Remembering the First World War

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 to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

First World War soldier's uniform in museum display

© Mark McNulty

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
  • Free
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Workshop details

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.