History week- Can you solve the historical mystery?

Using your developing historical enquiry skills, can you ask great questions and piece together the clues to solve the historical mystery?

New clues will be posted each day based on your questions. So, think carefully about what you need to know to solve the mystery!

You are in control of the enquiry!

Here are the first two discoveries!

 Clue 1   Clue 2

Monday- Clue 1                                                     Clue 2

Clue 3 Clue 4

Tuesday- Clue 3                                                                    Clue 4

Clue 5

Wednesday- Clue 5

Clue 6Clue 7

Final two clues… Clue 6 and 7.

Put all the clues together, find a link and explain who you think the mystery person is and why. Don’t forget to explain how you think the clues link to the person.

48 thoughts on “History week- Can you solve the historical mystery?

  1. Mrs Fallows gave us a Tudor rose.[for a clue to our mystery person number 1]
    We found out that the battle of Bosworth was between Richard III and Henry VII. We found out that Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at Bosworth Battle Field.
    The red rose represents the House of Lancaster (Henry VII) and the white rose represents the House of York (Elizabeth). They married in 1509 which made the families join together and is the reason why we have the two colours on the rose.

    We are now investigating important people of the Tudor times.

  2. This morning Miss H set us a challenge to find out as much as we can find out about George Stevenson and it was pretty hard and easy. This afternoon we found at that, the Rocket train was made in 1815.

  3. Is it florence nightingale you can tell in the picture in grey they are all dressed up in
    Nurse outfits too she became a doctor in 1820 and she died in 1910 of old age .
    And a hospital would rarely be a tent whit people from the war who were injured.

  4. Fantastic enquiries so far Isabella and Katie (and your dad)!
    Take a look at the next two clues. Do these help your enquiry? What questions are you asking in order to find out more about these clues?

    Mrs F

  5. I think that clue 4 are soldiers medals from the Crimean war. I think the ladies might be nurses working to look after the soldiers. I don’t know yet what we need to find out to solve the mystery? Am I looking for a person, a place or an event?

  6. Good enquiry work Katie. Read Abbie’s comment about which war it might be.

    How did you link the clues to the Crimean war Abbie? Great historian work.
    You are trying to find a person.

    What dates are we investigating then?

    Mrs F

  7. I think it is about the Crimean war too Mrs Fallows asked us what the tiny balls are.?
    Non of us knew she did say they were used in the war…It is probably between Fitz Roy and Palrice demac Mahon.

  8. I was on Google when I found a picture of the Crimean war medals they are the same so it is the Crimean war. We are looking at dates from 1853-1856

  9. I looked at clue 5. I could see some soldiers. I knew that because of their uniforms. I don’t think they are in hospital. I thought they might be having a meeting and they are eating and drinking. They might be in a bar. I think I know the lady in the picture. Is this who we are looking for?

      1. She wanted to help the soldiers and look after them. They wouldn’t let her work in the hospital.

  10. I looked at the photograph with the cannon balls on the road. I don’t know if this is a good piece of evidence as I found the photo on Google and the photographer might have put the cannon balls there. I am trying to think about how the 2 clues are connected. They seem to be about caring for the soldiers in the Crimean war but they don’t all seem to be about Florence Nightingale.

      1. You have to ask yourself how true the evidence is. Sometimes it is only someones opinion or their point of view. EG:
        When Elizabeth I had her portrait painted she probably told the artist to make her look beautiful.

      2. That’s a really good point Abbie. When we look at History it’s quite tricky to clearly work out what is fact and what might be opinion…especially when the evidence we look at might have changed over time. Everything written down when you think about has been written from someone’s point of view….even if they think they’re being very factual! Mrs M

  11. Mrs Fallows showed us a rose and asked if we new what it was. Is it to represent the different house in the War of the Roses. The house of York used a white rose and the house of Lancaster used a red rose. The was of the roses took place between 1455 – 1485.

  12. At the beginning of the Crimean war conditions for the soldiers were really bad. Lots of the soldiers died because they were not looked after properly when they were injured. The hospitals weren’t hygenic and the food was sometimes mouldy. The clues seem to be telling us about two different women who helped the soldiers. I am trying to find a connection. I found out about a chef who helped both of them improve the soldier’s food. Could he be the link? I need another clue please to see if it is something to do with food.

  13. So they are cannon balls I thought so .It must been in the crimean war beetween Fitz Roy and Palrice demac Mahon.But ifyou look on clue 5 there is a sort of general from the war and a man that has just came out of the door whith a mustash on his face. I looked at pictures of Fitz Roy and Palrice demac Mahon and one looks olive type skin and one pure whie .I think that their hair is kind of different but
    Maby it could be them two people I bet on clue 5 everyone will get real closer to the answer.

