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Remembering the First World War

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, History
  • Session type: Gallery led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool


This session uses real and replica objects from the Museum of Liverpool's handling collection combined with hands on activities to give pupils an overview of some of the experiences of local people and animals who participated in the First World War. 

This session can be booked Monday - Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1:15pm.

Further details

Girl wearing a First World War soldier's uniform at the museum

The causes of the First World War are explored during an interactive activity using national flags. 

The story of the Turner brothers who joined the Liverpool Scottish battalion is explored while examining photographs and personal objects on gallery. The significance of memorial items that were sent home to loved ones is also considered.

Photographs of local soldiers and animals who were involved in the First World War are examined along with real and replica objects in character bags. Handling objects include a stretcher used to carry the wounded from battlefields and items of uniform.

An infantryman's uniform is examined to gain an understanding of the weight that soldiers carried.

Changes in battle technology are discussed on gallery and the devastating impact of these considered.

Groups may like to combine the session with a visit to: 

  • From waterfront to Western front exhibition - Discover how the war affected not only those serving at the Front, but also the city, and the people left behind in this special exhibition.
  • The City Soldiers gallery on the first floor which tells the story of the King's Regiment - one of Britain's oldest regiments, created in 1685, and Liverpool's regiment since 1881. It is a story of full time professional soldiers and part time volunteers, family life and ceremony.  Visitors can also try on hats and helmets, listen to a soldier's own words and research their own military family history.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 - History

  • a local history study.
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 2 - English Spoken Language

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • give well structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand that the causes of the First World War were complex.
  • know more about wartime experiences of local people and animals.
  • understand the significance of memorial items sent home from battlefields.
  • understand that changes in technology resulted in increased casualties in the First World War.


  • develop observation skills by looking for clues in objects.
  • improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context.
  • learn to give reasoned answers backed up by evidence.
  • engage critically with evidence including photographs and handling objects.


  • the importance of artefacts as clues to the past that help tell stories.
  • the reasons why the Museum of Liverpool has a handling collection.
  • the First World War had a global impact.


  • be inspired to visit the First World War exhibitions and the rest of the Museum of Liverpool.
  • see the Museum of Liverpool as an interesting place to visit.