Fun Stuff & Offers

Curious Summer: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Keep curiosity alive this summer with fab days out for the whole family. Have a Curious Summer and walk in the childhood footsteps of one of the greatest playwrights in history; William Shakespeare. Step back in time with a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon this summer and discover the house where he was born and grew up, and […]

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Win a 6 month subscription to Juno Magazine!

This August marks the 50th issue of Juno Magazine, the magazine that promotes a natural approach to family life and to celebrate we are giving away a 6-month subscription to What On Earth? fans.  The bi-monthly magazine supports and inspires parents with more holistic views and each issue focusses on topics such as nutrition, home education, sustainability and […]

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Brodie’s dynamite Dino cards wins our £100 prize!

Wow! Have you seen this amazing hand-drawn set of Nature Top Trump cards from Brodie in Lincolnshire? A huge dinosaur fan and a talented artist Brodie’s set of cards impressed the whole team here at WoE?

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5000 FREE wallbooks… What on Earth? is going on?

From today until the general election (June 8th) we are giving away 5,000 FREE British history timeline books to the nation, so everyone has the opportunity to find out for themselves what it really means to be British!

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.

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.

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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.

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Well done Sidney- our April winner of £100!

We loved receiving work from our upcoming Activity Book and have decided to continue with our monthly competition to win £100! April’s winner was Sidney from Grantham, Lincs who produced an amazing set of Shakespeare Top Trump cards.

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Well done to Loui from Kent.

WELL DONE from all of us at What on Earth to Loui from Kent after winning £100 for his Hydrogen Fusion Reactor proposal.

Loui is the third winner in our £100 monthly prize giveaway. Our monthly prizes are open to any child who completes one of the activities in our Free to download Activity Book

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Well done to our Feb winner Matthew!

“Thank you! I’m really excited and surprised to find out I’ve won! I enjoyed making the quiz and testing my friends and family but I didn’t think I would win – but I’m pleased I did!”

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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!

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!

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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.

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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.