Thanks to the IWM’s 1914-1918 Centenary Programme team for this blog which points teachers in the direction of resources and activities to help students commemorate the centenary of the 11th November armistice and more…
Since 2014, Imperial War Museums (IWM) has led the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations marking the centenary of the First World War. Together, our aim is to connect current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the conflict. 2018 is a very exciting time for schools to engage with the Centenary, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved with national and local commemorations. This post outlines some of the main ways to take part this autumn.
Any school can join the First World War Centenary Partnership and access free resources from IWM and Partners. These include archive photographs, oral histories, film clips, exhibition templates and timelines. This year, to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, we released a downloadable WomensWork100 exhibition pack including posters, photographs and archive films, to explore the work of women during the First World War. To find out more and to sign up, visit http://www.1914.org/partnership
The Partnership website hosts an events calendar showing exhibitions, performances and other events run by Partnership organisations, from large national museums to local historical societies. This is searchable by region and date, and can be used to find out what is going on in your local area. View the calendar at: http://www.1914.org/events-calendar/.
A number of Partners have created specialist resources and platforms to support education professionals. This includes the First World War Battlefield Tours Programme, whose digital hub for downloadable resources supports classroom teaching of the First World War. Developed by Equity and the UCL Institute of Education, the resources use material from archives to encourage critical thinking and engagement with the centenary.
Many Partners run projects for schools to widen understanding of the First World War beyond the experience of Europeans on the Western Front. This includes the Big Ideas Co, whose project The Unremembered explores the international Labour Corps, and HMDT Music’s project Trench Brothers, which uncovers experiences of the Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers. Visit these projects’ websites to take part.
Finally, Lives of the First World War is a unique digital memorial to the millions of men and women who experienced the conflict. It is an excellent tool for researching and sharing real First World War life stories, and the Teachers’ Hub contains themed resource packs and activity guides to get you started.
The First World War Centenary Partnership team is here to support your engagement with the Centenary this autumn. Liz, Beth and Chloe would be very happy to answer any questions on the resources mentioned here, or signpost to further activity and content. Get in touch with the team on firstname.lastname@example.org