On June 26th, a group of Year 8 History students visited the University of Birmingham to take part in a ‘History Big Quiz’. This event aims to give students an introduction to History at degree level and University life in general.
Students were split into teams and took part in a mammoth quiz on all things history. Anything from mythology to famous black Britons was asked of the students! In between the rounds , students had a lecture from a History professor on the relevance of History to the world around us and how important it is to us in our lives today to understand how people in the past have lived, thought and behaved.
Dr Michell Chresfield gave a fascinating lecture on the history of trainers (or sneakers) and how they have evolved as an object. Not what you traditionally think of when talking about history but as she stated “everything around us has a history”.
All teams then went back to the quiz (following a lunch on the grass on the beautiful University campus) and competed valiantly. All teams represented the school very well with some extremely competitive groups emerging when the sweet prizes were announced. One of our teams picked up the prize for the best opening round and it is safe to say the sweets did not survive the journey back. As ever, the students were a credit to the school.