National Memorial Arboretum

The conclusion of a £28 million improvement programme is expected to see the Staffordshire-based arboretum welcome a record number of visitors this year, including more school groups.

With the completion of building works, a number of events set to take place, and a host of new memorials, the National Memorial Arboretum expects to welcome more school groups this year. A visit can tie in with both the History and Geography curriculum.

Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the Arboretum, said: “The result is beautiful and welcoming buildings, set within a maturing wooded parkland featuring stunning memorials and sculptures that are helping us to engage new audiences in our common history and heritage. 

“In inspiring visitors to remember and to celebrate the service, suffering and sacrifice of others, we are keeping the flame alive for future generations.”

What to expect on a school visit 

Over 250 events, including seminars, educational talks, outdoor learning, and nationally important memorial dedications are already said to take place. 

November will see the opening of Aspects, an events pavilion which complements the recently opened Remembrance Centre, which schools can utilise on a school visit.

The central Armed Forces Memorial has also been updated and landscape and signage improvements have been carried out, making a visit more accessible.

The new memorials will ensure that almost every branch of the Armed Forces, key conflicts, and other organisations that serve the nation, are represented. 

The predicted footfall is expected to be driven in part by improved provisions and mass participation events including RAF 100, World War One Centenary Commemorations.

More for schools

School visiting can enjoy a variety of packages including tours and workshops. These range from self led visits to facilitated sessions including Explorer Days, Tree Tours and exhibition activities.

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