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For Kids

An interesting fact about England can be found in Britannica Library. In 1607 England settled its first colony in what would later become the United States. Over the next 300 years, England established a huge worldwide empire of colonies. England grew wealthy from trading in tobacco from the Americas, slaves from Africa and spices from India. Jamaica is currently seeking billions in compensation from Britain over the slave trade.

Beth - The Story of a Child Convict, is an incredibly moving tale inspired by the experiences of Elizabeth Hayward, the youngest female convict on the First Fleet. Author & Illustrator Mark Wilson's beautifully crafted and evocative artwork, and truly fascinating account of Elizabeth Hayward's life, transports us back in time to share her experiences of convict life during the Australian Colonial era, Indigenous culture and the impact of white settlement on the Indigenous population. Beth - The Story of a Child Convict is available to view and listen to on Story Box Library

The  Sword in the Stone by T. H. White, read by Neville Jason is a classic English tale about King Arthur's childhood and path to the throne, including his years under the guidance of the magician Merlin. Listen to this exciting and imaginative adventure filled Audiobook with colourful characters and plenty of magic on Hoopla.


For the Adults:


  • Learning a new language isn’t easy but with intelligent algorithms and native-speaker audio, Mango Languages can help you to start a conversation in English with confidence. You can access Mango Languages using your Burwood Library membership number 


  • 1945 was a pivotal year in British history. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews, to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today. Spirit of 45 is available to view on Beamafilm 


  • The Beatles in their feature film debut, A Hard Day’s Night, is one of the greatest rock-and-roll comedy adventures ever. The film has a fully restored negative and a digitally-restored soundtrack and also features in the Criterion Collection. With a just-left-of-reality style of mock-documentary, the film follows "a day in the life" of John, Paul, George, and Ringo as fame takes them by storm. A Hard Day’s Night is available to view on Beamafilm 


  • A United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. The attraction was immediate: she was captivated by his vision for a better world, he was struck by her willingness to embrace it. You can watch A United Kingdom on Beamafilm 


  • Near the turn of the sixteenth century, England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy and civil war. Henry Tudor clambered to the top of the heap, a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who managed to win the throne and stay on it for twenty-four years. This is a fresh look at the endlessly fascinating Tudors - the dramatic and overlooked story of Henry VII and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty - filled with spies, plots, counter-plots, and an uneasy royal succession to Henry VIII. The AudioBook of Winter King - The Dawn of Tudor England is available on the Overdrive/Libby app.


  • If you have a lot of time on your hands and are interested in learning more about your ancestors from England (or anywhere else), The Essential Guide to Family History magazine available on Overdrive/Libby app is a great step by step guide to plan your search.


  • Lonely Planet England is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Seek out a guide to lead you through the Tower of London, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, or sit back in a centuries-old pub with a traditional beer; all with your trusted travel companion. The Lonely Planet England eBook is available on BorrowBox. 


  • This celebration of the English countryside doesn’t only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors (including Bill Bryson, Michael Palin and Eric Clapton) bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal boats, and from village cricket to nimbies. Icons of England is available as an eBook on Indyreads