My name is Anna Coopey, and I am currently working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Visualising War Project based at the University of St Andrews. The Visualising War Project is a study currently being run by Dr Alice König and Dr Nicolas Wiater, designed to investigate the way in which war is thought of and written about in our modern culture, and how this has changed over time. If you would like to take a further look at the project – which I’m sure you’ll agree is deeply interesting! – you can take a look at the website here: https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/visualising-war/.
At the moment, I am working on a strand of research looking into how wars are taught within the secondary school curriculum, particularly in England, from the age of 11 to the age of 18. This includes the following specific questions, which I am endeavouring to answer:
– Which ancient wars get into different school syllabi in the UK?
– Which aspects of ancient warfare do school syllabi encourage teachers / pupils to focus on?
– What resources are used (e.g. textbooks, primary sources, visuals, Horrible Histories, YouTube, etc.)?
– How does the teaching of ancient warfare in schools compare with the teaching of WW1 and/or WW2?
Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=yyZW-KgN00mqWGTvZ47wGvSEOiodDWNFlTswMi1uUQpUQlpEUVNWSk5ROEhSOEtYS04zNDBZMjBIQy4u
Please contact Anna if you able to get involved (firstname.lastname@example.org).