Faculty of History Outreach and Engagement

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Workshop for teachers in association with the Cambridge Festival

Friday 31st March 2023

Teaching/Gaming the Industrial Revolution: state of the art and the use of gamification in classrooms
Workshop Structure

Teaching/Gaming the Industrial Revolution is an all day workshop for secondary school teachers, organised in the Faculty of History as part of a research project called Gaming the Industrial Revolution, led by Dr Alexis Litvine (Cambridge) and Dr Juan Hiriart (Salford). The project blog can be consulted at http://ireevolution.com where teachers can also download a prototype of the game.

The workshop will consist of two sessions: the morning session (10-12.30pm) will start with a series of mini lectures on the state of the art in the field, followed by a panel Q&A session. A reading list will be provided to all participating teachers in advance. Lectures will be delivered by Leigh Shaw-Taylor, Dr Romola Davenport, and Dr Alexis Litvine.

The afternoon session (1.30pm-4.30pm) will start with the presentation of the game, followed by two teacher-led seminars based on use-case scenarios. The first one showcasing Y8 teaching of the Industrial Revolution using the game, and the second on implementing the game in small group extra-curricular activities. The rest of the afternoon will consist of small group discussions on the place of game in the curriculum and hands-on play sessions, using both teachers’ personal devices and available computers in the faculty.

There will be a light lunch (12.30pm-1.30pm) with opportunities to socialise and meet both academics and other participants. There will also be time to meet our Schools Liaison Officer (Lucy Astill) on the day.


For this workshop, we have 15 funded bursaries for state schools of £200 per school (outside Cambridgeshire) and the maximum number of participants will be capped at 30. The deadline to apply for funding is Friday 3rd March 2023 and unfunded places will be allocated progressively taking into account school profiles and teachers’ interest. Booking is now open and the registration form can be completed here

Please contact Lucy Astill la498@cam.ac.uk  if you have any further questions.


Taster lectures: Find out something new.

The Faculty of History participates in several Universtity events for schools


The next University Open Days will be on the 6th and 7th of July 2023

Here at the Faculty of History we host the Sutton Trust summer school for aspiring historians from disadvantaged backgrounds. Applications will be open from 10th January to 10th March 2023. Click below for more information.

A free programme designed to assist high achieving students from underrepresented backgrounds to make successful applications to Cambridge.

A taste of what it's like to study history at Cambridge. Open to Year 12 students. 

Sutton Trust Summer School participant 2022
I enjoyed the lecture on the Wars of the Roses. It was a period I never thought I would have that much interest in but the lecturer was engaging and the content was new and interesting.
Teachers and students


Secondary Education and Social Change in the UK since 1945.
Key Stage 3 resource packs.







These lessons are the product of a 2020–2021 collaboration between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – funded project Secondary Education and Social Change in the UK since 1945 (SESC), based at the University of Cambridge, and four secondary school history teachers who created the Key Stage 3 School Resource Packs based on SESC’s research.

The school resource packs are free to download for any secondary school history teachers interested in secondary education and social change. The packs all focus on one main research question: In what ways do schools reflect change in the United Kingdom since 1945? Use the links below to find out more and to download the resources.


Applying to Cambridge

Please note: The Faculty is not involved in the selection of undergraduate students. This is handled by the central university administration and individual colleges. The best place to start understanding the process is on the University's Undergraduate Study pages, where you will find prospectuses and information for applicants.

If you have questions about admissions, it's best to start here: Undergraduate Study: History. Further inquiries about admissions should be directed to the Admissions Offices of specific colleges. A list of email contacts can be found here: College contacts.