World War 1 Research Visit

ww1 soldiers

GCSE History

Give your pupils an experience of real research using the resources of the History Centre to investigate the lives of local people killed during the First World War. This activity is an ideal way to inject personal and local stories into your study of this period. We have a range of source material available to help pupils uncover the everyday lives of local people caught up in a global confilct.

Pupils will use:

  • census returns to find out about their family, employment and where they lived
  • historic maps to explore the area they lived in
  • photogaphs and documents to see how soldiers were equipped
  • newspapers to find reports from the front, obituaries and local context
  • education admission registers to find out where and when they went to school

Pupils will be able to use websites including, online and paper finding aids, a range of original materials including additional sources ordered from the archives.

All visits to the History Centre include a tour of the strongroom and use of our public facilities; lockers, toilets, vending machines, area for eating lunch. There is full disabled access and a disabled toilet.

Research visits for groups of more than 8 are only available on Mondays.
Sessions Morning 9.30am - 12noon
Afternoon 12.30pm - 3.00pm

Charge £70+VAT
Maximum number 20

Please book at least 3 weeks in advance notifying us of the area you wish to study.
We recommend that students work in pairs to study one person.
Please supply the names of the individuals to be researched when booking.