That History Bloke

That History Bloke That History Bloke is Richard Stevenson, the North-East's very own History and Heritage Education specialist: talks, books and schools workshops...
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Hi folks, Just to let you know that I am now fully booked for Autumn and Spring terms, 2021-2022.Those of you that had w...
02/08/2021

Hi folks,

Just to let you know that I am now fully booked for Autumn and Spring terms, 2021-2022.

Those of you that had wanted to make bookings for then, my apologies for being so well booked! Do keep your eyes posted here for any cancellations during the school year...

A few dates in Summer term are available, particularly in June and July.

Have a lovely summer holidays, people - you deserve it!

Hi folks,

Just to let you know that I am now fully booked for Autumn and Spring terms, 2021-2022.

Those of you that had wanted to make bookings for then, my apologies for being so well booked! Do keep your eyes posted here for any cancellations during the school year...

A few dates in Summer term are available, particularly in June and July.

Have a lovely summer holidays, people - you deserve it!

I just spent a day as a Viking on the same day that England are due to play against Denmark!!!How unpatriotic am I? Rest...
07/07/2021

I just spent a day as a Viking on the same day that England are due to play against Denmark!!!

How unpatriotic am I?

Rest assured, I will be back in English 2021 gear before the match...

I just spent a day as a Viking on the same day that England are due to play against Denmark!!!

How unpatriotic am I?

Rest assured, I will be back in English 2021 gear before the match...

What would it be like to reach this age? Amazing, really...
05/07/2021

What would it be like to reach this age? Amazing, really...

This is Jonathan. This week he celebrated his 188th Birthday. (Born circa 1832). He has lived through both the World Wars, the Russian Revolution, and changing of 39 US presidents as well as seven British monarchs... Happy Birthday! 🐢

Always lovely to get some beautifully designed 'Thank You' letters - this time after a Tudor day in Fawdon... Thank you ...
27/06/2021

Always lovely to get some beautifully designed 'Thank You' letters - this time after a Tudor day in Fawdon... Thank you too!

Always lovely to get some beautifully designed 'Thank You' letters - this time after a Tudor day in Fawdon... Thank you too!

23/06/2021

Today is the anniversary of the first day of the Battle of Bannockburn, which took place on the 23rd and 24th of June, 1314. A Scots army under Edward Bruce, brother of Robert Bruce, had besieged English held Stirling Castle, and had made an agreement with the garrison that if the Castle was not relieved by midsummer, it would be surrendered to the Scots. In response, Edward II raised a huge English army of perhaps as many as 15,000 troops from across the country, who came first to Newcastle and then on to Berwick, and then Stirling.

The Scottish army they faced was only around 6000 strong, but eager and well prepared. On the first day of battle, Robert Bruce was riding at the head of his army examining the ground, mounted on a small riding horse and lightly armed. Seeing a chance for glory, an English knight named Sir Henry de Bohun, a 20 year old hot head and the nephew of the Earl of Hereford, charged towards Bruce with his lance levelled. The story goes that Robert nimbly side stepped the charge and brought down his battle axe upon de Bohun’s head, splitting his helmet and skull in two. Although rebuked by his lords for his carelessness, Robert is said to have replied with just “I haf broken my guid axe.”

The fighting on the first day saw the English archers scattered by Scottish knights commanded by Sir Robert Keith, the Marshal of Scotland, and an English cavalry charge led by Robert Clifford and Henry Beaumont was routed with heavy casualties by tightly packed ranks of common Scots spearmen. Those who weren’t captured returned to the English camp and awaited the next day of battle. Bannockburn was a rarity among medieval battles in lasting more than a single day – most were over after a few hours of fighting.

That History Bloke has pledged to walk 100 miles in July 2021 to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support! Unfortunately...
09/06/2021
Richard's Hundred Mile Hike page

That History Bloke has pledged to walk 100 miles in July 2021 to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support!

Unfortunately, we lost my brother Jim in January this year. After retiring from nursing, Jim volunteered for MacMillan to help cancer sufferers in the North East. Later in life, he found himself on the receiving end of treatment for cancer - MacMillan were there for him until the end.

I decided to walk 100 miles in July in remembrance of my big bro, who counted history among his many passions! Because of this, I will be calling in on castles Hadrian's Wall, museums and heritage sites along the way. Expect a few updates here (and photos of exhausted History Blokes!) as the walks get completed...

It would be great if you could spare a few quid via Just Giving to help this wonderful charity- just click the link!. If you would prefer to give via other channels, just PM me and I will arrange something with you. If you are unable to give financial support, any messages of support will also help in my undertaking!

Many thanks,

Richard Stevenson - That History Bloke

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hundredmilehike2021

Help Richard Stevenson raise money to support Macmillan Cancer Support

05/05/2021

Hi folks.

For those of you that didn't already know, unfortunately That History Bloke has been suffering from Covid 19.

As a result, in the past two weeks, I was gutted to have to cancel a few school workshops - something that has never really happened for health reasons since That History Bloke began.

You will be pleased to know that, after my 10 days isolation, I am well on the road to recovery. That said, my lungs have taken quite a battering and I am still not back to full strength!

