First World War Centenary - Battlefield Tour

23rd October 2015

The University College London (UCL)  Institute of Education and Equity were selected to run the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme on behalf of the Department for Education and the Department for Communities and Local Government . The £5.3 million programme has been designed to provide the opportunity for two students and one teacher from every state funded secondary school in England to visit battlefields on the Western Front between 2014 and 2019. The battlefield tours are a key part of the Government's plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

 

Timothy and Titus - Diary report

We have just returned from a packed 3 day visit to the Battlefields of  Flanders and The Somme in Northern France. We were guided by a former soldier to the sites of Loos, Beaumont Hamel, Yypres ,Poperinge,Thiepval, Passchendaele, Langemark and Tyne Cot, visiting cemeteries and memorials as well as trenches and dugouts. In our minds were the questions what was life like for ordinary men and women at that time, at or near the front line, as well as the people of many nations and religions whose gravestones  we saw. We also researched the memorial of a local soldier from Clapton: Charles Yeats, a rifleman.Over the next few terms we will share with you our impressions. We will also research hundreds of questions which our visit has inspired. We were chosen from our whole group to lay a Remembrance wreath. As part of the Legacy 110 project we plan to involve you all  in a project  to find out about how our local community was affected by WWI 100 years ago. In particular we want to see the role which was played by Stormont House ,the original building on our school site, which we believe was used  as a hospital.

 

A Message from Ms Cross: I was very impressed by the excellent participation of our students and would like to thank them for their fantastic contribution to the group. All the accompanying staff said that they did us proud.