Key Stage 2 Learning Sessions

  • Investigating The Collections. Students explore replica and genuine artefacts from the First World War and use images and quotes to discuss themes including life in the trenches, the role of women and life on the home front.

  • Investigating The Collections. In this gallery-based activity, students gain an understanding of what soldiers experienced in the First World War trenches by looking at genuine artefacts and hearing personal stories.

  • Investigating The Collections. How do we find out what happened in the past? What do we collect and why? This session demonstrates how we learn about the past by investigating the personal stories of four local people linked to conflicts from the First and Second World Wars and the Iraq War 2003.

  • Storytelling. Genuine and replica artefacts help to tell the true story of two children living through the Second World War. Ideal for those studying evacuation and Blitz.

  • Investigating The Collections. In this gallery-based activity, students learn the basic concept of rationing and the impact it had on society by handling genuine and replica artefacts.

  • Investigating The Collections. Students explore the impact of the Second World War on people‚Äôs lives by examining artefacts and archive material linked to themes such as the Blitz, ARP, evacuation, rationing and shipping.

  • Investigating The Collections. In this gallery-based handling activity, students explore the themes of air raids, blackout and civil defence by examining genuine and replica artefacts.

  • A series of trails have been created to help your students explore IWM North. Please download the ones you would like to use, print them and bring them with you.

  • 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.

Groups and Schools

We offer a range of activities, discovery trials and self-guided tours for visiting groups and schools.

The Big Picture Show

Check the screening times of our immersive Big Picture Show, which brings to life people's experiences of war.