History outside the Classroom (1975)

This low–budget training film for history teachers explains how schoolchildren can learn from class trips to local sites, illustrating new teaching styles in the mid–1970s.

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Introduction

History Outside the Classroom was made at the request of the Department of Education and Science, mainly for use in teacher training. The aim of this pleasant, fairly cheaply produced film was to encourage history teachers to take 4th, 5th and 6th form pupils on educational trips outside their school grounds. Here, pupils at a Sussex school visit a number of nearby sites to learn more about local history.

In this way, the film reflects the increased popularity of informal teaching methods alongside the traditional ones. In its style, it has much in common with the educational television programmes of its day. The 16mm camera is constantly on the move (like many films of the 1970s, the zoom lens is a little overused). An informative but low–key, friendly narration alternates with scenes in which the camera observes the pupils, teachers and others in interaction.

A moving scene shows a girl tape–recording an interview with an elderly lady. Being 90 years old, she must have been born in 1884 or 85.

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