Sunday 8 October 2017

Project 5: English Civil War

As the Oliver Cromwell museum is just down the road, we decided to do a project on the Civil War this week.

We got some books out of the library on the subject, and watched the Horrible History sketches about the Civil War on Netflix:

  • Series 2 Episode 7 (16 mins 30 secs – Charles I)
  • Series 1 Episode 11 (20 mins 30 secs - The start of the civil war)
(Unfortunately the Horrible Histories Civil War song is in series 3 - which isn't available on the UK's Netflix)

The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon is a small museum, just one room, but holds a significant number of artefacts about Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War. The staff were very helpful and there was plenty for the kids to do: worksheets, dressing up, and games from the period. We spent about an hour there in total.

The children's favourite exhibit was undoubtedly the Lego reconstruction of a Civil War battle, although there were many other items of more historical interest.
Lego Civil War Battle

Roundhead Uniforms
Oliver Cromwell's Hat

Following the BBC's Are you a Roundhead or a Cavalier? Solomon decided he was a Cavalier, and created a Cavalier recruitment poster.

Solomon's Cavalier Recruitment Poster
Next week's project: Nutrition!

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