News & Events, Reviews

An AMAZING talk, according to Gabe….

Last month we went to a presentation one evening at the kids’ school called “A History of the World in 20 Objects”. The presentation was given by author Christopher Lloyd, who wrote the book “What on Earth Happened”, and it was nothing short of amazing. The kids loved it, Matt and I loved it, and it’s actually resulted in multiple family discussions on historical events that have been both fun and interesting.

Chronicles

King Harold falls at Hastings as Normans invade England

THEY SAY that a month is a long time in politics. It’s even longer if you are an eleventh-century English king. On 25 September, the English king Harold Godwinson celebrated a magnificent victory at Stamford Bridge, in Yorkshire, after defeating an army of Norwegian invaders. But less than three weeks later he lay dead on a battlefield near Hastings, on the south coast, after his army was annihilated by French forces led by William, Duke of Normandy.

Book Club, News & Events

Brilliant Marley wins our £100 prize!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS from all of us at What on Earth to the fabulous Marley from Devon with his AMAZING deck of Top Trump cards!

Marley is the first winner in our £100 monthly prize giveaway. Other great entries include Patrick’s quiz and graph and Eliot and Neil’s amazing robotic cookers!

Our monthly prizes are open to any child who completes one of the activities in our Free to download Activity Book

Isabelle, Marley’s Mum, said there was shock and awe at the house when Marley discovered he was this month’s winner:

“Oh my goodness! That is amazing news. I can’t tell the whooping, holloring and joyful jumping that has been going on from Marley’s room and all around the house. I am worried the ceilings might fall down! Thank you so so much”, she said.

Videos

British History Story #3 – The Roman Invasion

World history is peppered with stories of walls: Hadrian’s Wall, The Great Wall of China, The Berlin Wall. None of them were particularly successful at keeping people out – or keeping people in depending on your perspective! So what is this fascination with walls all about? Christopher Lloyd explores…..

News & Events

The bigger the story the better!

Most people, especially when they write non-fiction books – are specialists of some kind. Our modern culture is obsessed with people being experts, doctors and professors – so much so that to succeed in getting a good job (or being taken seriously as a non-fiction author) you must be an expert. “What’s your special topic?” asks John Humphries, host of the famous BBC Series Mastermind. Maybe it’s a species, an event in history, a famous person, an invention, a movement or a historic place.

Reviews

Brick Castle reviews Wallbook of British History

I love looking at new books with my children, and sometimes a different sort of book comes along that really makes us pay attention. The What On Earth? Wallbook Of British History is definitely very different – and very impressive.From outside the hardback cover the Wallbook Timeline Of British History looks like a regular large format book, but open it out and inside is a pocket magnifier, a 2 metre long pullout wallbook, and an 18 page copy of The Chronicle – a brilliant mock up of an imaginary newspaper.

News & Events

Sunday Times British History Poster

Christopher Lloyd and Andy Forshaw have teamed up with the Sunday Times to produce a unique What on Earth? British History poster. It will be distributed free with the newspaper throughout the UK on Sunday April 10th. The poster features 20 of the top moments in our island’s history from the formation of Giant’s Causeway 60 million years ago to the present day. The back page depicts a list of all the Kings & Queens from 1066 to 2016 with key achievements from each reign.

News & Events, Videos

Listening to the Sounds of Science!

The Sounds of Science is a three-way collaboration between solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, composer Jill Jarman and Wallbook author Christopher Lloyd. The project aims to demonstrate how a narrative timeline can be conveyed effectively through a soundscape. Click here to see a video excerpt of the world premier in Edinburgh

News & Events

A Bayeux Tapestry for the 21st Century

With over 1,000 captions and illustrations, readers are taken on a visually exhilarating journey through the ages: from the dinosaurs, the Battle of Hastings, Henry VIII’s Reformation, Oliver Cromwell’s Civil War, George Stephenson’s Rocket to the invention of the internet by Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s…and beyond!

Reviews

Famous Author Christopher Lloyd Visits Truro Prep

Children’s author and historian Christopher Lloyd visited Truro Prep School on Wednesday 20 January to run an interactive workshop on Shakespeare. Mr Lloyd first taught Years Two, Three and Four in the Pre-Prep Hall followed by a second presentation to Years Five and Six later in the day.

Book Club

Winners of the ‘It’s extinct!’ November Book Club Competition Announced

We were inundated with some fantastic and scary pictures following November's Book Club competition in which we asked members to draw an extinct animal. We had great fun judging them all but there could only be three winners - congratulations to Nathan, Sebastian and Xander who have each won a personalised T-Rex-shirt.

Videos

Every Child Should Have This Book!

What on Earth? Author Christopher Lloyd is interviewed on BBC Breakfast about the publication of his World history epic What on Earth Happened? by Bill Turnbull. See how he tackles the tricky issue of is there a parallel universe!

News & Events, Videos

The Wright Stuff

Home Educators, so often pictured by the press as crazies who have slipped off the system, are vigorously defended by world history author Christopher Lloyd in this 20 minute interview for Channel’s 5’s Matthew Wright.

News & Events, Videos

A History of the World in 20 Minutes!

Take the ultimate cross-curricular journey stopping off at 20 key moments in the history of planet, life and people using everyday objects.

Fun Stuff & Offers

‘Wow’ Gifts for Grandchildren

Want to entice the grandkids away from their screens this Christmas? Trying to elicit more than a one word response? Give them a What on Earth? timeline.

Fun Stuff & Offers

What on Earth shall I give dad?

Dads can be the trickiest of all! Bowl them over with fact-packed, mind-blowing, fast-paced, tedium-busting books bursting with knowledge.

Fun Stuff & Offers

Are you a Trivia Buff?

Wow your family and friends with your endless knowledge of world history, scientific breakthroughs, Shakespearean characters and sporting records.

Chronicles

Olympics hailed as a triumph

At an ancient sanctuary in one of Greece’s most far-flung corners a historic race took place yesterday between athletes from across the known world.

Videos

British History Story #9: The 20th Century Rise of Germany

How the ambitions of the German nation and its subsequent humiliation after World War 1 led to the downfall of the British Empire. Christopher Lloyd talks about how Great Britain may have won both World Wars – but at a very high price

Videos

British History Story #8: The power of steam

The invention of the steam engine had the greatest effect of the history of Britain – it gave human beings the ability to travel beyond the limitations of nature. Great Britain took the railways across the world and built an Empire upon which the sun never set