Thomas Bates was a minor protagonist in the Gunpowder Plot and as such, has a small footnote in English History. You can, however keep up to date with his activities by following him on Twitter (he is @tombatesesq). Further more, by simply going to Twitter and entering the following search term, including the hash, you can discover what all the characters in the plot are up to: #gtp2010.
You have probably guessed that I am tweeting as Thomas Bates and various other teachers, classes and interested parties are adopting the names of the other players. The idea is that the individuals tweet significant events and developments in the plot in real time on the same date as the actual events over 400 years ago. In this way, children are encouraged to engage and learn about the plot as it develops rather than as a single "event" in history.
So, today, 1st November, we learn that in 1605, Earl Salisabury, after much prevarication, showed James I an anonymous letter warning of the plot. My Master, Robert Catesby, believes that Thomas Tresham is the author of the letter and will confront him about it. I believe that Sir Thomas will try to persuade Robert to abandon the plot? How should I advise my Master?
Chris Leach, a teacher from Northamptonshire set up this project a year ago and it has been hailed as a great example of how new technology can be used to enhance children's learning. Enjoy following the plot as the drama unfolds!