Remembrance poetry workshop

Schoolchildren working with our First World War archive

Develop your poetic vocabulary and powers of description, taking inspiration from our First World War handling collection and archive.

Led by our poet-in-residence, this session will explore the soldier experience using a range of handling objects, soldier portraits and soldier stories from the museum’s collections. Learners will be encouraged to think about how language can be used in inventive ways to describe the unique experience of First World War soldiers in the trenches.

Poems may be finished in the session or treated as works in progress to be taken back to school for further development.

This session is 90 minutes long.

The session includes:

  • Historic photographs and documents
  • Handlings objects
  • Group discussion
  • Individual reflection
  • Guidance from poet-in-residence
  • Gallery trail (optional)

Curriculum areas:

  • History
  • English

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