Introductory Information

Young heritage detectives start to understand age by considering something old, and something else as older and yet something else as even older.  When they use a timeline even very young heritage detectives can start to see what these words mean in relation to the passing of time.  An awareness and then an understanding of chronology and chronological order - Victorian, Tudors, Vikings etc. is much more difficult and takes a lot longer to understand.  (some of us never do!)

Go West Heritage Knights always place wonder cards on timelines pre-marked with the major periods of history. This makes it possible to work out what Arthur de Caldicot might recognise, it also helps to provide a context for developing story around fixed by moments in time.


Make your timeline to measure time.

  • Download the timeline template.
  • Cut out and stick the pieces together. 
This handy timeline is part of your basic detective kit. Make sure to take it wherever you go.
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How to use this timeline

These children are placing their wonder cards on the Knights Great Banner Timeline.
These children are placing their wonder cards on the Knights Great Banner Timeline.

You will need a wonder card.

Use your timeline to work out whether Arthur might recognise it.

Make sure that you have marked the year 1204 on your timeline. 

Check that there is a date on the wonder card.

Place a wonder card on the timeline against this year.

Check to see whether it come before 1204 or after 1204?

If it comes before 1204 Arthur could have seen it.

If it comes after 1204 he would not.

Test each one of your wonder cards to determine whether you have found anything that Arthur could recognise when he explores your parish. 

The great banner timeline used by the Heritage Knights when working with young heritage detectives illustrates the passage of time quite dramatically when it is unrolled at the end of a workshop or quest.

More timelines for heritage detectives.

A Windows timeline.

A timeline to show the development of window shapes in medieval churches.
A timeline to show the development of window shapes in medieval churches.

Include this timeline in your detective's kit, it will help you to date a medieval church building. Always look at the shapes of the windows; you can do this from the outside of the building. Because medieval builders tended to build in the latest style you can trace the development of the building from the shape of its windows.  The earliest are the simple round headed 'Romanesque'  windows built in Norman times, Arthur would have recognised these.  He would have seen builders working on many of the churches he passed. They were making the windows bigger.  These new windows let in more light, they were pointed in shape rather than round headed.  Over time the windows got bigger and bigger, many had elaborate tracery but Arthur would not recognise these.

Download your timeline here:

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A timeline to use to store information.

Skilled heritage detectives create stories fro m the information they discover from their wonder points. As they research and collect information  they keep a record. A good way of storing this information is on a timeline. This helps them to understand how things have changed over time. Visit the Time Traveller's Guide to see some examples of this.