• Trenches
  • Age 9 to 11 (KS2)
  • Age 11 to 14 (KS3)
  • Age 14-16 (KS4)

What was it like to fight in the trenches?
From service in the front line, to artillery bombardments and underground warfare, trenches provided a very efficient way for soldiers to protect themselves against heavy firepower.

We have created resources based on real Life Stories, researched through our project Lives of the First World War.

Step 1: Browse the six personal stories of individuals who were directly affected

Step 2: Download individual PowerPoints containing historical sources

Step 3: Try our Suggested Activities




  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present - KS3/4.  
  • Warfare and British society, c1250-Present - GCSE.
  • To explore personal stories of fighting in the trenches during the First World War. 

These resources were created with the kind support of The Charles Skey Charitable Trust

Explore further

Adventures in History: Trench Tales - Part One
Home Learning

Trench Tales - Part One

Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us reveal fascinating personal stories from the First World War, from the trenches to the home front. 


A party of British soldiers being lead out of a sap
©IWM (Q 5100)
Classroom Resource

Living in the Trenches

Use these sources to learn about some of the challenges faced by people serving in different parts of the world.