A Light on the Hill

Intergenerational History Activity

Creating our history of the last 100 years

  • Gather a group of people of significantly different ages. Ask them to help you tell a story of our joint history. 
  • Across the top of the table on the next page, different decades have been grouped together into an era. Down the left-hand side of the table is something to be identified for each of the eras. 
  • Ask each person to provide an appropriate answer for each box, and write them down.
 1920s, 30s, 40s1950s, 60s. 1970s, 80s, 90s 2000s.
A favourite TV/radio show     
A popular song     
A sporting hero     
A significant technological advance     
A typical church social activity     
A popular song / hymn in church     
A fashion item     
A famous band     
The most successful football team    

Reflect together:

  • How many boxes can you fill in?
  • What do you notice that is different (or the same) across the generations?
  • How easy did you find it to remember some of the answers? Does it matter how old you are?
  • What do you know now that you didn’t know 10 minutes ago?

Here is a printable version (2 pages) of this activity.

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