THE GREAT WAR – BATTLEFIELDS TRIP 2016 The History department offers the fantastic opportunity for year 9 pupils to visit the Battlefields of the First World War, which always runs in March. The trip gives pupils the chance to explore various sites associated with the war ‘on the Western Front’, providing an invaluable insight into the experience of soldiers and civilians involved in one of the most significant events of modern times. The trip is run by Mrs Hart, and includes 2 nights accommodation at the Old Abbey and visits to various museums and memorial sites.
No matter how many times one goes to the Somme, Ypres or Langemark, these sights never fail to have an impact. Buried in the countless cemeteries which dot the landscape are not just the young men who died but also the values and attitudes of a distant age. To study the Great War in a classroom can only partially address the subject. It is only when one visits the cemeteries, trenches and memorials of this area that the full reality of this conflict begins to hit home. In particular the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate provides an opportunity for the students to reflect on all that they have seen and has in the past been a highlight of the trip.
An example Itinerary
- Depart school to travel to Dover in time for the 11.30 Dover – Calais crossing.
- Tyne Cot
- Langemarck German Cemetary
- Arrive at the Old Abbey. The evening meal is the first meal included in the tour.
- The Somme
- Beaumont Hamel
- Thiepval and Delville Wood
- Last Post – Ypres
- Cloth Hall Museum – In Flanders Fields
- Hill Fort 62 – Sanctuary Wood
- 16.00 Calais – Dover crossing
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