Mission accomplished? Comparing First World War battles

School children examining First World War weaponry

Investigate four key battles through primary sources and decide whether they can be considered victories or defeats.

Is one person's victory another's defeat? 

Using our extensive handling collection of artefacts, learners explore how technical and strategic innovations developed during the First World War, especially focusing on the Somme, Gallipoli, Jerusalem and Cambrai.

Through analysing sources and interpreting historic documents, learners can understand the challenges and dangers faced by everyday soldiers, as well as the diversity of environments fought in, and backgrounds of the soldiers fighting.  

This unique workshop provides learners with the opportunity to use primary evidence to construct and present a convincing historical argument to peers.

This session is 60 minutes long.

The session includes:

  • Handling objects (including weaponry)
  • Archival materials 
  • Historic images
  • Group presentation
  • Group working and curation task
  • Peer-to-peer learning 
  • Gallery visit and related trails (optional)

Curriculum areas:

  • History

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"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."