Marking the Great War Centenary

Date Posted: 26/06/2014

Ten ideas for a school trip commemorating this year’s landmark anniversary, from major exhibitions and attraction openings to living history and arena events.

1. War and Peace Revival Schools’ Day

The War and Peace Revival Schools’ Day takes place on 16th July at RAF Westenhanger. The programme includes the Living History field with its displays from 1914 to present day, and schools in Kent can get involved through the event’s War Memorials Project.

2. World at War arena event

Key Stages 1 to 3 can participate in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s World at War arena event from 7th to 11th July. A full day session comprises activities investigating the role of the Royal Navy in World Wars One and Two.

3. The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce is a new play presented by Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company, running 29th November to 31st January 2015. The story tells of the infamous football game played by opposing troops either side of No Man’s Land on Christmas Day.

4. Great War Trenches Experience

Yesterday’s World in Battle will unveil its Great War Trenches Experience this Easter. The indoor attraction will include atmospheric sounds and will reveal stories of key events including the battle of the Somme, the Third Battle of Ypres and Armistice Day.

5. Tower of London poppy installation

An installation of ceramic poppies will be unveiled at the Tower of London, remaining in place until 11am on 11th November. 888,246 poppies will be planted in the tower’s moat - one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war, and a programme of events will accompany the installation.

6. First World War Galleries at the IWM

The Imperial War Museum, London will unveil its ground-breaking First World War Galleries in July. A programme of learning sessions to accompany the new galleries will be launched in April; teachers can sign up to receive IWM’s e-news to be the first to hear more information.

7. From Street to Trench exhibition at IWM North

IWM North launches the Imperial War Museums’ first major exhibition marking the start of the WWI centenary in April. From Street to Trench: A World War That Shaped a Region runs until 31st May 2015, and explores the lives and experiences of people from England’s north-west during World War One.

8. World War One military hospital

Dunham Massey in Cheshire is turning the clock back to when it was a World War One military hospital. Pupils can spend time in the ward, recreation room and operating theatre, experiencing the Stamford Hospital as it was during World War One.

9. Medicine and conflict exhibition at the Thackray Museum

The Thackray Museum in Leeds will reveal its major exhibition in July, Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan, exploring the complex relationship between medicine and conflict and reflecting on whether recovery can ever truly be achieved. Curriculum links to KS2/3 History.

10. Regeneration on tour

A new dramatisation of Pat Barker’s WWI novel Regeneration will tour UK theatres this autumn. Set in 1917, Craiglockhart War Hospital, the story looks at the devastating effects of war, as poet and soldier Siegfried Sasson is institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of war.

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