Magazine article School Librarian

Heritage Explorer

Magazine article School Librarian

Heritage Explorer

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Images for Learning

Heritage Explorer is the vehicle created by English Heritage to make available a collection of copyright cleared images which can be used free for educational purposes. Clearly aimed at teachers, there are opportunities to access worksheets, find images by theme and try interactive activities.


The main menu provides links to all areas of the site. A basic keyword search box is available on the home page for images which can be dragged and dropped into readymade templates for teachers to create new worksheets tailored to their needs. Simply typing in castles brings up 664 results, which include images, worksheets and other resources. It is possible to filter these by type of resource. The search box found on the main menu offers additional refinements to be made, so that place and time periods can be specified, e.g. castles in York in the medieval period brings up four excellent images of Clifford's Tower.

Images by theme has collections of images grouped by a topic heading, for example childhood or Victorian buildings. Brief captions explain the background details for the image. Links to relevant worksheet and notes are also found here. You need to register to be able to take advantage of the My favourites feature, where you can save pictures for later use.

Teaching activities are arranged in a list according to Key Stages and run from KS1 with relevant topics such as Past toys to KS5 What can memorials tell us about British Foreign Policy 1854-1914? These come complete with teaching ideas, notes, keywords used and some have whiteboard activities. There are good suggestions for ideas for writing and debating which allow for extension activities.

A variety of related interactive activities are linked to image collections ranging from Town Trails to homework activities requiring pupils to label parts or spot important features. …

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