Creative History in the Classroom Workshops, September 2022-January 2023. (Online)

Creative ideas light bulb line art, hand drawn illustration. Free public domain CC0 image.

This series of workshops will reflect on how history lecturers, broadly defined, engage with and use creative methods in the higher education classroom. We know that history is a creative endeavor. Historians are storytellers who not only write history, but also tell a story of the past through the creative curation of archival sources.  When we teach history, we often obscure our creative practices and thinking. This programme explores how we should use creativity in designing, delivering, and communicating the past to students. The CFP with more details can be found here.

There will be five workshops held throughout September to December 2022. A final workshop in January will invite speakers and participants to a hands-on creative session that will devise a creative teaching manifesto.

All meeting are held on Microsoft Teams. The link will be sent to you via Eventbrite, once you have signed up.

Some details are still being confirmed. Please check back or follow me on Twitter @luciejones83 to be kept up-to-date.

Workshop 1: ‘Understanding Creativity’, Wednesday 14th September 2022, 13.00-15.00 (GMT; London)

We will be kickstarting our series by introducing our intentions and motivations. Cath and Lucie will start the session by outlining how we use and engage with creativity in the history classroom. 

Brandon McFarlane Critical Creativity: How Humanists Create by Critically Interpreting Culture

Jamie Wood , ‘Creating History Online: Student Experiences and Perceptions’

Watch the event here:

A recording of Brandon’s paper can be found here:

The Google Document with questions can be found here:

Workshop 2: Gendering & Queering the Creative Classroom, 12th October 2022, 15.30-17.30 (GMT; London)

Topics: Gender, LGBTI+, Assessments, inclusivity, creative methods

Sam Caslin, ‘Beyond Binaries: Using Video Assessments and Creative-Writing to Develop Students’ Understandings of Gender and LGBT+ Histories’

Laura Harrison and Rose Wallis, ‘Creative approaches to teaching the history of gender and sexuality in modern Britain’

Billie-Gina Thomason, ‘Queering the Classroom’

Molly Merryman and Justin Bengry ‘Queering the Past: Creative Approaches for Teaching LGBTQ Histories’

Workshop 3: Spaces of Creativity, Thursday 10th November 2022, 15.30-17.30 (GMT; London)

Topics: walking tours, digital mapping tools, makerspace, inclusivity, doodling, primary sources, creative writing.

Dr Jill Stewart and Dr Zoë Hendon, A Walk-through Housing History

Hannah Ewence, ‘From doodles to cartography: Using digital mapping tools in the history classroom’

Michael Talbot, ‘Creative methods for teaching histories of the Middle East’

Katherine Cook, ‘Making the Past: Co-Creation and Collaborative Makerspace for Unsettling History and Archaeology’

Watch it here:

Workshop Four: Creative Objects, 29th November, 15.30-17.30 (GMT; London)

Topics: book history, Japanese Manga, virtual classrooms, digital & physical sources.

Amanda Lastoria, ‘Printed Pasts and Digitized Futures: Teaching Publication Design History in the Virtual Classroom’

Jocelyn Hargrave, ‘Reimagining book history creatively for 21st Century publishing students’

Madoka Nagado, ‘Engaging in History through Japanese Manga’

Workshop Five: Feeling Creative in the Creative Classroom, Wednesday 14th December, 15.30-17.00 (GMT; London)

Topics: Affective creativity, emotions, creative assessments, objects and family collections. 

Sierra Mckinney, ‘Creating Affect and Affectively Creating’

Lucía Ruiz, ‘Objects, affections and family collections for historical understanding’.

Sarah Holland, ‘Assessing History Creatively’

Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Andrea Korda, ‘Critical Crafting in the Humanities Classroom’  

Workshop Six: The Creative History Manifesto: A practical session, Thursday 12th January 15.30-17.30 (GMT; London)

In this 2-hour session we discuss what we think should be included in The Creative History Manifesto. Participants will be asked to create a page for the manifesto. We are asking that a copy of your page is given to us so we can bring them all together for The Creative History Manifesto. This session will be lead and facilitated by Seleena Laverne Daye.

Bio: Seleena Laverne Daye (She/Her) is a textile artist and zine maker based in Manchester. Her work uses traditional techniques such as embroidery and cross stitch and feature’s themes around race, class, gender and sexuality. Her work is often bright and playful and is inspired by 90s pop culture and a DIY attitude.

Info: Join Seleena Laverne Daye as she runs through a potted history of zines, their importance in modern day, and the roles they play within art and activist circles.
Seleena will share her DIY approach to zine making, show you how to make a one page zine, have a discussion about a zine manifesto and get inspiration to make a page for a zine.

Materials you will need:

-Piece of A4 paper
-Pens or markers
-Glue stick
-Collage materials (old magazines/newspapers, wrapping paper, envelopes etc)

Spaces are limited. Please sign up here:


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