February 25, 2018

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The Churchill Archive for Schools | A Trove of Free Primary Resources

 

Thanks to a generous donation by British businessman and philanthropist Laurence Geller, the Churchill Archive, published by Bloomsbury, is now free for schools through 2020. To date, more than 1000 schools worldwide have registered to access this collection of primary resources on Sir Winston Churchill and 20th-century world history. The archive, which was digitized in 2012, contains Churchill’s personal and diplomatic correspondence, news accounts, archival photographs and other visuals, and much more.

The site’s homepage features a range of selected topics from “Churchill and America” to 20th- century scientific leaps, including the creation of the Atom bomb; offers a document of the month” (currently a hand-written letter from King George VI to Churchill “appealing to him” to not to accompany the troops on D-Day); highlights an event that happened on the same day in history; and provides access to the site’s content by topic, place, people, or period.

Included in the Churchill Archive for Schools, are teaching aids of interest to AP World History classes that delve into such questions as “What went wrong at Gallipoli in 1915?” and “What was the significance of Pearl Harbor?” For each of these and other questions posed, background information and links to primary source materials are provided to assist students in their research. For example, in determining why the Allies found “it hard to agree about a second front in the Second World War,” resources include a November 1942 telegram from President Roosevelt to Churchill, October 1943 telegrams from Churchill to Roosevelt and Anthon Eden, and a June 1944 letter from King George VI to Winston Churchill, among others.

Jonathan Glasspool, Executive Director and Head of Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, notes that the Churchill Archive for Schools is “designed to help students engage with history and to see it as personal and accessible, the resources are ideal for use in the classroom, for group work, and for independent learning.”

Bloomsbury has developed the free website through JCS Online Resources. For access to the site and to register, schools can visit jcsonlineresources.org. Only one registration per school is required for school-wide access.

 

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