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History

First World War - Life above the Trenches

Year group - Year 1 to Year 6

This workshop focuses on an aspect of British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge - the First World War and life of a pilot. Looking at the role of First World War aircraft, and their pilots, pupils will use a range of sources and museum artefacts, including uniform, to develop their depth of knowledge and inspire curiosity.  This understanding of life as a pilot will help pupils appreciate the risks faced with early flight and the changing nature of warfare.

 Key features of this workshop:

  • Handling original artefacts
  • Option to try on replica flying clothing
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience - students work in the War in the Air hangar
  • Telling the story of the RAF

National Curriculum links:

  • KS1 - significant historical events.
  • KS2 - an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration:  Approximately 1 hour
Cost:  £35

Class size : Up to 20 learners per session

 

Second World War - Artefact Handling

Year group - Year 1 to Year 12

Pupils will use a range of sources and museum artefacts, including original RAF uniform, to develop their depth of knowledge and inspire curiosity. Each student will be allocated an original or replica artefact to explore and interpret. This hands-on experience of artefacts from the Home Front and the RAF will help pupils understand some of the complexities of life in Britain during World War Two.

Key features of this workshop:

  • Handling original artefacts
  • Option to try on original RAF uniform
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience - students will experience a mock air raid
  • Telling the story of the RAF

 National Curriculum links:

  • KS1 - significant historical events.
  • KS2 - an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration:  Approximately 30 minutes
Cost:  £30

Class size : Up to 38 learners per session

 

Second World War - Battle of Britain

Year group - Year 1 to Year 12

This workshop focuses on an aspect of British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge - the Battle of Britain. Learners discover the role of the fighter pilot, learn about the Dowding System & RADAR, and uncover aspects of civilian life in 1940. Pupils will use a range of sources and museum artefacts, including original RAF uniform, to develop their depth of knowledge and inspire curiosity. This workshop will help students to understand the importance of the Battle of Britain as a key turning point in history.

Key features of this workshop:

  • Handling original artefacts
  • Option to try on original RAF uniform
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience - students will experience a mock air raid
  • Telling the story of the RAF

 National Curriculum links:

  • KS1 - significant historical events.
  • KS2 - an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration:  Approximately 1 hour
Cost:  £60

Class size : Up to 38 learners per session

 

Second World War - Hands On Discovery Cases

Year group - Year 1 to Year 7

This workshop uses a range of unique and unusual items relating to the museum’s Second World War Aircraft collection. Working in groups, learners unravel and creatively interpret the stories of the aircraft, and share their findings with the class, creating pieces  of work which can be extended back at school. The workshop takes place in the inspirational atmosphere of the War in the Air Hangar.  The Discovery Cases help develop historical source skills, interpretation, and creative skills.

Key features of this workshop: 
  • Handling original artefacts
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience - students work in the War in the Air hangar
  • Telling the story of the RAF 

National Curriculum links:

  • KS1 - significant historical events.
  • KS2 - an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.
Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration: Approximately 1 hour per workshop
Cost:  £60
Class size : Up to 30 learners per session

  

Second World War - Spirit of the Blitz

Year group - Year 1 to Year 12

This workshop focuses on an aspect of British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge - the Blitz and life on the Home Front. Learners gain an understanding of life for children during World War II by discovering the role of the ARP warden, experiencing an mock air raid, and much more. Pupils will use a range of sources and museum artefacts, including original RAF uniform, to develop their depth of knowledge and inspire curiosity. This first-hand experience of life led in the shadow of the Blitz will help pupils understand some of the complexities of life in Britain during this time.

Key features of this workshop:

  • Handling original artefacts
  • Option to try on original RAF uniform
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience - students will experience a mock air raid
  • Telling the story of the RAF

 

National Curriculum links:

  • KS1 - significant historical events.
  • KS2 - an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

 

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration:  Approximately 1 hour
Cost:  £60

Class size : Up to 38 learners per session

 

Second World War - Wartime Memories

Year group - Year 2 to Year 12

Option 1: A session delivered by our own volunteers who will talk about their experience of WW2. Subject to limited availability.

Option 2: A media session, using film footage of our volunteers talking about their experience of WW2. Coming soon.

 Key features of this workshop:

  • Student enquiry. Opportunity to ask questions to a primary source.

 National Curriculum links:

  • KS1 - significant historical events.
  • KS2 - an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Cost: £1 per learner

 

Cold War: Artefact Handling

Year group - Year 7 to Year 12

Pupils will use a range of original RAF uniform and flying equipment to develop their knowledge of changing technology in aerial warfare, from First World War through to current day. This interactive workshop allows students to handle and try on the range of equipment available, gaining an understanding of the impact of war on technological development.

Key features of this workshop:

  • Handling original artefacts
  • Option to try on original RAF uniform
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience
  • Telling the story of the RAF

 National Curriculum links:

  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration:  Approximately 30 minutes
Cost:  £30

Class size : Up to 30 learners per session

 

Cold War: Protect and Survive

Year group - Year 7 to Year 12

This workshop is a practical lesson based on the government leaflet, Protect and Survive, which was sent out to all households in the UK in response to the perceived threat of nuclear attacks during the Cold War.

Learners will look at the government recommended precautions and also try on some of the equipment issued to the RAF. Wearing a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) suit, they will be asked to complete a mini task which will help them understand the difficulties of working whilst dressed in this protective clothing. Students will understand the impact of nuclear weapons and have the opportunity to discuss long term effects. This workshop will provide an overarching understanding of living under the threat of nuclear war.

Key features of this workshop:

  • Handling original artefacts
  • Option to try on original RAF uniform
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience
  • Practical, team work activities
  • Telling the story of the RAF

National Curriculum links:

  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Cost: £30

Class size : Up to 20 learners per session

  

Cold War: Wartime Memories

Year group - Year 7 to Year 12

Option 1: A session delivered by our own volunteers who will talk about their experience of the Cold War. Subject to limited availability.

Option 2: A media session, using film footage of our volunteers talking about their experience of the Cold War. Coming soon.

 Key features of this workshop:

  • Student enquiry. Opportunity to ask questions to a primary source.

 National Curriculum links:

  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Cost: £1 per learner

 

Flying Equipment Through the Ages: Artefact Handling

Year group - Year 3 to Year 12

Pupils will use a range of original RAF uniform and flying equipment to develop their knowledge of changing technology in aerial warfare, from First World War through to current day. This interactive workshop allows students to handle and try on the range of equipment available, gaining an understanding of the impact of war on technological development.

Key features of this workshop:

  • Handling original artefacts
  • Option to try on original RAF uniform
  • Student enquiry
  • Multi-sensory experience
  • Telling the story of the RAF

 National Curriculum links:

  • KS2 - an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS3 - challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Activity type: Led by museum staff
Duration:  Approximately 30 minutes
Cost:  £30

Class size : Up to 30 learners per session