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First World War Learning Resources

We will be working on a series of learning resources based on our First World War collections. The first of these – an image resource packed with photographs of life in Suffolk during the First World War – can be downloaded below.

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Photographs of Suffolk in the First World War

K997/30/16 French ward, Ampton Hall Red Cross hospital, Suffolk 18 December 1917

K997/30/16 French ward, Ampton Hall Red Cross hospital, Suffolk 18 December 1917

This image resource is for any age group studying the First World War. The resource consists of a PowerPoint containing over 30 historic photographs which show the effects of the First World War on the Suffolk ‘Home Front’. The resource is fully editable, so you can use the images most relevant to what your class are studying.

The topics covered by this resource are:

  • Military training in Suffolk
  • Soldiers off-duty
  • Soldiers from different countries
  • The importance of horses
  • Zeppelin raids
  • Hospitals
  • Prisoners of War
  • New technology
  • War memorials

Download the free resource  here

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Children close to the tank in the Abbey gardens at Bury St Edmunds after the war (K997/74/4)

Top Secret: First World War Tank Trials in West Suffolk

This pack could be used with students from Key Stage 2 onwards. It includes photographs of the site in West Suffolk used for top secret testing of the new weapon the British military hoped would break the deadlock on the Western Front – tanks.

You could use this resource to link local events with international events, and to investigate the development of technology during the First World War.

Download the free resource here

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Poster for Remembrance Day, 11 November. Undated, but between 1919 and 1944. (FL595/13/1)

Remembrance of the First World War in Suffolk

This pack could be used with students from Key Stage 2 onwards. It includes background information about the Armistice, Peace Day celebrations and the origins of First World War memorials in Suffolk. You will find photographs and documents which record the way people at home responded to the end of the war, how they celebrated peace and how they chose to commemorate those who were lost. The resource consists of a PowerPoint which you can edit to tailor it to your students.

Download the free resource here

How to build a war memorial

This resource has been designed for Key Stage 2 pupils. You can use this resource on its own or alongside our ‘Remembrance of the First World War in Suffolk’ resource. The resource consists of a PowerPoint which you can edit to tailor it to your students.

You could spend just a few minutes on it, or use it for a complete lesson exploring how war memorials get built. You could use it as part of a First World War study, and compare the example given here to your own local war memorial. You could also use it as part of Citizenship, to think about how communities make collective decisions.

Download the free resource here


 

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First World War Letters by George and Albert Stopher

This resource has been designed for Key Stage 2 pupils. The pack includes background information about two Suffolk soldiers, George and Albert Stopher, and examples of the letters they exchanged with their family during the First World War.

This pack can be used as part of a First World War history project and/or a local history topic. It can also be used as part of a creative writing task or as inspiration for art projects.

Download the free resource here