The Imperial War Museum has produced a new education resource to help teachers plan their lessons about conflict and remembrance. The resource also has a film intended to be used in assemblies. The Imperial War Museum has brought the realities of the First World War to life with People of the Gre More…at War: Shaping the Modern World, an innovative and thought-provoking film, and accompanying teaching resource for all teachers in the UK. The resource has been sent to every primary and secondary school in the UK in advance of the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, on Tuesday 11 November. For the first time UK students are able to look at original photographs of individuals who were killed during the war which form part of this unique educational resource. These photographs were collected as a result of an early appeal by the Museum in 1917 asking for donations from the public, including souvenirs and photographs.
This resource has been developed to help teachers and students learn about and commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The resource has been made in conjunction with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and was supported by the Minister for Veterans. The main feature of the resource is an innovative and thought-provoking film, designed to be used in school assemblies and in the classroom. It is a starting point for exploring the experience and impact of the First World War, and the ongoing importance of remembrance, and uses the Museum’s collections and archive material to do this, as well as material from the CWGC archives. All of the material used in the film, in the form of artwork, photographs, documents, letters and diaries, is available for free in an accompanying CD-Rom allowing teachers and students to explore the source material in more detail and use it for their own learning. “This resource is a new and innovative way of exploring the meaning of the First World War,” said Samantha Heywood, Director of the Their Past Your Future project at the Imperial War Museum. “By going into every school in the country we hope it will inspire students to think differently about the events and impact of the war itself, and how it is commemorated today. It also provides useful materials for teachers to enrich their teaching of this key topic, in this important anniversary year, but also for the future.” People of the Great War: Shaping the Modern World, additional learning resources and teaching ideas are available from www.iwm.org.uk/peopleofthegreatwar. Schools with any queries about the resource should contact TPYFmail@iwm.org.uk.