Political Campaigning timeline - Houses of History

Political Campaigning timeline - Houses of History

This interactive timeline allows students to learn about key moments in the history of political campaigning.

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This interactive timeline lets students learn about more than two centuries of history from the 1689 Bill of Rights to the 1936 Jarrow march for jobs.

Students can:

  • Follow an historical chronology of 15 significant moments in the history of political campaigning from the 17th to the 20th centuries
  • Watch a short animation of the ‘Rush on Parliament’ when suffragettes stormed the Palace of Westminster
  • Create a project from a template of a newspaper article and add images and quotations collected from the timeline
  • Take a writing challenge and pen a persuasive article to convince people that participating in civic life by campaigning really can make a difference.

Time required:  30 minutes plus optional writing activity

Learning outcomes

All students should:

  • Learn how active citizenship and political campaigning can make a difference to society through individuals lobbying for change
  • Find out about key campaigns in British history, including those to end the slave trade, win voting rights for women, and protest against job losses in the 20th century
  • Understand an historical chronology and, using this, learn about key social and political campaigns
  • Evaluate a range of historical sources through images, animations, articles and links to further information on recommended websites

Most students should:

  • Read longer authoritative articles as they travel through three centuries of political campaigning and follow recommended web links to find out more
  • Understand broader social and political development of political campaigning from the time of King William III to the Jarrow march to Parliament in 1936 to ask for jobs
  • Consider the significance of events, people and developments campaigning in their historical context and in the present day

Practical information

Houses of History requires Flash version 10 or later. You can download this free software and the latest version is: Flash plug-in (link opens in new window).

Access the Help screen by clicking the button marked '?' at the top right of the resource.

The resource is best viewed with a fast internet connection due to the number of images and


Curriculum links

Curriculum links

View all Houses of History curriculum links for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

pdf file - 323 KB

Image credits

Image credits

Picture and copyright information for images used in Houses of History.

pdf file - 39 KB

Writing challenge: political campaigning

Writing challenge: political campaigning

Challenge your students to write a persuasive article to convince people that campaigning really can make a difference.

pdf file - 49 KB
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