Key Stage 1 Learning Sessions

  • Genuine and replica artefacts, sounds and smells help to tell the story of Flossie and Frank, two children living through the Second World War. One is evacuated; the other has to live with the Blitz.

  • Hear the stories of two Indian brothers, Abdul and Ali, and their different experiences as soldiers on the Western Front in France and in Mesopotamia during the First World War.

  • This interactive storytelling session incorporates puppets and photographs to explain the roles played by animals during times of war, including Rip, a dog that helped find people trapped after bombing raids in the Second World War.

  • This multi-sensory session uses a range of visual materials, sounds, smells and replica objects to tell the captivating story of Billy, a charming rag doll character, evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War.

  • In this Living History Workshop, students are introduced to a costumed character Violet – a woman living through the First World War. Pupils examine artefacts and photographs as inspiration to create a postcard as if they are writing from the trenches.

  • Explore displays on First and Second World War themes such as the Blitz, evacuation, life on the home front, rationing and trench warfare. Studies of the inter-war period and modern conflict as well as cross-curricular subjects can also be enriched by a visit.

  • How can museum collections show us what happened in the past? These sessions are designed to show teachers how we can learn about history by exploring source material and personal stories.

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