Churchill Archive for Schools - Contributors


Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh is an experienced history teacher, a senior examiner with a major examination board and the author of several history textbooks, including Modern World History and The Struggle for Peace in Northern Ireland. He is also an expert in the use of digital technology in history teaching and has written extensively for electronic publishers including the British Library and the National Archives Learning Curve website for which he was the key developer. He is a consultant in history education, on in-service training on history and ICT and effective learning in history.


Natalie Adams

The Churchill Archive for Schools authors have benefitted enormously from the help and advice of the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge and, in particular, the support and detailed comments of Natalie Adams, Senior Archivist: Natalie Adams is a Senior Archivist at the Churchill Archives Centre. Her first degree was in Classics (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) and she worked at the British Architectural Library and London Metropolitan Archives before obtaining an MA in Archives Administration from University College London. Natalie has worked at the Churchill Archives Centre since 1996 and has developed expertise in online archival description and catalogues. Significant projects include: the catalogue of the archive of Sir Winston Churchill; the Janus webserver (a portal providing access to catalogues of archives held in Cambridge) and Cantab (archive cataloguing software developed using MS Access).

Bill Melega

Bill Melega is an award-winning instructor teaching World History at Chapel Hill High School, North Carolina, US. His recent book, Bringing the Great War Home, Volume IV, is an interactive ebook focusing on US soldiers who fought in the First World War in Meuse-Argonne, France. Created in cooperation with the American Battlefields Monument Commission, it is available free on ITunes. Bill is the author of the newest edition of the SAT-World History Review for Barron’s Educational Books. In 2010, he was honoured as the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Teacher of the Year.

Andrew Payne

Andrew Payne is Head of Education and Outreach at The National Archives, UK (the official government archive), where he leads the team responsible for mediating one of the greatest collections in the world for history teachers and students to use in the classroom, covering history from the global to the personal perspectives. He is a former Head of History, Digital Developer and Trainer in teaching technologies.

Alf Wilkinson

Alf Wilkinson is a former Head of History and ICT co-ordinator in a large UK school and has taught history for many years. Since 1999 he has worked for the Historical Association, UK, as their Education Manager, and as a freelance history education consultant, teacher and a prolific educational author. He is on the editorial team for Primary History and The Historian.

Andrew Wrenn

Andrew Wrenn is a freelance consultant and writer in history education and a former Humanities Advisor for an English local authority. He is a Fellow of the Historical Association (based in London, UK) and has written extensively for publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Pearson, HarperCollins and Routledge, with texts on The First World War, Presenting the Past, History and Citizenship and Twentieth Century (Collins Key Stage 3 History). He has also written for the Historical Association, the BBC and the Times Educational Supplement.