Rest assured, if I am currently booked in to visit your school, I am doing everything in my power to try and resume normal delivery...

Thanks for being so understanding.

Kind regards,

Richard

Glass plate photographs!
02/03/2021

Glass plate photographs!

Great learning experience being 'glassed' today by Jonathan Keys from www.traditionalphotography.co.uk. Victorian photog...
02/03/2021

Great learning experience being 'glassed' today by Jonathan Keys from www.traditionalphotography.co.uk.

Victorian photography (using a real Victorian camera!) is a fascinating process. He brought a portable dark room and a whole chemisty lab and took us through the stages; he clearly knows his stuff!

The girls and I dressed in Georgian gear - I also did a couple of Tudor ones on my own - as part of Jonathan's university project taking pics of people in period costumes outside modern properties.

Mixed actual results, as there was a technical problem with the glass plates and the light wasn't great. Even so, it was worth doing for the experience.

Can't wait for the fully developed pictures!

02/03/2021

Hopefully, That History Bloke is getting his picture taken using Victorian glass plate technology today! Mught even get Thise History Daughters involved...

I used to love making Airfix model kits with my dad. My dad was actually an aircraft mechanic at the beginning of WW2 an...
18/02/2021

I used to love making Airfix model kits with my dad. My dad was actually an aircraft mechanic at the beginning of WW2 and he would have loved this!

This is big news for any teachers doing Anglo Saxons or local history in 2022!
04/02/2021

This is big news for any teachers doing Anglo Saxons or local history in 2022!

Exciting announcement… 🥁

We are delighted to announce that the Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular surviving manuscript from Anglo-Saxon England, will go on display at the Laing Art Gallery in 2022, on loan from The British Library .

The manuscript will feature in a high profile exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery with a supporting exhibition at neighbouring Newcastle City Library (Newcastle Libraries) with the aim of attracting visitors from across the North and beyond.

More info: www.laingartgallery.org.uk/lindisfarne-gospels-to-go-on-display-at-laing-art-gallery

The plan to display the Gospels in Newcastle was co-ordinated by the North East Culture Partnership and The British Library.

Admission charges apply

📷 Image credit: Spine of Lindisfarne Gospels c. 700 (Cotton MS Nero D IV) (c) British Library Board

04/01/2021

NOTICE to all schools that have booked sessions with me this half term, Spring 1, 2021:

Clearly, after the Government's Lockdown announcement at 8.00 tonight, the sessions that you have booked will not be going ahead as planned.

Whilst it would have been lovely to have been able to give you more warning, unfortunately the timescale was somewhat out of my hands.

Over the next couple of days I will write emails to you all confirming that those sessions are cancelled. Rest assured, as with the previous Lockdown, no charge will be made and my Cancellations Policy will not be enforced.

Spring 2 bookings are still in my diary and hopefully will be fulfilled, with the proviso that legislation and circumstances may change again by February.

To all staff in all schools, stay safe and stay well - keep on doing the excellent job that you always do. We appreciate it.

Richard
That History Bloke

So... will any of your Christmas 2020 selection boxes last long enough to go out of date, never mind by 120 years?https:...
03/01/2021
Chocolate uncovered by National Library 120 years past expiry date still almost good enough to eat

So... will any of your Christmas 2020 selection boxes last long enough to go out of date, never mind by 120 years?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-21/old-box-of-chocolates-queen-victoria-boer-war-national-library/13001562?utm_source=abc_news_web&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_campaign=abc_news_web

Conservators at the National Library of Australia unearth one of the world's oldest boxes of chocolates, commissioned by Queen Victoria herself.

This collection of 19th and early 20th century Christmas greetings cards are a mixture of dark, surreal and disturbing. ...
15/12/2020

This collection of 19th and early 20th century Christmas greetings cards are a mixture of dark, surreal and disturbing. Perfect for 2020.

Happy Christmas!!

Christmas cards in the late 19th and early 20th century could be a bit... odd. The iconography we recognize today had yet to be created. Sometimes, they seem to have bafflingly little to do with what we'd consider holiday spirit, or else the Victorians had a wicked sense of humor they're not ordinarily recognized as having. But we thought you might enjoy looking at some examples of weird and strange holiday greetings our ancestors exchanged.

Well, having delivered my last two sessions of 2020 today, I am officially on my Christmas Holidays! It is going to be a...
14/12/2020

Well, having delivered my last two sessions of 2020 today, I am officially on my Christmas Holidays!

It is going to be an odd one this year, especially as I have to deliver my cousin to Heathrow this week (just as London is going into Tier 3), but I am sure That History Family will enjoy the time we have together...

So, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Yuletide - or Gleðileg jól, as the Vikings would say - and a happy New Year (happier than 2020 at any rate!

Thanks to Amanda Vasey for this! Putting the 'fir'into Elizabeth the First...
04/12/2020

Thanks to Amanda Vasey for this! Putting the 'fir'into Elizabeth the First...

Remember, folks, keep 2 millennia apart!
14/11/2020

Remember, folks, keep 2 millennia apart!

