Battle of the Atlantic self-led trail

Perfect to complement a visit to the Battle of the Atlantic gallery at the Maritime Museum, this trail is suitable for key stage 2 students of all abilities.

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Workshop details

A teacher-led activity in the Battle of the Atlantic gallery, students use our trail to work their way around the gallery focussing on different elements of the story.

The trail covers the outbreak of war in 1939, the beginnings of the convoy system, life on board merchant vessels and submarines, and Liverpool's pivotal role in the battle.

As well as tying into groups studying the Second World War, this activity is also perfect for local history projects.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 - History

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • A local history study.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • Be able to place the events of the Second World War into the correct time period.
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the history of the local area.


Pupils will:

  • Gain confidence in finding answers to set questions.
  • Increase their abilities in discussing topics and themes with classmates.


Pupils will:

  • Understand the importance of Liverpool during the conflict and the impact this role had on everyone’s lives in Britain.
  • Grasp the importance of working together in the face of adversity.


Pupils will:

  • Gain empathy for people in the past.
  • Wish to find out about their own families’ wartime experiences.
  • Appreciate that the Maritime Museum is an enjoyable place to visit.