Showing posts with label British History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label British History. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Gunpowder Plot and the Story of Guy Fawkes

Today is Guy Fawkes Day so I went searching for some short videos on the topic. I found that the BBC's documentary The Gunpowder Plot is available (in legally licensed form) on YouTube. I've embedded that below.

For a shorter overview of the story of Guy Fawkes watch this four minute animation produced by Red Beetle Films.

Friday, November 1, 2013

17th Century London in 3D

Google Earth's Street View, 3D imagery, and historical imagery is good for showing students what London looked like in the 20th Century and today. But if you want to show students what London looked like in the 17th Century you're going to have to go looking for some historical maps and drawings. Or you could show them this award-winning animated tour of 17th Century London. Pudding Lane Productions created the three and one half minute video tour to show viewers what London may have looked like prior to the Great Fire. The tour is based upon historical drawings and maps that the Pudding Lane Productions team researched. The video is embedded below.

H/T to Open Culture

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pin-a-Tale - A Map of British Literature

The British Library recently started a crowd-sourced mapping project. Pin-a-Tale is a map of places that have influenced British literature over the last 1,000 years. The pins on the map contain images and short stories about how places in the British Isles have influenced writing.

Applications for Education
Pin-a-Tale could be a good resource for lessons in British literature. Beyond that it is a nice model for a Google Maps project that your students could do for any other genre of literature. Teachers of American Literature might have students map the places that have influenced famous works in American Literature.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Friday, July 13, 2012

Britain from Above - 16,000 Historical Images

Britain from Above is a gallery of more than 16,000 historical aerial images of the U.K.   The imagery was gathered between 1919 and 1953. You can search the database of images by clicking through the interactive map. You can also search for historical imagery by entering place names in the search box. If you just want to browse the imagery, you can browse the galleries.

Applications for Education
One of the galleries in Britain from Above is titled "unidentified." The images in the unidentified gallery are not tied to locations. The unidentified gallery could be the basis of a challenging geography activity. You could have students select an image and try to identify the location that the image should be connected to.

H/T to The Google Earth Blog