Lusitania: life, loss, legacy trail

Perfect to complement a visit to the Lusitania: life, loss, legacy exhibition at the Maritime Museum, this trail is suitable for key stage 2 students of all abilities.

The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays, except on bank holidays. Please check our opening hours, which change seasonally, on the Maritime Museum website.


Self-led visits for groups are free but must be booked in advance. Book a self-led visit to the Maritime Museum.

Workshop details

A teacher-led activity around the Lusitania: life, loss, legacy exhibition - students use our trail to guide them around the important elements of the story.

The trail explores the history of Lusitania and her links to Liverpool, the outbreak of the First World War and its impact upon ocean travel as well as the tragedy of her sinking.

This trail is suitable not only for groups studying the First World War but also 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 Lusitania into the correct time period
  • gain a greater understanding of the history of the local area
  • have more confidence in their knowledge of the details of the Lusitania story


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 shipping during the First World War
  • grasp the valuable role Liverpool played in the wider war at sea
  • increase their vocabulary and become more familiar with historical terms such as 'reparations'


Pupils will:

  • gain empathy for people in the past
  • discover that there are always two sides to every story
  • appreciate that the Maritime Museum is an enjoyable place to visit