History is the study of people and places from times other than ‘now’. It is an investigation of how lifestyles and places have changed over time, a development of chronological understanding and the scrutiny of evidence that exists from different times.
It is the process of enquiry (searching for evidence, evaluating evidence, interpretation and weighing of different sorts of evidence). It is the product of imaginative reconstruction – evidence is nearly always incomplete and calls for interpretation, speculation and hypothesising. It is describing and explaining the past based on a hypothesis reached through examination of evidence, NOT presenting the past as a series of facts or uncontested truths.
We believe History is important because:
It is a body of knowledge essential to our understanding of the world around us;
The skills and knowledge of history have wide application in everyday life;
Historical awareness is a prerequisite for responsible participation in society.