First World War Secondary School Research

Each academic year, local secondary schools and academies come together at Normanby Hall to research soldiers from WW1. The three-day workshop focuses on the role of Normanby Hall as a recuperation hospital for injured troops.

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Students engaging with objects

The students handle real objects from WW1 and learn how to use on-line resources to research the personal and military records of soldiers who were patients at the Hall.

One group, this year, were surprised to discover their soldier’s leg injury was likely to have been received as he tried to run away from the front line. After recovering in Normanby he then had to serve three years in military prison for cowardice.

The presentations and films demonstrated their tenacity when faced with the difficulties often faced by historic researchers.

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Students presenting their research to other schools

The students also got the opportunity to have ‘hands on’ talks by Sarah Plant, the Housekeeper at Normanby Hall and Madeleine Grout , Decorative Arts Collections Assistant. This enabled them to see first hand how history is used in the workplace.

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Students cleaning the chandeliers at Normanby Hall Country Park

The students research is helping the Museum Service to build a more detailed picture of the different soldiers who stayed at the Hall. It is also giving the students the opportunity to develop important skills for their future studies and careers.

Bev Oliver, Learning Officer

Normanby Hall WW1 Secondary School History project

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Students perform a scene for their short film

We have just completed another successful history workshop working with local secondary schools.

The three-day workshop is based at Normanby Hall and focuses on its role in WW1 as a recuperation hospital for injured troops.

During the workshop the students are taught how to use on-line resources to research the personal and military records of soldiers who were patients at the Hall.

Each school is allocated a soldier to research and creates a presentation summerising what they have discovered. They then use their research along with real and replica objects to create a short film.

Their research is helping the Museum Service to build a more detailed picture of the different soldiers who stayed at the Hall. It is giving the students the opportunity to develop important skills for their future studies.

Bev Oliver, Learning Officer

Crosby School Project

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A view of Crosby School Circa 1930

 

Crosby Primary School are about to leave their old school building and move to new premises. The North Lincolnshire Museum worked with their staff to host two evenings of memory and reminiscing.  All ex pupils and staff where invited to look at old photos, and memorabilia and meet up with other past students and teachers. The cook who was famous for her cookies, made a large batch for everyone.  Over 400 people came and the evenings were a real success. The museum staff collected memories both written and recorded. These memories will be held at the museum for people to see access in the future.

Rachel Holmes, Learning Officer