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First World War Week

First World War Week

Last updated: 4 November 2013

Family Event

26 October 2013 - 3 November 2013

This half-term bring along your little soldiers and find out how the two World Wars changed the country forever.

Visitors will get the chance to:

  • Practise drill with our WW1 Tommy
  • Find out about wounds at the Welcome Desk and be patched up by a FANY in the foyer
  • Handle objects from our Collection

Tickets are not required for this event.
Suitable for 7+
Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Erdal Atrek, Ph.D.
25 September 2013, 5.37am

I wonder how wise it is to

I wonder how wise it is to have children practice with a Tommy gun, even if it is not operational in the real sense. Surely, if, and I hope not, they need to learn how to operate a machine gun in the future, they will do so as adults. Guns are not playthings, as we all know too well. It may be more educational to show children the photo of a person whose chest or head has been ripped apart by machine gun bullets.

Simon Pinnell
1 October 2013, 2.44pm

Re; Erdal Atrek comment, 25

Re; Erdal Atrek comment, 25 September..."Tommy" is a slang English expression for a British soldier; practising drill with a WWI Tommy refers to marching etc... NOT a gun!!!

Gareth Hunt
10 October 2013, 3.32pm

Tommy confusion aside, I do

Tommy confusion aside, I do share Dr Atrek's reservations regarding children becoming over-familiar with guns (I say this as a gun owner myself). However, I would suggest that showing children as young as 7 graphic pictures of battlefield head and chest injuries might come very close to the government guideline definition of emotional abuse. I think it's possible to make the point that "War is bad" without causing unnecessary psychological trauma...

Ian Houghton
12 October 2013, 10.46am

Seriously people...I mean,

Seriously people...I mean, really?! So you never 'played' Cowboys & Indians or Soldiers as a kid! Most 7 yrs olds would find it a struggle to lift a real SMLE let alone drill with it & as for the 'wounds', most kids enjoy a bit of 'gore' ( I hardly think they're going to be re-enacting amputations)...

Simon Rosbottom
24 October 2013, 1.06pm

Well said Ian, lighten up

Well said Ian, lighten up folks. I remember those childhood games fondly. Why, I recall playing doctors and nurses with the girl next door. I got told off for taking out her appendix, talk about gore ;)

Jen craven
25 October 2013, 9.47am

I think it is vital children

I think it is vital children today appreciate what soldiers had to endure for their country during the wars. Perhaps a little more respect for those who defend us would be good. And as for the worrying about 'playing' with toy guns...I'm at a loss! Relax!

D Harris
29 October 2013, 7.40am

These events are always

These events are always fantastic, so well organised and enjoyable for both children and (grand)parents alike. Would highly recommend going if you've not been before.

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