Hello and good morning. Today I am going to feature YouTube channels that post documentaries. I love a good documentary. I am always trying to learn new things. As a student, I loved it when a teacher or professor showed a documentary in class, especially in place of a lecture. I also used documentaries in my research too. Professionally, I would rather show a documentary in the classroom than give the students an assignment. YouTube is a great resource for material to show in class whether or not the teacher is in the classroom.
The British seem to produce the best documentaries. Or do they have the best narrators? I think it is a combination of both. I initially enjoyed the narration of David Starkey. However, I have been introduced to a new set of British historians. I want to be Lucy Worsley when I grow up. Helen Castor is also fantastic. Suzannah Lipscomb is awesome. Tracey Borman is someone new I was introduced to. I could easily sit in on a lecture of Mary Beard’s. I can listen to Neil Oliver all day and he made neck gaiters cool before the pandemic.
Unfortunately, many of the documentaries get taken down from YouTube due to copyright violations when they are discovered. It is rather disappointing that they do get taken down. I miss Lucy Worsley’s Heroines, Housewives, and Harlots. That said, I do try to use authorized channels for this resource. I also try to provide the Amazon link if there is one available. Reminder, do try to support these historians in their work by purchasing the documentary or subscribing to their podcasts or channels. You can also support these historians by subscribing to HistoryHit: https://access.historyhit.com/ a subscription service like Netflix for historical documentaries. Timeline offers discounts if you want to purchase this service.
The following channels are authorized to post documentaries. I am guessing they are authorized since the documentaries they have posted have not been taken down. It could change in the future, but I am not going to guarantee that these channels will not be taken down in the future.
This is an authorized channel for British-produced documentaries. There is a wide variety of topics available for the viewer. Vikings, World War II, the harem, ancient world, Tudors, and Knights Templars are among the topics available for viewing. Timeline uploads new content weekly. They have an old Time Team episode as well. This channel was one of the first documentary channels that have popped up in the past couple of years to pop up.
Absolute History: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr5qeBG9g7bGtMGyHG2GzbQ
This was the second documentary channel to pop up in the past couple of years. This channel features a mixture of historical-based reality TV, STEM, and what you can find on Timeline. So it is a mix of World War II, You should be able to find something to show to a class with this channel as well. This channel uploads new content three times a week.
According to the YouTube Algorithms, this is a brand new history channel. It is only two months old! This channel features documentaries on the ancient world. For the time being, this channel is posting new content weekly. That could change in the future.
DW Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW39zufHfsuGgpLviKh297Q
This is a German channel that shares documentaries both historical and modern documentaries. A teacher should be able to find something no matter what classroom they are teaching in. Some of the documentaries are longer some of the documentaries are shorter. There are documentaries on COVID, Warsaw Ghetto, Turkmenistan, and animal abuse. This is a channel not limited to history.
These are a few of the authorized channels for uploading documentaries. This list is current as of the July 28, 2021 date this blog was published. In the future, if more historical documentary channels are created I will be glad to update this list. For now, use these channels as a starting point for a lecture, research, or creating a new learning experience.
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