Shirley Harrison, middle picture, and Talvinder Bhullar, below, with Beverley Cook, Curator of Social & Working History (Later Department) at the Museum of London
Talvinder Bhullar, editor, writes:
'One of the most challenging tasks facing history curriculum managers at Key Stage 3 is to decide what subject matter to include in their course. A scheme of work for this age-group requires a careful selection of topics and a strategy for the development of skills. The key is to provide a balanced overview of a long period in history while giving enough time to depth studies that bring the past to life.
The story of Sylvia Pankhurst reveals a colourful and memorable character that students aged 12–15 or older will warm to while being given access to some major twentieth century themes.
This book guides students in the assessment of historical significance, equipping them to create their own criteria and formulate their own judgments.
The main text is accompanied by tasks and suggested items for discussion, but it can also be used in isolation or with other resources and adapted to fit existing schemes of work.'
Born and brought up in Woodford, Shirley began broadcasting as a teenager in 1954 with BBC Radio’s Uncle Mac on Children’s Hour before writing for various magazines and newspapers, later turning to books. She is the first author of a comprehensive biography of Sylvia Pankhurst to have had the full cooperation of the Pankhurst family, as well as access to a number of previously unpublished documents. Sylvia Pankhurst, a Maverick Life 1882–1960 was published in 2004. Other recent books include Jack the Ripper: the American Connection (2003).
After doing postgraduate studies in History Education at the University of Cambridge, Talvinder embarked on a teaching career with a particular interest in dynamic resources as a means to effective learning. He is currently Head of History at Woodbridge High School in the London Borough of Redbridge.
An artist and illustrator with wide-ranging experience, Nic Watts has worked on numerous projects from illustrating children’s books to hip-hop album covers, and from educational publications to logo designs.
Berit Sahlström's tapestries can be described as a modern development from 'Flemish weaving', a technique spread by Flemish weavers to Sweden in the 1540s. Her portraits of Sylvia Pankhurst are from a series called 'Remarkable Women'.
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