Royds Hall Humanities Department At BBC History Weekend in York

Members of the Humanities Department are at the BBC History Weekend in York. Yesterday Mr Woffenden went to lectures about the history of Catholicism and then one about Cornwall.

This morning Mr Lightowler and Mr Woffenden are at a lecture on the history of slavery by James Walvin. The lecture looks at how we can see the legacy of slavery in all kinds of objects like Turner’s painting.

The lecture highlighted how the mahogany furniture that was made from the wood that was cut down by enslaved people became fashionable in homes of rich families in Britain and North America.

Walvin also reminded us of how cowrie shells that came from the Maldives and were used to buy human beings in the Slave

Former Student, James, Talks About Life After School

This week our former student James Moxom came to speak to our Diversity Group about his life after school as well as reflecting on his own time at school. He told us about how inclusive post-16 education could be. It was a great way to end the half term and James’ talk gave us an insight of all the possibilities ahead.

Sunset At Railway Hollow

At the end of the day, we went down to Railway Hollow and spent some time thinking about the individual soldiers who died on the Somme. 

We chose a gravestone and wrote messages on crosses with poppies on them to the soldiers who were buried below. It was a very emotional experience and was a fitting end to the Remembrance Day that marked 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.