  14. I googled clue 1 which was Scutari Hospital. This the name of the barrack hospital in Turkey which Florence Nightingale was posted to in the Crimean War. In 1854 Florence Nightingale and 38 other nurses from England were sent to this hospital. when they got there they were very shocked at the hundreds of injured men and the conditions they were being cared for in. The men often arrived at the hospital with other diseases eg: Cholera, Typhus and Dysentry as well as their injuries. More men were dying of these diseases than of their injuries. The wounded men were sleeping in overcrowded rooms with dirty blankets. This meant that diseases spread very quickly. In Hospitals at that time soldiers were not given good food and medicines were very basic. At first the Army doctors didn’t want the nurses to change anything but then they realised they needed their help. Florence Nightingale taught them about keeping the hospital clean, germ free and good food. when Florence returned to england she was famous. She began a campaign to give better nursing and teach other nurses about the importance of keeping hospitals clean and germ free. She even met Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, she gave evidence to a committee. I really enjoyed finding out all of this from the National Archives website.

    1. Wow Mabel. This is fantastic research! It’s so great to see people researching so enthusiastically! (Although it is getting rather late now for all you night birds to be blogging??) The. National Archives website is a great place to do your research. Well done. Mrs M

  15. We think that all the clues connect to Mary Seacole.
    Clue 1: she wanted to be a nurse with Florence Nightingale but she was turned down.
    Clue 2: she stayed at Scutari hospital on the way to the Crimea.
    Clue 3: she went to areas of battle to help the soldiers.
    Clue 4: it was the Crimean war (we don’t think she got a medal)
    Clue 5: this is her in the hotel she set up.
    Clue 6 and 7: she was half Jamaican and half Scottish

    Have we solved the mystery?

    1. All will be revealed tomorrow girls. I would like to say that you have both taken part fantastically well showing your super historical enquiry skills.
      Can you link in clue 4? Go on…you’re almost there!

      Mrs F

      1. We found a photo and a portrait where she is wearing a small medal. She didn’t win the medal but wore it to show she was thinking about the soldiers.

  16. My dad was telling me about carbon dating, which is a technique that scientists use to help historians tell how old stuff is. It’s a bit tricky to understand, but basically there are three types of carbon called isotopes: carbon 12, carbon 13 and carbon 14. Carbon 14 very slowly turns into carbon 12 and 13 because it’s radioactive. By measuring how much carbon 14 is left in something we can estimate how old it is. This helps tell how old very old things are (like dinosaurs, the Romans, the Egyptians etc).

  17. is it famous nurses from various Wars:

    1. Florence Nightingale
    2. Brigadier Helen Cattanach (‘Scotland’s Florence Nightingale’)
    3. Mary Seacole (‘Jamaica’s Florence Nightingale’)

    Clue 1: Victorian Nurses
    Clue 2: Scutari Hostpital – where Florence Nightingale served
    Clue 3: Cannon balls from the Crimean war?
    Clue 4: a Crimean war medal
    Clue 5: a Victorian scene
    Clues 6 and 7: Scottish and Jamaican flags linking to the other two less famous nurses.

  18. Clue 1 is Florence nightingale
    Clue 2 is the hospital that Florence nightingale
    Clue 3 is the battle field scene from the Crimean war
    Clue 4 is a medal presented to soldier who served in the campaign
    Clue 5 is a scene from a chemist store
    Clue 6 is the Jamaica flag
    Clue 7 is the flag of Scotland
    All clue lead to Mary seacole who was of Jamaican and Scottish parents and a nurse like Florence nightingale

  19. Florence Nightingale was called the lady with the lamp because she walked round at night to check the soldiers were ok. Mary Seacole also cared for the soldiers. She cooked them food and made sure they had warm clothes. She did not work in the hospital like Florence Nightingale.

  20. Florence Nightingale is more famous because she carried on working to improve the conditions in the hospitals after the Crimean war had finished. She told lots of people, including Queen Victoria, how bad conditions were. She also helped to get nurses better training. Mary Seacole was very caring and helped a lot of soldiers during the war but she did not have as much impact as Florence Nightingale after the war ended. 😉

  21. That gave me allot of information Brodie as she said
    About the people Mary seacole Jamacas Florence nightingale and Brigdier Helen Cattanach
    Scotland’s Florence nightingale.But it has defiantly explained alott so it has got to be one of those two
    People. I can’t wait until tomorrow morning figure who it is and who wins the prize whoever wins it well
    Done.

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