Develop a Local History Portfolio

This tutorial will help you know the major developments of historical interest in the local area, including by finding information on three sites of historical interest, finding the meaning of terms used in context, and by looking up the meaning of six words used in research materials. During the tutorial you will be able to design a portfolio of information relating to sites of interest, and contribute to collecting and collating information to put in a portfolio.

Part 1 – Know the major developments of historical interest in the local area

1.1 – Find information on three sites of historical interest

1.1.1 – Industrial and Agricultural

Consider issues such as place names, labour forces as well as food and farming.

1.1.2 – Landscape and Buildings

Consider issues such as landscape history, domestic buildings, historic churches, courts, health facilities, and schools.

1.1.3 – Community and Governance

Consider issues such as education, popular culture, folklore, customs, civic ritual, central and local government, policing and law and order.

1.2 – Find the meaning of terms used in context

1.2.1 – War

Consider why war happens and what the alternatives to war can be. For example, can peace congresses or other forms of diplomacy prevent war, or is it the case that in order to get peace that war needs to happen?

1.2.1 – Peace

Consider whether war is always the opposite of peace, and how peace can occur during wars. For example, does fellowship between a nation’s citizens continue during periods where their countries are at war with one another?

1.2.3 – Past

Consider your local area’s past and what is important about this. For example has the community learned from its past mistakes, or is there anything else about the community’s past that still has relevance today?

1.2.4 – Present

Consider what it happening at the moment in your local area. For example, are you able to enjoy the things you want to enjoy with people you like, or are there things about it you do not like and wish would not happen?

1.2.5 – Future

Consider what you would like your local area to be like in the future. For example, are there things about it you want to change, things you want to keep, or things that no one has thought of or done, which you would like to happen?

1.3 – Look up the meaning of six words used in research materials

Consider the following six words:

  1. Heritage
  2. Place
  3. Community
  4. Class
  5. Culture
  6. Economy

Part 2 – Be able to design a portfolio of information relating to sites of interest

2.1 – Contribute to collecting and collating information to put in a portfolio

Using a range of sources, create a portfolio of images and other materials that reflect your ideas on the past, present and future of your local are and the ways in which you think it has played a part in war, peace, and conflict resolution.

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