What was it actually like in a First World War trench?
The Hill End Outdoor Centre is delighted to have received a National Lottery grant for a project to help primary school children experience what it was like to be a soldier in the First World War.
The project will allow children to visit historic practice trenches dug in Wytham Woods by Oxfordshire soldiers before they went to fight in the First World War, and gain a unique perspective on trench warfare.
As part of the experience they will re-create photographs taken during the First World War and try to cross ‘no-mans land’ between the trenches. Using uniforms and props to make the experience as authentic as possible, this will allow the children to build empathy with those sent to fight in the War. To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will also enable local schools and communities in Oxfordshire to research their own links with the soldiers who fought, and the families left behind. It will allow current generations to gather and record their thoughts, perceptions and feelings about life during the War and build a richer connection with the past in this important centenary year.
Hill End is seeking more schools to be involved in the project over the next year – we would be delighted to hear from those interested in visiting the trenches and taking part in the research.
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