Rebecca Welsford


My interest in History stems from childhood holidays spent exploring archaeological sites, castles and other historical monuments. It was further developed by inspirational teachers at both school and university. I relished the stories of the past and was fascinated by many of the characters I discovered along the way; I also came to see how much the study of History helps us to make sense of the world we live in. Over time, I became equally engaged by historical methods – constructing and challenging interpretations of the past through the rigorous use and evaluation of historical source materials.

I completed my undergraduate degree in History at Oxford University. I left Oxford with a very keen interest in the Middle Ages and developed this by doing an MLitt in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. During these years of study, I decided that I wanted to become a teacher to inspire a love of History in young people and develop my own knowledge and understanding of the past. I did a PGCE at Cambridge.

Since then, I have spent 15 years teaching in girls’ schools in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, including nine years as Head of History. I have enjoyed teaching a wide range of periods in British, European and World History and helping students develop skills, including evaluating historical sources and structuring arguments. Leading foreign trips has also been a high point of teaching, particularly taking students to visit Berlin and Krakow to support their work on aspects of 20th-century European History.

Outside teaching, I enjoy travel and exploring the outdoors with my three young children – walking and introducing them to some of the historical sites that sparked my own interest in the past.

I look forward to sharing my love of the past with you.

Subjects: History