Some of the Sixth form History students took a trip to Jodrell Bank to attend a series of lectures and workshops on the Cold War including the war from different perspectives, and how we might use new access to archive evidence to determine motives, events etc.
The students (and staff) found these lectures/workshops to be engaging, enriching and the experience was enhanced by the picturesque sight of the Lovell Telescope looming in the background of the conference room as the day took place.
During Feb half term, the History department took a group of Year 9 students on the Battlefields trip (which has its own blog for more details/photos- http://wp.aggs.trafford.sch.uk/blog/category/history-battlefields-trip/).
We visited and saw many sites linked with the war, such as; Lijssenthoek Military cemetery, ‘In Flanders Fields’ exhibition, Vimy Ridge, Thiepval Memorial, Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62 Museum), and the Memorial Museum Passchendale to name but a few!
Whilst on our trip we also delved into the native cuisine with some crepe making, insight into bread and croissant making at Boulangerie Berquier “Le Fournil” and a visit to a chocolate factory, Les Chocolats de Beussent. Other activities included a trip to the beach, an aquarium and a scavenger hunt which showcased the creative and original skills (and dance moves!) of the students.
All students (and staff) returned safely and sleepily with a deepened understanding of the war and its impact, and also with a plethora of experience of French and Belgian culture.
In November, two of our sixth form students took part in a Lessons from Auschwitz project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
The students took part in a series of preparation seminars before undertaking the visit to Poland, including talks from Holocaust survivors, workshops on Prewar-Jewish life and discussion on why it is important to remember the Holocaust to the present day.
A one day visit to Poland then took place, in which the students visited Oświęcim to gain insight into pre-war Jewish life, then visiting Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, culminating with a Rabbi led candlelit memorial service.
Although a very difficult experience (both emotionally and physically), the project was invaluable in understanding and exploring how remembering the Holocaust is essential, both in the context of the time, but to this very day also.
The students dealt with all aspects of this project with great compassion and respect, and have since been able to use their experiences to deliver a series of assemblies with the purpose of education and remembrance.
On 4th October, the History Department were delighted to welcome back former history teacher and head of department, Joanna Williams, now the author of a new biography on Abel Heyward, former mayor of Manchester.
Joanna delivered a fascinating talk about her research and provided students with an interesting insight into the life and career of the radical mayor.
Following the warm reception given by our sixth form students, Joanna has offered to come back into school in the summer term to deliver a workshop based around her new research focus: Lydia Becker, a campaigner for women’s suffrage.
The history department are delighted to welcome back Joanna Williams, former head of history, who will be presenting a talk on her first book in the main hall on 4th October at 3.40-5pm. Joanna will be talking to the sixth form history students and a wider audience about her recent research and writing.
Tickets will be available from reception from Friday. We are asking for a small contribution of £1 to cover costs/refreshments etc
Joanna Williams, former head of history at AGGS, has just sent news that her book ‘Manchester’s Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall’, will be out on 1 Sept and is already on Amazon to pre-order. A fantastic achievement:
The History department has returned home from another successful and very enjoyable First World War battlefields trip. Everyone had a great time and valued the opportunity to visit sites such as the Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge, Langemark German cemetery and the Flanders Field museum in Ypres.
The Vienna trip group have returned safely from their joint history and German study visit to Vienna. The girls explored the sights, including the iconic ferris wheel, the Austrian military history museum, the Klimt exhibition at Belvedere, Schoenbrunn palace and climbing 343 steps to the top of the Stephansdom south tower (still recovering from that!) They also enjoyed a talk given by Mr. Roberts’ son, Mark, about working for the UN in Vienna and were inspired to learn that a languages degree does not have to take you in to teaching!
Our pupils were fabulous throughout the trip and their excellent behaviour was commented upon by the hotel staff. Special thanks to Mrs. Ogunmyiwa, Mr. Dickson and Mrs. Crowson for their hard work and constant good humour.