Hands-on History: The First World War

  • How heavy is a grenade?
  • What did it feel like to be a tommy?
  • What is trench art?
  • What did soldiers say to their families back home?

Your class will be able handle original objects from our collection, some of which are being allowed outside of the museum and into schools for the first time.

In addition to seeing and touching the objects, which include recruitment posters printed in Richmond, a match box with a bullet lodged inside, flying goggles and gas masks, students will also be able to hear Green Howards voices through their letters, diaries and poetry.

We will tailor the content of the session to meet your students’ specific learning needs, areas of interest or school project work relating to this important anniversary period.

This session can be delivered at your school or as part of a visit to Richmond.

This session is suitable for KS2 and 3 students.


1 hour


£45 +VAT (in school) £60+ VAT (half day in Richmond) £110+VAT (full day in Richmond)

Session Aims


    • To inspire and engage students, increasing or consolidating their knowledge by handling and discussing a selection of original World War One artefacts.

Learning Objectives:

    • All pupils will increase their knowledge and understanding of World War One.
    • All pupils will develop their historical enquiry skills by analysing historical artefacts.
    • Most students will be able to explain what it might have felt like to be a soldier during World War One.

Curriculum links:


  • KS 1: Significant events
  • KS 2 and 3: A Local History Study
  • KS 2: A study of an aspect or theme from British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS 3: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901 to the present day.