The National Archives is the UK government’s official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.

The National Archives Education Service brings history to life through an award-winning programme of taught sessions and online resources. Their website contains a huge range of online learning resources to support the National Curriculum in history from key stage 1 to 5.

There are many large-scale topic sites packed with original sources and activities, as well as more than 50 lessons based on documents from our collections, a podcast series and an award-winning film website called Focus on Film with a film archive and teaching activities.

There are some fun games and activities for students to play. Ranging from Tudor Joust, Build a Bomb Shelter and Victorian Crime.

A comprehensive teachers booklet can be downloaded which explains everything a teacher needs to know to be able to make the best use of the website and its resources. You can get it here.

History teachers should make sure this site is in their favourites list!