Victorian Street Food

Victorian Street Food

Victorian Street Food Imagine walking through your local fair or market. The smells from all the food stalls are making you hungry. What would you choose? Pancakes with chocolate spread; fluffy, sugary donuts; or something salty and savoury like burgers or hotdogs? Perhaps a tray of hot chilli, or aromatic curry and rice? For many […]

Food Politics

History of the politics of food

Food Politics Food has enormous power. The divide between those who have an abundance of things to eat and those who are desperately hungry has caused oppression, strikes and even revolution.  Bread and circuses  In ancient Rome, the phrase panem et circenses (bread and circuses) referred to the provision of free food and entertainment to […]

World War II – A brief history for kids

World War 2 facts for kids

World War II (1939-1945) – A brief history for kids How it all started On 3 September 1939, Britain and France went to war against Germany. The Nazi regime in Germany had invaded neighbouring countries in Europe like Austria and Czechoslovakia. Adolf Hitler, the German leader, wanted to extend his territory even further. When his […]

Measure the Burj Khalifa

measure the Burj Khalifa

WALK THE HEIGHT OF THE BURJ KHALIFA When it comes to the tallest buildings, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the tallest of them all. It is over four-fifths of a kilometre high, topping off at 830 metres. Work started on the building in 2004 and it was officially opened in 2010. […]

Life and Times of Alan Turing

The life and works of Alan Turing While other mathematicians and scientists like Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Liebniz, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace may have experimented with simple computing machines, it is Alan Turing who is generally regarded as the father of modern computing. Alan Turing’s work on the nature of thought and the potential for […]

Very Big Numbers

Very Big Numbers In a word A billion is certainly a large number but it used to be even bigger. In Britain, until the 1970s, a billion was considered to be a million million, that is one and twelve zeros (1 000 000 000 000). Since then, however, the American version of a billion has […]

Make Gladiator Battle Cards

MAKE GLADIATOR BATTLE CARDS Terrifying fighters. A roaring audience. A gory, stinky fight to the death. Sounds horrid, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, gladiator games were incredibly popular in ancient Rome! Whenever one was coming up, the city would be covered in graffiti, giving the date of the show, the names of the […]

Make a Roman Dip Recipe

A POMPEII PARTY The ancient Romans loved their grub, and made the most of any opportunity to eat and drink together. Celebratory feasts were an all-day event. They gave everyone a chance to seriously show off. Guests often bathed in oils before attending a feast. They also wore special loose ‘dinner’ clothes to help them […]

Graffiti in the age of the gladiators

Graffiti in the age of gladiators In Pompeii, in the first century CE, graffiti was everywhere. Over 11,000 examples have been found scrawled on the walls of houses and public buildings, and that’s just the stuff that survived! Yep, if you wanted to know something in downtown Pompeii, you didn’t look to Twitter, Instagram, TikTok […]

Ancient Roman Feast

Roman Feasts When you sit at the table to eat a meal, are you expected to sit up properly, stop playing with your food and use a knife and fork? Do you occasionally get told off for eating with your fingers, or even burping out loud? Then you might like to know that the Roman […]