Museum visit brings horrors of war to life

Year 9 Richmond School and Sixth Form College students examine WWI memorabilia at the Green Howards Museum. They are Katie Wood from Melsonby, Ben Cherry from Hartforth and Courtney Pearson, from Scorton.
Year 9 Richmond School and Sixth Form College students examine WWI memorabilia at the Green Howards Museum. They are Katie Wood from Melsonby, Ben Cherry from Hartforth and Courtney Pearson, from Scorton.

A chilling insight into the impact of war has been given to students using memorabilia from a military museum.

Year 9 Richmond School and Sixth Form College students were able to examine bullet strafed helmets and authentic Mills bombs in a project designed to bring history to life.

Green Howards Museum education officer Carl Watts conducted nine sessions to a total of 240 children studying the First World War.

History teacher Sophia Mawer said: “The Great War has sparked a lot of interest among students and seeing the genuine artefacts has been amazing at bringing to life what they have learnt in the classroom. It will be interesting to see if the exercise prompts any real-life stories from their families and how their great grandparents endured the war.”

Mr Watts said: “We are delighted to share our knowledge of the war and the uniforms and munitions certainly captured their attention.

“They have been enthralled by what they have heard and I hope this inspires them to learn even more.”