What might have been on Captain Cook’s shopping list? Why did so many people move during the Age of Revolution? Why did workers protest? And had there really been a transport revolution by the mid 1800s?

Our revolutionary collection brings together a rich array of historical sources from museums and galleries across the UK to help students find out about the extraordinary people, events and ideas of the Age of Revolution. Objects, artworks, literature, archive materials and songs all combine to bring revolutionary themes and topics to life.

Each of our enquiries focuses on a key question about the Age of Revolution, and guides students through using historical sources to formulate their own answers. The enquiries include opportunities for students of all ages to:

  • Frame and answer historically valid questions
  • Explore different types of sources and evidence and assess their reliability
  • Explore historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance
  • Make historical connections and draw contrasts
  • Develop historical vocabulary

Use our historical enquiries with your students, adapt them, or create your own (or students can create their own) using our guides to Using objects, artworks and other sources to find out about the past and Carrying out historical enquiries. Try our Activities for more ways to use the collection in the classroom.

All of our learning resources were authored by education specialists and historians.