What is the postcards from the past competition?
BBC History Revealed magazine is asking children aged 6–13 to choose a historical figure and write a short postcard from the perspective of that person, imagining that they are stuck in a historical lockdown.
We’re posting a selection of entries on this page throughout the competition – so keep checking back to see if you’ve been featured!
We’ll also share examples on our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to share your creation on social media yourself, make sure you include the hashtag #pastpostcards so we can see it!
The closing date for the competition is 1 July 2020
After that date, a panel of judges will choose 10 winners whose creations will be published in a future issue of BBC History Revealed.
Click on the top right corner of each entry to expand or open gallery view!
(Please note that we may not be able to publish every entry submitted. Last updated 25 June 2020)
Neil Armstrong – William, 8, Essex
It’s Neil Armstrong. I’m really annoyed that i don’t get to go on the moon yet. I am also slightly relieved as I hear take-off is very intense. Hopefully, when this pandemic is all finished, me, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins can blast off to the moon. From Neil A | William, 8, Essex
Tutankhamun – Teddy, 7, Essex
I am so sick of this lockdown! We have just moved to Thebes and I have had no time to explore this beautiful city. Luckily, the palace has plenty of goat and ox for us to eat, but I am bored, bored BORED! But maybe I can get someone to play mehen with me. Love from Tutankhamun | By Teddy, 7, Essex
Alfred the Great – Ruma, 12, England
Dear Æthelflæd my lovely daughter. I hope you are well in Mercia. Here in Wessex we are all well and coping. It is rather nice to get away from the Danes. I have been able to use this time getting my army stronger and more skilful for the battles that lie ahead after lockdown. Yours sincerely, King Alfred | By Ruma, 12, England
Florence Nightingale – Noah, 6, West Yorkshire
I am working very hard with my nurses to keep hospitals clean and help people get better from coronavirus. Thank you for clapping for us! Florence Nightingale | By Noah, 6, West Yorkshire
Alexander Fleming – Niamh, 12, Kent
I am keeping safe here in London. I continue to work with Sir Almroth Wright, but have been pulled away from my research on the flu virus to concentrate full time on finding a vaccine for Covid-19. This has meant long hours in the labs at St Mary’s, with little time to sleep, but I am keen to do all I can whilst the death rate continues to rise. We have had to re-organise the lab to keep socially distanced, and PPE has at times been difficult to come by. My colleague Amalia has been stuck in Greece and unable to return to work as she awaits a flight back to the UK. Take care, look after each other. Alexander Fleming | By Niamh, 12, Kent
Cleopatra – Indira, 11, Kent
I cannot be paraded in the streets! Octavius will not win this battle, because after sending off my children , I shall… Oh. Word from Rome has come – we have to isolate! I shall pray to Thoth, god of wisdom. All Egyptians shall pray to Ra and Thoth. I can’t isolate! Please let me isolate with Antony, my … love? I have time to plan, as mass gatherings are cancelled. I know! I shall give my life not to embarrass my legacy| By Indira, 11, Kent
Rani Lakshmibai – Gayathri, 7, Essex
I am Queen Laxmibai of Jhansi (India). Since Britain has invaded my land, I have been training women to ride and fight. The lockdown has given me more time to practice my skills. Unlike most women of my time, I spend lots of time reading and writing. I’m worried that our food supplies will run out and we will be too weak to fight. Whatever happens, I will not give up my Jhansi. Love Queen Laxmibai, 1857 | Gayathri, 7, Essex
Francis Drake – Gus, 10, Shropshire
Lockdown is getting so annoying now. I am dying to see my ship and crew, and it will be very different when we are all back together. It’s really hard getting hold of food at the moment and I am losing money rapidly. But because I am rich it does not make a difference. Love Captain Drake | Gus, 10, Shropshire
Napoleon – Florence, 11, Gloucestershire
Since being put into lockdown I have been missing my dearest Josephine. Looking on the up side, no countries can invade France so I am having a lovely break from fighting. From Boney | By Florence, 11, Gloucestershire
Howard Carter – Ethan, 7, Essex
I have two children. They help me dig for things because I am an archaeologist, but I cannot go out to dig anymore. I need to dig, thats my hobby. That’s why I love to dig. Howard Carter | By Ethan, 7, Essex
Robert Burns – Darcy, 11, Glasgow
I am quite enjoying quarantine. It is giving me more time to write my poetry. I have been taking Luath my dog on our daily walk, as my one exercise a day. Today on our walk I saw a beautiful red rose and a beastie of a mouse. Although I am looking forward for this to finish because I would like to sing my new song (Auld Lang Syne), as a rejoice to this time. I look forward to writing more poems and seeing everyone. Robert Burns | By Darcy, 11, Glasgow
Elizabeth I – Amelia, 12, Devon
My country is currently in lockdown. All the scientists and doctors are working hard to find a cure and keep everyone safe. Since this state, I have not been able to get any belladonna to put in my eyes. However, for some unknown reason, I can read what I am writing to you a lot better than I could read the letters I was writing to people before lockdown. I hope to visit soon. Your sincerely, your queen Elizabeth
Albert Einstein – Emmi, 12, Tyne & Wear
Dearest Hans Albert, Hope all is well during these times and I hope Freda and the children are doing good. I am missing you all terribly but I am using this time wisely to study. My home is quiet, so plenty of time to concentrate and complete my theory of relativity and the energy equivalence formula. Take care, love dad! Albert Einstein x | By Emmi, 12, Tyne & Wear
Henry VIII – by Noah, 9, Suffolk
My name is Henry VIII. I am living in lockdown in Windsor Castle. I am loving the chance to eat lots of banquets. My favourite is minced meat pies. I think I hare is the best but pigeon, rabbit and pork are good too! I go for a daily walk around the castle grounds, but I don’t like exercising. I prefer sitting on my throne and watching my servants win sporting events for me. I’m getting annoyed with my wife, Anne Boleyn. I’ve heard that she’s been spotted with another man. I think the best thing to do is behead her. It’s a bit sad but I’m sure I will find another wife. I may even start planning another wedding. There’s a lady called Jane Seymour. I wonder if she likes me? Mind you, weddings are banned at the moment, but I’m sure that rule doesn’t count for the king! Your king, Henry VIII| by Noah, 9, Suffolk
Martin Luther King Jr – by Gabriel, 12, Manchester
I am currently in lockdown in my birth town of Atlanta, Georgia. I want to help a lady called Rosa Parks. Her story has inspired me – she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on the bus. It is going to change everything. How can we peacefully protest but at social distance? It will be difficult but I am determined. I have a dream. Yours faithfully, Martin Luther King | By Gabriel, 12, Manchester
Thomas Becket – by Emilia, 8, Cheshire