Postcards from the past competition: the winners
The wait is over – we bring you the 10 winners of our recent lockdown competition...
In May this year, as the world was locking down, BBC History Revealed, with HistoryExtra, launched a competition for children aged 6–13 designed to challenge their historical knowledge and imagination. Their task: to write and draw a postcard from the perspective of a historical person living in a past lockdown.
The response has been amazing, with more than 600 children across the UK putting pen to paper and channelling their inner historians. The panel of judges was bowled over by the sheer variety of characters chosen – from Elizabeth I, Blackbeard the pirate and Martin Luther King, to Ötzi the Iceman, Boudicca and Samuel Pepys – as well as the artistic talent, imagination and breadth of historical knowledge.
Sadly, there could be only ten winners, whose postcards you can see below, as well as some bonus 'highly commended' entries. A huge thank you and well done to everyone who entered – your postcards brought many smiles to the whole magazine team.
Congratulations to all ten winners! All ten winning postcards will be published in the October issue of BBC History Revealed – on sale from 3 September.
Editor, BBC History Revealed
The 10 winners
The following ten winners (in no particular order) all win a framed version of their postcard, a HistoryExtra T-shirt and a water bottle!
Writing as: Mary, Queen of Scots
Judges' comments: “Captured the relationship between the two queens very well”
From: Tyne & Wear
Writing as: Anne Frank
Judges’ comments: “Great sense of atmosphere and a fantastic drawing”
Writing as: Nelson Mandela
Judges’ comments: “Moving and very inspiring”
Writing as: Charles Darwin
Judges’ comments: “We loved Darwin’s tortoise excitement!”
Writing as: Spartacus
Judges’ comments: “Loved the menacing drawing”
From: East Yorkshire
Writing as: Katherine Johnson
Judges’ comments: “Great character choice and use of imagination”
From: South Yorkshire
Writing as: Harald Hardrada
Judges’ comments: “Impressive knowledge of Viking games”
Writing as: Henry VIII
Judges’ comments: “Excellent Tudor knowledge”
Writing as: Thomas Becket
Judges’ comments: “Loved the drama and detail”
Writing as: King Arthur
Judges’ comments: “Lovely drawing. Surely every garden needs an Excalibur!”
There were so many fantastic postcards submitted that it was incredibly hard to choose the final 10 winners. Although sadly they don't qualify for a prize, check out some of our other favourite, 'highly commended' entries below...
Amelia Earhart – by Alice Hurd, 8, Essex
Boudicca – by Elizabeth Ansdell, 12, Kent
Hiawatha – by Mia Virgo-Cox, 12, South Yorkshire
Henry VIII – by Jasper Knowles, 8, Tyne & Wear
Edward III – by Max Farish, Surrey
Billy the Kid – by Rory Barry, 12, Herefordshire
Mary Shelley – by Ursula Newbould, Kent
You can also view a selection of the other fantastic entries here
The October issue of BBC History Revealed is on sale from 3 September 2020