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National Civil War Centre, Newark, launches A-level resource: Revolution, Republic and Restoration

The National Civil War Centre has launched a new resource for A-level history teachers across the country.

Revolution, Republic and Restoration ­— An A-level Virtual History Environment offers a full tour of the museum from a student’s laptop, phone or tablet, complete with exclusive content linked to the AQA, OCR and Edexcel syllabus.

As students explore the museum’s collection of 17th Century artefacts, they will be able to click on tags that reveal extra interactive content, bringing exhibits to life.

Children visiting the National Civil War Centre before lockdown (41917259)
Children visiting the National Civil War Centre before lockdown (41917259)

Blue tags unveil detailed object labels as well as photos, databases, videos and interactives while yellow tags signal mini-lectures with 12 of the National Civil War Centre’s academic partners.

Sarah Clarke, head of learning and participation at the Newark centre, said: “We hope that the range of fantastic guest speakers throughout the virtual environment, from history professors to authors, lecturers and PHD students, will inspire A-level history students to see where their career in history can lead.

“Our team have had to think out of the box over the past year and I’m delighted that this wonderful, ground-breaking resource has come from it.”

The virtual environment is being offered to A-level history teachers for free until the summer holidays as the team hope to receive feedback from the pilot version to ensure it best meets the needs of educators.

The project has been made possible through an Art Fund grant.

The team is now working on further virtual environments and a British Civil Wars website for key stage three pupils, which they hope to launch soon.

A preview trailer for the resource can be accessed at https://youtu.be/Wsmlwpc AQ5M

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