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Ridgeway History Hub


Here you will find links to fun activities and interesting resources from websites, organisations and museums across the World. Hope you enjoy! - The Ridgeway History Team

History Now: Everything Else Tomorrow

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Words From History...

'To forsee the future [you] must consult the past, for human events ever resemble those of preceding times'

- Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527: a Florentine statesman & advisor, famously wrote his book of advice for leaders - The Prince)

On This Month in History...

4 July 1776: The Congress of the self-proclaimed 'United States' pass the Declaration of Independence (from being part of the British Empire).

9 July 1877: The first Lawn Tennis (men's) Championship played at Wimbledon, to raise money for a new lawn roller.

20 July 1969: During the Cold War Space Race, 'Eagle' lands and mankind takes the first steps on the Moon.

28 July 1540: Henry VIII executes advisor Thomas Cromwell, then marries Catherine Howard.

6 June 1944: D-Day, Allied forces from 12 countries began the fight to liberate France by landing on the beaches of Normandy.

History Highlights This Month...

Update - Please could we add the following links to the two already there (no need to put the video previews for these):

'Now you know: The History of LGBTQ+' by The Ellen Show:

'Ancient Recipes with Sohla' by History Channel:

The Topics Section

Welcome to the topics section! Below you will find links to great History resources from around the internet...


Ancient History Encyclopedia:

BBC History in depth:

BBC Homeschool History podcasts:

BBC Teach:

British Library, Online Resources:

British Library, Timeline: Sources from History:

English Heritage, The Story of England:

The National Archives, great sources and activities on a range of topics/ time periods:

The National Archives, Online Exhibitions:

Timeline World History Documentaries:


The Domesday Book Online (1087), Wiltshire entries:

?'The History of Swindon' by Swindonweb:

?Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire History (from Ancient History to Present Day): and Histories of the 261 Wiltshire communities:

?Wiltshire and Swindon Heritage Centre:


American Library of Congress, Online Exhibitions (including American suffragettes, comic books, art and civil rights):

'Asia for Educators' by the University of Columbia, Asian History activities, videos and primary sources from their digital collections:

Bodmin Keep: Cornwall's Army Museum, Second World War activities and resources:

British Museum, Museum of the World timeline:

British Museum, Online tour:

English Heritage, histories (including black, gender and LGBTQ+ history):

Google Arts & Culture Project, Time Explorer:

Imperial War Museum, Voices of the First World War:

Musicmap by Kwinten Crauwels - An epic project, a family tree (of sorts) tracking the history and development of modern pop(ular) music from the 1870s to the Present Day:

?Tate Britain: 'Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One' exhibition:

'The History of Photography' by The National Science & Media Museum, Bradford:

The National Army Museum:

'The NHS: A Difficult Beginning', a fascinating 2008 BBC documentary on the origins of the National Health Service:

'Video Game History' by The Strong National Museum of Play, New York:


Travel to some of the greatest historical sites and museums around the world in the click of a button, thanks to the Google Arts & Culture Project:

The British Museum, London -

Baths of Diocletian, Rome -

The Eiffel Tower, Paris -

German Historical Museum, Berlin - ?

German Rontgen Museum, Germany -

Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt (last of the 7 ancient wonders, built 4581 years ago for Pharaoh Khufu) -

Machu Picchu, Peru (the fifteenth century Inca city in the clouds) -

Museum of Human Evolution, Spain -

National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy -

National Museum of Korea, South Korea -

National Museum New Dehli - India -

Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum, Washington D.C. -

Polish History Museum, Warsaw -

Taj Mahal, India (perhaps the World's greatest monument to love, built 1632-1653) -

Versailles Palace, France -

See also:

'Christian Dior: (Fashion) Designer of Dreams', one of the most popular exhibitions in the Victoria & Albert Museum, showcasing the work of this famous fashion designer:

Sistine Chapel (Vatican Museums), Italy -


Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), the great engineer of the industrial age:

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), mathematician and "the first computer programmer”:

Stanislav Petrov (1939-2017), Soviet officer, "The man who saved the world" in 1983:

Otto Rohwedder (1880-1960),? "the greatest thing since [Otto] sliced bread."

Harriet Tubman (c.1820s-1913), an ex-slave who risked her life to free hundreds:

Mary Wollstonecraft (1797-1859), considered by many to be the "Mother of feminism":


ASDA: A family butchers + a group of dairy farmers + trip to the U.S.A. = UK's first self-service supermarket in Yorkshire 1965 -

Barclays Bank: London 1690, goldsmiths John Freame and his brother-in-law Thomas Gould start providing finance to traders -

British Airways: 1919, first flight, 1 person to Paris -

Kentucky Fried Chicken (K.F.C.): Kentucky 1930, 40 year old Harland Sanders starts selling fried chicken from his petrol station -

Marks & Spencers (M&S): Leeds 1884, Belarus-born Michael Marks starts a penny bazaar (selling items for a penny) -

McDonalds: California 1948, brothers 'Dick' and 'Mac' McDonald create new 'Speedee' way of making burgers -

Tesco: London 1919, Jack Cohen returns from WW1 and starts selling spare groceries making £1 profit on his first day -

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