short temper, big appetites and abundance of wives.  This session will consider afresh how successful he really was.  From gambling with the souls of his subject to vast cultural spoliation: was Henry VIII the worst monarch in English history?
  • Goldsmiths, University of London: Dr Ariel Hessayon will deliver
    Radicalism during the English Revolution, 1641-1660. The short lecture examines arguably the most turbulent period in all English history: 1641–1660.  These years were marked by rebellion in Ireland; bloody Civil Wars in Britain; political, religious and social radicalism; regicide; eleven years of republican rule; and the de facto restoration of the monarchy. One would think that by now there is nothing new for historians to learn yet the opposite is true, for there remains a lack of consensus as to the causes of events, the manner in which some of them occurred and their significance.  Even the name is in dispute.  We explore radicalism during the English Revolution and the role of historians in interpreting and representing its nature and significance during this period.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students studying, or with a possible interest in studying, History and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying History at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



21st January 2021
14:00 - 15:00
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