Students hands-on stories of the First World War

WW1 collections bring history to life

Memories of the First World War were shared at The Radclyffe School giving students an insight into life in both the trenches and on the home front.

The Year 9 children got to handle a unique collection of artefacts put together by history teacher-turned-presenter Jason King. Mr King uses the objects to tell the stories of a range of characters from the war. The students were keen to ask questions about what they saw to help them discover more about the characters’ lives.

The themed collections introduce the experience of a new underage recruit, women and girls’ activities on the home front, and the differences between soldiers from Britain, Germany and France. From the outbreak of war through many different experiences, the event told individuals’ stories in an engaging way. Amongst the fascinating variety of items were telegrams, postcards, propaganda posters, small armaments, helmets, musical instruments and other equipment.

As well as handling the collections, dressed in authentic soldiers’ uniforms the students got a taste of being drilled on a parade ground.

This term the students are studying the causes and the progress of the First World War. Teacher of History Amanda Jacob said, “Getting to see such a fantastic collection of items really helps to bring history to life for the students. As they ask their own questions about the items they are developing really strong skills as historians.”

14 January 2013

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