What is the Citizens project?
Working with partners and supporting organisations including the AQA exam board, The National Archives, the People's History Museum, the UK Parliament, History of Parliament and the Historical Association, the project aims to help school and college students gain a better understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over the last 800 years.
By charting the journey from feudalism and serfdom to democracy and equality, the project will reveal how, in different periods, the state has responded to challenges to its authority and how change was brought about.
In so doing, the project will help students to construct an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the citizen both in the past and present.
Meet the team
Dr Matthew Smith
What's happening now?
Plans for the future
As the project progresses this website will grow to become a hub of online learning resources charting the history of liberty, protest and reform over the last eight centuries. In addition to the video based learning resources planned for schools we will also post articles written by university students and U3A research volunteers and develop other exciting learning tools, like our interactive map and 3D timeline.
If you are a teacher planning to use our resources in the classroom please contact us for more information and to receive free additional resources being produced to complement the videos - and remember to let us know what you think of the resources so we can refine our approach.