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Professional Learning

Re-examining Our History and Learning Lessons from Empire

In this conversation we will explore the impact of the stories we hear, focusing on those centered around the UK's colonial past, and will reflect on the lessons we can learn from critically reexamining this history.

October 20, 2022 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm BST


Cost:  Free
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About this event:

Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.


This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

Join us as we explore how to prepare young people to be critical consumers of stories they are told and to consider how unpacking historical narratives can both be an act of justice and a catalyst for action. We will engage with the story of Tom Rivett-Carnac, a climate change campaigner and descendent of the chairman of the East India Company, and his experience of listening to and re-examining his family’s tales of empire, before looking at ways we can explore the British Empire in further depth.

Activities and resources from the session will be provided and there will be the opportunity to share experiences with and learn from other teachers. 

This event is aimed at teachers in the UK.

Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.

4.30pm–5.30pm BST 

Michelle Perkins

Senior Programme Associate


Michelle Perkins, Senior Programme Associate

Michelle is responsible for our programme activity, training and supporting the teacher network, facilitating CPD workshops and seminars, and delivering educational projects with teachers and students. Michelle has a BA (History), MA (Jewish History and Culture) and PhD from the University of Southampton, where her thesis focused on gender, social welfare and identity during the occupation of France. Prior to her role at Facing History, Michelle has worked in the academic and corporate sectors, as Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at the Universities of Southampton and Westminster, Knowledge Manager at BP, and in research and editorial for companies such as IHS and Procurement Leaders.

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