Tuesday 9 June 2020
  • Trenches
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

What can you uncover by looking at a photograph?

Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us reveal fascinating stories that the objects in our museums hold. Discover personal stories from the First World War, from the trenches to the home front. 

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Trench Tales: Part One

Trench Tales: Part One

Part of the Adventures in History series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020.  

Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives

  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present.   

  • GCSE - Warfare and British society, c1250-Present.      

  • To explore the experiences of soldiers on the front line during the First World War. 

Brilliant Biscuits

Brilliant Biscuits

Your mission is to go back in time to 1914 Australia and New Zealand and bake a First World War recipe.

What do you think it would be like to receive these homemade biscuits when you’re a long way from home?

Watch the mission briefing

More on life in the trenches

An officer of the 9th Battalion, the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) leads the way out of a sap during the spring battles of 1917.
IWM Q 5100

More on life in the trenches

Find out more life in the trenches by examining objects from IWM's collections, from a shovel to a special helmet. 



Explore Further

Adventures in History: Trench Tales - Part Two graphic
Trench Tales - Part Two
Discover the story of the nine year old with a plan, a soldier who shared his experiences with his parents and a young woman who was proud to do her bit for the war effort. 
Poster image for episode of Adventures in History: Carers Part One
Media Studies
Carers - Part One
Discover how people cared for the wounded in the First World War, how they used their skills and resourcefulness to make sure the injured were cared for.

Book A Visit to IWM

IWM London Exterior shot
IWM London
School visits to IWM London
Bookings are now open for September to December 2021. We’re excited to be welcoming schools back to IWM. To keep us all safe we’re limiting bookings to three groups per day.
IWM North landscape view
IWM North
School visits to IWM North
Purpose-built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award-winning immersive experience.
IWM Duxford Showcase
IWM Duxford
School visits to IWM Duxford
Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford. See aircraft take to the skies from the airfield that Spitfires first flew. And get up close to over a century of aviation with hundreds of aircraft and objects on display.