Mariam, Lucy and Miranda Make Their Mark in History

18 September 2019

A trip to Belgium with The Abbey inspired three winning entries in a national young historians’ competition.

Year 10 pupils Mariam, Lucy and Miranda made their mark when they won the Historical Association’s Young Historians Award.

Each year the Historical Association partners with The Spirit of Normandy Trust to award young historians who have shown excellent knowledge and demonstrated historical arguments around a particular period.

Inspired by their recent residential trip to the Battlefields of Ypres, the students undertook independent research on topics of their choice related to the First World War.

The freedom they were given gave our students the chance to research and discover issues that were interesting and personal to themselves, making History very much a present subject.

Mariam and Miranda won in the Key Stage 3 category for their titles How did WWI trigger the divides in the Middle East today? and An examination of the development of Medicine in WWI respectively.

Lucy’s project on the Fall of Penang fell outside the official remit of the competition, however the judges liked it so much they awarded her a special prize!

Mrs McGee, Head of the History Department, said that the girl’s achievements are an “amazing example of how this age group can thrive when offered the chance to do independent learning.”