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Richard Knight speaks to Year 8 & 9


Date published: Wed 12 Feb 2020   Author: HLH/EFQ   Category: Publicity   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email


Year 8 & Year 9 - Richard Knight (Khaki on Campaign) History Lectures – Miss Quinlan

Renowned British military expert, Richard Knight, paid TBSHS a visit on Friday 7th February to give two fascinating lectures to Y8 & 9 historians.

Mr Knight has served as historical advisor on major motion pictures such as War Horse, Private Peaceful, Journey’s End and most recently 1917, as well as TV documentaries such as the BBC’s From D-Day to Berlin and When Hitler Invaded Britain. He works with museums all across the country, and leads tours around the battlefields of Belgium and France.

Most excitingly, he is also an alumnus of our very own Bishop’s Stortford High School!

To begin with, Mr Knight presented to those in Year 9 taking GCSE History, telling the incredible story of how the nature of warfare has transformed across the twentieth century. He discussed the new weapons, tactics and equipment that developed across both World Wars I and II, exploring machine guns, gas attacks, paratroopers, and aerial combat. This all complements the History students’ recent study of the Second World War perfectly.

Mr Knight then spoke to Year 8 historians about the First World War, providing a vivid introduction to the events of 1914-1918, which students will shortly be studying in their History lessons.

 In addition to his presentations, Mr Knight bought a wide range of uniforms, artefacts and equipment to fully engage students in these two fascinating topics. Many lucky volunteers were able to dress up in full replica gear – from British officers of the 1940s, to German paratroopers, to the average British ‘Tommy’ of the First World War.

Miss Elizabeth Quinlan, Subject Leader for History, said: “Richard, an ‘old boy’ of the school, has been visiting TBSHS for a number of years now, and every time without fail he leaves the entire room buzzing with excitement. Each new generation of boys is massively inspired by his fascinating expertise and riveting presenting style, and – hopefully - returns to their study of our History curriculum with a renewed passion and engagement. We are very lucky to be able to enjoy his first rate knowledge!”