How I’m History works

I’m History, Get me out of here is an online history engagement activity for school students.

By taking part you:

  • Help school students learn about Black British history, from Roman Britain to the present day, through narratives that aren’t centred on slavery
  • Give students a well-informed and fuller understanding of UK History
  • Empower more teachers to continue teaching Black British History in their classrooms
  • Gain more experience of public engagement in an easy and enjoyable way


Historians: Apply to take part ❯


The activity is text-based and online; take part from any web browser with an internet connection.

You choose to take part at the times that suit your schedule.

The format

You create a profile to share information about a historical figure, that you have chosen to champion, answer students’ questions, and engage directly with classes in live moderated instant-messaging chats.

One thing that shone through in all the sessions is the curiosity of all involved, the desire to find out answers to questions, no matter how big or small.
– John Shaw, participant

Chats with classes

Chats last 40 minutes. They happen on our text-only instant messaging platform (no video or audio needed).

Chats are fast paced and fun. We don’t expect you to attend every chat! Sign up to whatever you can fit into your schedule.

Zones: Groups of historians and schools

The activity is divided into ‘Zones’. Each Zone typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

Time needed

Time commitment is flexible and the format is designed so you can fit taking part into your normal schedule as much as possible.

Sign up to live chats that suit your schedule. You can also log in to answer students’ questions at any time.

Questions students ask

I’m History is a student-led activity. This means students can ask anything they like.

All questions and live chats are moderated by our moderation team, who are there to help and support you throughout the activity.

Equipment you need

All you need is a computer or other device with internet access. Everything is run through a web-browser, you don’t need to download any software.

Who can apply?

Anyone in a history-related role or undertaking historical research is welcome to take part.


Questions? Contact