A group of Year 7 and 8 students shared their love of the past with celebrated historian and Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP when he visited the school on 24th November.

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He began with a tour with Mr Quigley, followed by a session with some of our most enthusiastic historians, who talked to him about their favourite periods of history; topics as diverse as Ancient Egypt, the origins of the East India Company and the French Revolution.

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After asking the students some incredibly challenging questions, Mr Hunt was quizzed by the students in turn, both on historical matters (such as what his own favourite period of history is – the 1870s, he answered) and why he decided to be a politician.

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The MP also presented us with a bound set of The War Illustrated, journals dating from World War I. The books, donated by East Finchley historian Peter Hart, are a fantastic primary source and our students are already enjoying exploring them.

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