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20 May

OV Helen is a Lockdown Education Hero

Many congratulations to OV Helen Harding (née Lee, Ch 94-01), who recently won the ‘Lockdown Hero’ category in the Worcestershire Education Awards 2022.

Helen runs Discover History with her husband Paul, who is a 2nd Lieutenant in King’s Worcester CCF and runs the School’s Young Archaeologist Club, which started in September last year.

Lockdown Hero Helen Harding

Discover History was founded in 2003 to bring History to life for people of all ages and abilities. This includes costumed performance work for organisations such as English Heritage, talks and guided tours for groups such as the Women’s Institute, and delivering fun and interactive history workshops and immersive history days to schools. Care Home reminiscence sessions, media work, training and consulting for the heritage and tourism industry are also offered.

However, the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way they worked in 2020. Helen explained, “We knew the importance of adapting and moving to a virtual world. We already had a YouTube Channel, so we promised one video every day and this is something we succeeded in doing from day one of the Lockdown. Our aim was not just to keep the Discover History name going but to help those having to stay home to access our shared heritage.”

The daily videos helped pupils with homework and teachers deliver lessons online, with some teachers commissioning bespoke videos for their topic of study. Pupils could also meet an historical character such as Florence Nightingale and William Wilberforce and ask them questions! The Lockdown Videos were additionally used by Museums and groups who could no longer open their doors or meet in village halls.

Helen was nominated and won the Lockdown Hero Award for their use of YouTube. Helen added, “It was great to be nominated but a fantastic surprise to win!”

Lockdown Hero Helen Harding Paul Harding

Discover History has won several awards in the past including the Worcestershire Education Awards in numerous categories, the Suffragette Spirit Award in 2018 run by Amnesty International and they were finalists in the Mayor’s Best of Worcester Award in 2020. It is currently up for three awards in the #WorcestershireHour Social Media Awards too, which will be judged in July 2022.

A very deserved nomination and win, Helen!