Students filming their campaign messageWiltshire and Swindon History Centre has a wide range of material that can be used for teaching citizenship including:

    • local newspapers from 1760s to the present
    • crime and punishment records
    • health records
    • education records

 Campaign! Make an Impact 

This unit of work was originally developed by the British Library in partnership with the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council and rolled out from 2009-11. It is designed to use history to inspire active citizenship. The materials can be used at KS2, KS3, GCSE and A level. They are flexible resources that support Citizenship, History and PSHE. They can be used over a series of lessons; as an enrichment activity or part of a KS2-KS3 transition programme.

Step 1 Historical Campaign Uses either the campaign for the Abolition of Slavery or the campaign for Public Health reform to learn from successsful campaigns of the past. The History Centre can provide a session looking at the involvement of Wiltshire families in the slave trade and the presence of black people in Wiltshire to provide local knowledge and impact. For Public Health reform we can provide a session detailing the public health issues facing your local area in the 1850s and measures taken to improve it. The graphic details of  overflowing sewers in local streets really capture the imagination of young people.

Step 2 Modern Day Campaigns uses the British Library website to learn about modern day campaigning techniques using video clips and photo slide shows to engage young people.

Step 3 Running your own Campaign uses a student handbook to guide students through choosing, organising and running their own campaign on an issue that is important to them.

The History Centre is the Regional Champion for the Campaign! Make an Impact programme. We can provide support to teachers and other sites wishing to run a Campaign! project. If you are interested in running a project at your school / site please contact us to find out what support we can offer.

Visits to the History Centre

Sessions at the History Centre will use some original material from the archive. All visits to the History Centre include a tour of the strongroom and use of our public facilities; lockers, toilets, vending machines, area for eating lunch. There is full disabled access and a disabled toilet.

This session is available Monday-Friday
Sessions Morning 9.30am - 12noon
Afternoon 12.30pm - 3.00pm

Charges on application
Maximum number 30 Tues-Fri
60 on Mondays


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