A while back I had the pleasure of working with a group on a WW1 display and presentation along with Lynsey Anderson from the Museum staff.
The kids were really enthusiastic and asked lots of good questions, it was refreshing to see that another generation was most definitely interested in the Great War.
The day was based on a case study of Pte James Marchbank who went to war aged 14. I was able to tell the kids his life story with the aid of my photo collection and a host of great artefacts supplied by Tom Gordon of the Royal Scots Museum, it was nice to see Tom there but sadly his recently broken leg curtailed his day with us
After a busy morning’s research, we pulled together artefacts to tell young James’ story, half the team went off to prepare the exhibition case, whilst the other half stayed with me to put together a presentation for a group of parents attending in the afternoon.
Using the facts they had established from their research the kids, only 10 or 11 remember, put together a very good, concise story which they presented to the assembled group, in front of the exhibition case. It was well received as you can see below.
Learning should and can be interesting, I have no doubt that another generation is keen to learn what life in the trenches was like.
More recently I have become involved in the Digging In Project through at Pollok Park in Glasgow, an ambitious project it features two trench systems one British and one German. The idea is to open the trenches up to the public on a regular basis and for kids from all over Scotland to visit, an admirable ambition as a visit to the battlefields of France and Flanders is beyond the financial means of many families.
Whilst you can never replicate the experience of walking the ground, this is compensated for by the hands on style of Digging In. Running until the Spring of 1919, I hope you will be able to visit at some time during the Centenary.