Citizenship: Remembrance. All faiths and none

Investigating the ways in which sacrifice and loss during conflict is commemorated both nationally and individually.

STUDENTS WILL
• Use historical sources to discuss the nature of Remembrance on a national scale
• Use case studies of personal sacrifice to learn how families and communities remember those who fall during war
• Debate controversies in relation to Remembrance
• Using Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstones as a tool, investigate the role of faith and no faith in remembering those who died in conflict.

Using items from the museum’s collection, such as Field Marshall Haig’s original poppy, we will explore the symbols and ceremonies associated with the modern definition of Remembrance. We will explore how Armistice Day evolved from a day of celebration to one of reflection. Through a study of war cemetery headstones we will discuss why the designs of architects and sculptors have influenced the way we remember those lost in conflict.

Resources involved: Haig’s poppy, Dead man’s penny, posthumous medals, family remembrance books; newspaper obits and poetry; CWGC headstones and cemetery records

OUTCOMES
• Develop an understanding of the meaning of the symbols, sounds and objects associated with Remembrance
• Expand their understanding of why it is important to remember those who have died as a consequence of conflict
• Have appreciation that how we mark the end of conflict can change over time
• Understand the breadth of backgrounds and values of those who served from across the British Empire
• Broaden their knowledge and understanding of how Britain has been influenced by the wider world