Using primary sources can be highly rewarding and offers exciting opportunities for research but it requires a different set of skills to using secondary sources.
The aims of this website are:
- to teach young people the fundamentals of archival research, and
- to enable them to carry out such research independently.
The website is a series of sections, in three parts:
- Introduction to archives: What archives are, the key principles of archival research and how to access primary sources (sections 1-6).
- Rupert Brooke case study: How these ideas apply to the papers of Rupert Brooke, through interpretation activities focussing on different aspects of his life and a few of his most famous poems (sections 7-10).
- Critical thinking: This section consolidates what students have learned in the previous sections and encourages them to think about subjectivity/objectivity and how to plan research projects.
Although sections can be carried out individually, if students progress through the sections in order they will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of context when using archives.
There are activities and points for discussion throughout. If you are using this site as an individual, rather than in a group, you may still like to reflect on the points offered for discussion.
If you have any questions or comments on this website please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.