Category Archives: History

History Talk

History Talk by Joanna WilliamsOn 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.

History Talk by Joanna Williams

Wednesday 4th October at 3.40-5pm, AGGS Main Hall

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

A new Book – Manchester’s Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall

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:

Manchester's Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall
Manchester’s Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall

History Battlefields Trip, February 2017

History Battleship Trip, February 2017
History Battleship Trip, February 2017
History Battleship Trip, February 2017
History Battleship Trip, February 2017

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.

Vienna Trip, October 2016

Vienna Trip, October 2016The 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.

The Battle of Waterloo Commemoration Ceremony

Battle of Waterloo Virtual MuseumThe 18th June 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. As part of the bicentennial commemorative events the History Department at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls was invited to participate in the Waterloo 200 Project (one of only 200 schools to be involved). This has involved a small number of Year 9 students researching the life and experiences of a soldier who fought and died at the Battle of Waterloo.

Battle of Waterloo eBookOur allocated soldier was Major Edward Currie. As part of this research project, we were asked to contribute to the publication of an e-book and virtual museum.

To see our page on the Waterloo 200 e-book page click here:

AGGS was represented at the official commemoration ceremony  at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 18th June by Mrs Bowyer and Grace from Year 12, who wrote:

On the 18th of June 2015, 200 years after the Battle of Waterloo in which over 180,000 people lost their lives, I along with other students from around the country was lucky enough to attend a ceremony in commemoration at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The event was reported on the national news and was attended by a variety of people, including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prime Minister, David Cameron. They all proceeded in to the Cathedral prior to the service together with the colours and Guidions of the Battle of Waterloo. Following this, accounts of the day that shaped European history were read aloud by English, French and German descendants of those involved in the Battle. There were also sermons, hymns and an address by the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley. Furthermore, British soldiers in full regalia stood to attention with old military weaponry as dignitaries entered the service. The day was one of remembrance for the unfathomable loss of life but also of celebration, marking the battle that prevented European domination by Napoleon Bonaparte and affirmed Britain as a powerful member of Europe. It was an honour to attend the prestigious event which occurred alongside other forms of commemoration which took place across Europe, including a re-enactment of the day itself in Belgium.” Grace, Year 12