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What is history to you? Why is it good to study history? Does it even matter? Name an important historical event for you. Why do you consider this event important? The prisoners at Långholmen When a convict was released from the Central Prison on Långholmen around the turn of the century 1900 so a biographical sheet was created about the prisoner. The leaves were collected in so-called portrait rolls, and contains photographs of the convicts. The rolls also contain information about appearance, date of birth, when the prisoner started serving the sentence, from which prison he was transferred, when he released and where he was sent as well as how much money he earned during his stay Långholmen. Your task is to investigate how the portrait rolls can be used as historical ones sources! Sources: Go to Stockholmskällan – search for: “Porträttrollor”. Then you will find the portrait series at people who have been in the prison at Långholmen. Task: Go through some of the scrolls. Then answer the following questions: A: What crimes have the prisoners committed? Give ten examples. B: What do the sources say about the society of the time? C: Who drew up the portrait scrolls, and why, do you think? D: How credible are these sources? Is there any information about the prisoners that you can question? Examine some of the portrait rolls more closely based on the source critical criteria proximity, dependence and tendency. E: Is it important to save this type of document? Why or why not? Q: What can these sources be used for? Discuss: A: How do we know what we know about the past? B: Why is it so important to be critical of sources in today’s society? www.stockholmskallan.se A school newspaper from 1946 During the 1940s, the school newspaper VI and our school was published at the Riksby Folk School, with articles of the students (folk school corresponds to today’s primary school). In Stockholmskällan you can find among other 1946 edition. What can a school newspaper say about the school, children, youth and Society? Source: Go to the Stockholm source – Search at Riksby Folk School – Choose “We and our school …”. Task: Read the 1946 We and our school and answer the following questions: A: What does the source say about the school and society in the 1940s? B: Is there a big difference compared to today? C: How is the credibility of this source? Evaluate the source based on the source-critical criteria proximity, dependence and tendency. D: Is it important to save this type of document? Why or why not? E: What can this resource be used for? Discuss: A: How do we know what we know about the past? B: Why is it so important to be critical of sources in today’s society? www.stockholmskallan.se