As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund project, we can offer bespoke, free one-off workshops, volunteering opportunities or longer term project work. We are currently developing our future learning resources, using the stories of people and places that have been discovered by our fabulous volunteer researchers and newspaper indexers.
One of our workshop days has involved working with the Year 9s at St John the Baptist School, Woking. We visited the school, armed with examples of local men and women who were involved with the war effort:
- Doris Luker, who worked for the Queen Mary Army Auxiliary Corps in the canteens in North France, serving soldiers
- Marup Shah, a Muslim soldier
- Richard Willis, a Woking Victoria Cross winner
- Frederick Gibbons, a Woking soldier
- Cecil Mitchell, a 14 year old boy who served as a stretcher bearer with the British Red Cross
- Dora Champion, a British Red Cross, Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse
Pupils were given source packs and question sheets, and ask to study the primary sources to discover what information could be gleaned about each WW1 individual. In other workshops we have brought along examples of Conscientious Objectors, soldiers who suffered life-changing disabilities because of the war, deserters and absentees and foreign troops in Surrey. This variety in sources helps to promote debates and discussions about the role of women in the war and women’s rights; attitudes towards disability and mental health; pacifist movements; and the activity of foreign troops in Surrey, to name but a few. These topics all hold relevance today, and can easily fit into different subjects. We work with you, the teacher, to create the most suitable workshop that fits your requirements.
We are able to adapt our workshop offer to a variety of ages. For example, we worked with the Year 6s from Cordwalles Junior School, welcoming them to Surrey History Centre for the day. These pupils looked at local maps, exploring how the landscape and land use changed over the war years; made poppies as part of a craft activity; created a Camberley soldier’s timeline from primary sources; and looked at the records of a VAD nurse, and finding out what methods were used to treat wounded soldiers.
If you are a teacher and would like to find out more, please contact us.
Surrey in the Great War: a county remembers
130 Goldsworth Road
Surrey GU21 6ND
Email us: [email protected]
Telephone us: 01483 518238 / 518239 / 518 737