ML02 – Part Day
As a former military establishment, at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life it is easy to glimpse the impact of war for both the military and civilian populations of Lincoln. We ponder questions such as; How would recruits prepare for war? What role did Lincoln’s industry play? What happened to those who refused to fight? What changes in technology (in particular transport) were caused by the war? How would young people have been affected by the war?
Being set within the military barracks, the focus upon aspects of the two World Wars is particularly interesting! Lincoln is also the home of the tank (the gallery contains an original and rare Mark 4). As well as touring the collections we also consider how civilians in Lincolnshire were affected by the war and review the primary sources to delve deeper into the history of the time.
Workshop options to choose from are:
- Tour: WW1 themed museum tour exploring the collection and war related theme. How did the industry of Lincoln contribute to the war effort? Consider the role that industry and technology played during the war. How did technology change the course of the war and how did the war lead to innovation? The pupils get to visit a reconstruction of a World War One trench and see real vehicles from the war including a tank, a tractor built to transport the artillery and a railway engine that was used in an armaments factory.
- Recruitment: Consider how soldiers were recruited for the war and what medical checks they underwent. Explore examples of volunteering, conscription and people who objected to fighting. The children get the opportunity to drill in the parade ground like real World War One recruits (luckily we also have a genuine Drill Hall if it rains!)
In development for Autumn 2018
- Objectors: Case study (for ages 11+): This session explores the reasons that conscientious objectors or ‘conchies’ had for not wanting to join the army via role play, interpretation and discussion
- Suffrage: WW1 workshop and activities linked to the suffrage movement.