I was at a school last week with a brand new timeline across the whole of the hall. It was magnificent! I particularly l...
08/11/2020

I was at a school last week with a brand new timeline across the whole of the hall. It was magnificent! I particularly liked how very up-to-date it was: look at 2020...

Day out in York - found this bloke/guy. Lovely fellow. We should work together!
29/10/2020

Day out in York - found this bloke/guy. Lovely fellow. We should work together!

50 post-COVID-19 workshops completed since returning to work in September! I have been socially distanced throughout his...
23/10/2020

50 post-COVID-19 workshops completed since returning to work in September! I have been socially distanced throughout history, from Ancient Egypt and Rome to WW2...

Well done to every pupil, teacher, TA, Admin person and Caretaker that I have worked with - you are doing amazingly well under awful circumstances. Keep up the good work and enjoy your well-earned half-term break!

Now, I am going to take a week off to mentally prepare for the next half-term...

28/09/2020

NB THIS HAS NOW BEEN PROVISIONALLY BOOKED

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT!

I have just had a cancellation for next Tuesday, 6th October 2020.

If you would like to book a workshop for your class (or two classes, one am and one pm), please send me an email to [email protected]

This will be allocated on a strict first come, first served basis.

Please note, due to my own Covid-19 measures, I cannot deliver a Roman workshop on this particular day, as I am also delivering Romans on the days either side. Sorry!

Thanks,
Richard

26/09/2020
23/09/2020

NB - THIS HAS NOW BEEN PRIVISIONALLY BOOKED!

Attention all teachers! I have just had a cancellation for next Friday, 2nd October 2020.

If you would like to book a workshop for your class (or two classes, one am and one pm), please send me an email to [email protected]

This will be allocated on a strict first come, first served basis.

Please note, due to my own Covid-19 measures, I cannot deliver a Roman workshop on this particular day, as I am also delivering Romans on the day before. Sorry!

Thanks,

Richard

11/09/2020

NB THIS DATE HAS NOW BEEN PROVISIONALLY BOOKED.

Attention all teachers! I have just had a late notice cancellation for this Wednesday, 16th Sept 2020.

If you would like to book a workshop for your class (or two classes, one am and one pm), please send me an email to [email protected]

This will be allocated on a strict first come, first served basis.

Please note, due to my own Covid-19 measures, I cannot deliver either Viking or Roman workshops on this particular day, as these are workshops that I am also delivering on the days either side. Sorry!

Thanks,

Richard

Back in a classroom for the first time in 6 months...
09/09/2020

Back in a classroom for the first time in 6 months...

This tickled me...
02/09/2020

This tickled me...

17/08/2020
Walking Through History in Chase Park, Whickham

A video all about Whickham's historical Chase Park, as made by me and Those Hostory Daughters!

That History Bloke presents a short video containing some of the rich history of Chase Park in Whickham, Gateshead, as told through its sculptures and featur...

Maks Viktor Antiquarian Books
30/07/2020

Maks Viktor Antiquarian Books

23/07/2020
Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle

We thought you'd like to know what measures we have put in place to let you explore, discover and enjoy Newcastle Castle. So, please take a few minutes to watch this video where Sir Aymer de Atholl and Mary Bruce (sister of Robert the Bruce) introduce you to what we have done, how to book and what we ask of you.

You must book your tickets and starting slot online, or by telephone prior to visiting. You can book online at http://www.newcastlecastle.co.uk or call 0191 230 6300 to book and pay over the phone. Phone lines are manned Mon to Fri. Please leave your name and number if we are unable to answer your call. We will call you back.

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Hallington Mews, Killingworth
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Had such a great Egyptians session with That History Bloke. The children all loved it and everything was done so safely and thoughtfully. Thank you for another great session
Happy birthday Blaydon Races AND George Stephenson...
Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Lords ladies gentlefolk allow me to proclaim 'that history bloke' who is so worthy of fame. He will teach your school children and capture their minds, explaining in detail many of our great finds. His interactive talks are the children's delight so I advise, book him quickly while you still might. Wherever you go, wherever you've been A few final words, God save the Queen.
Spotted this on the rail bridge by the train station at Darlington wondered if you know what it represents
An Ancient Greek trading ship, over 2400 years old, has been found intact in the Black Sea! Incredible stuff - even its rudders and mast are in place...
Fantastic session learning about the groovy Greeks today especially pleased with me plate ❤️
Erika enjoyed exploring the many activities that were easily accessible today at the Head of Steam museum.
We so enjoyed our experience today, it was great and so informative for the little ones.
Thank you for a great afternoon!
Hi Richard - the pomanders turned out very well! Thank you so much for today - the children loved it!
"The best day ever." exclaimed one of my year three children, before the Romans session had even finished! Smiles, wonder and enjoyment at Seghill First School for year 3 and 4 as Richard brought the Romans to life and the children went home with plenty to talk about. Thank you.
Hi Richard we were touring Newcastle Castle today and Matthew saw your picture in the leaflet, took him back to his junior school days and your brilliant teaching of history. He has very fond memories and remembered lots and told us more when we got to Bessie Surtees too! Thank you for his education, hope you are all well x