England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550 Resident Aliens in the Late Middle Ages

Resources for Teachers

The history of migration is becoming an important part of the school curriculum. Not only is it embedded in GCSE specifications, but it is also becoming a feature of history teaching for younger students because migration history is so relevant to today’s pupils.

Lesson Plans and Supporting Material

In order to produce useful resources to support teachers, the ‘England’s Immigrants’ project has teamed up with The National Archives. We ran a Teacher Scholar Programme in early 2016, in which several teachers spent an intensive 14 weeks working with us and the historical education consultant, Ben Walsh, to produce a range of resources to help with the teaching of medieval migration.

These resources are free to download, and are available at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/englands-immigrants-1330-1550/

Titles include:

  • Were there really aliens living among the population of England in the 15th century? (KS2 – Years 5-6)
  • How can government records help us investigate the diversity of the population? (KS3 – Years 8/9)
  • How can we get people from the 15th century to tell us about their lives? (KS4 and 5 – Years 10-13)
  • Did trade and migration change England in the 16th century? (KS5 – Years 12-13)

We would appreciate any feedback you have on these resources. There is a questionnaire attached to the resources, and any feedback you give us will help towards supporting the further funding and development of such CPD programmes for all topics and periods of history.


As part of the Teacher Scholar Programme we recorded a series of podcasts with the Historical Association to give context to the project, as well as a guide to using the database:

Not an Island Story by Prof. Mark Ormrod:

The Anglo Saxons by Dr Ryan Lavelle

The Vikings by Dr Ryan Lavelle

The Normans by Dr Sethina Watson

Jewish Migration by Dr Sethina Watson

Guide to Using the Database by Dr Jessica Lutkin

We also have a short series of podcasts on the Historical Association website that may prove helpful:


As part of our on-going commitment to the teaching of migration history the project will be running workshops at the following events:

If you would like us to run a workshop at your event, please email contact us englandsimmigrants@york.ac.uk.

Further Reading and Useful Links

Cite this page:

England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550 (www.englandsimmigrants.com, version 1.0, 4 June 2023), http://www.englandsimmigrants.com/resources-for-teachers/