Ancestors unKnown is an award winning project which helps secondary schools diversify their curriculum through inclusive and personalized history lessons. Educators gain access to a unique, comprehensive program that introduces students to family history research and other untold histories.
The project brings the students’ ancestors and often overlooked histories to the forefront, enriching classroom discussions and increasing student engagement. Adding research experience, local field trips, and community support, we’re inspiring students with knowledge that history is for and about everyone.
This year ten schools will enjoy discounted access to the programme, as part of a pilot impact evaluation of the project:
- Beacon High School
- City of London Academy, Islington
- Dulwich College
- Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy
- Ruislip High School
- Sacred Heart Catholic School
- University Academy of Engineering, Southbank
Participating schools will receive:
1 student workshop per pilot school
Topic: Understanding identity and family history research
1 teacher workshop open to all participating pilot schools
Topic: Promoting inclusion in schools using identity, representation, and community
10 lesson plans for the spring term
- 5 lessons guide students through a family history research project
- 5 lessons relate to “untold histories” regarding migrations, colonialism, local civil rights activists, and more from the perspective of marginalised voices
- Including teacher resources and evaluation metrics
- Recommended schedule: 1 lesson per week, approx 1-hour each
- Recommended subject: History/Citizenship; Year 8 or 9
International online community
- Ancestors unKnown partners with schools in the U.S. and The Netherlands. During this pilot project, we will connect teachers and student researchers via an international online community to encourage research collaboration, family history storytelling, and resource sharing.
- Community includes volunteer genealogists and historians (or, research mentors) to help students with their family history research projects