The National Army Museum offers a wide selection of interactive, curriculum-linked workshops taught by their own facilitators onsite at the Museum or online. A huge set of history resources is available, all related to British history, all freely available.
“The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. We examine the Army’s role from the British Civil Wars to the modern day. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. We explore the role of the Army and its relevance today.” It offers a fun, interactive space for all the family. “Our engaging museum experience reaches out to all. We want to connect the British public with its army, regardless of age, gender, race and religion.”
To hear about all of the latest news and offerings it is a good idea to sign up for their monthly newsletter, that also gives you access to the lists of workshops. Some workshops are paid-for events, but the virtual ones are free with “Florence and Mary”:
“Discover the historic contributions of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and why they have been remembered (or not) over time. Using our extensive handling collection of artefacts, learners explore how the work of these two significant women affected the health and welfare of soldiers during the Crimean War. Through exploration of our artefacts, learners will understand how Mary Seacole used herbal medicines to treat soldiers, how nurses cared for soldiers of the Crimean War, the importance of comfort and cleanliness, and how Florence Nightingale changed the role of nursing in hospitals.”
London in the Second World War: The Blitz (virtual):
“Explore historic artefacts to discover more about the London Blitz and the people who worked to keep civilians safe.
Are you a history detective?
In this virtual session, learners will find out about the London Blitz and how the site on which the National Army Museum stands was affected by it. There will the opportunity to look at artefacts related to the people of the Blitz and the work they carried out to keep civilians safe.
The session provides:
- Introductory video (pre-filmed by Museum facilitator)
- Handling object demonstration video (pre-filmed by Museum facilitator)
- Virtual classroom (live link with Museum facilitator)
- Digital resource pack”
They all sound really useful! The site is well worth exploring if you are covering any British history.