Historical Sequence

What is historical sequence? Historical events are things that happened in the past.  Sequence is the order that things happen in. So historical sequence is the order in which things happened in the past.

For example, your second birthday, the day you were born and your first day at school, all happened in the past, but what is the correct historical sequence of these events? Your second birthday happened after you were born but before your first day at school. The correct historical sequence for these events is: birth, second birthday, first day at school.

Another word for historical sequence is chronology. When people put things in the order in which they happened, or were made, they are putting them into chronological order. A timeline is a way of showing the order things happened in. A timeline can show things that happened over a few weeks or hundreds of years. 

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums have a large collection of things from the past. This web site has arranged some of the things into timelines. Arranging these things into timelines helps us to understand more about how things happened in the past and why things are the way they are today. They help us to see how things from the past are related to each other.  

For example, the money timeline shows coins and notes from the collection, in the order that they were made. Some of the coins were made more than two thousand years ago, some two hundred years ago, and some less than twenty years ago. The timeline shows how the coins and notes have changed through time, and helps to explain why those changes have happened. 

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Make a timeline of what you did yesterday, starting with getting up in the morning and ending with going to bed.

Look at the money timeline. Can you find the oldest coin? 

Look at the three images above. Try to put them in the correct historical sequence.