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

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
History, 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

Discover the stories of lives shaped by war and conflict from 1914 until the present day. Step into the iconic atrium, explore the brand new Second World War Galleries and experience our new learning facilities.
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.