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Join us for a hands on 1916 learning experience

IRISH MILITARY WAR MUSEUM

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Join us for a hands on 1916 learning experience 

We know that history needs to come to life when teaching kids. That’s why we tailor our School Tours for your specific needs.

Want to learn about WWI or WWII? Would our special 1916 exhibition benefit your class? With our philosophy of hands-on learning, we let pupils interact with original war artefacts. It makes learning so much more fun!

We take the needs to the curriculum into full account when creating our school experiences.

Get our school tour Gold Package for €19.16 per head, which includes:

  • Full guided tour of the museum, including a section dedicated to 1916 and a focus on WWI & WWII
  • A visit to a replica WWI trench in the grounds of the museum
  • A spin in a military tank
  • Weapons display (blank firing) with original period rifles
  • The chance to handle original weapons (deactivated and perfectly safe) and equipment
  • Access to our playground and animal farm

Contact us to find out more.

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Places to visit in Somme

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Back in October of 2011, we took a trip to Somme and stayed at the Avril Williams Guest House, situated perfectly in the heart of Somme. This basement of this house survived the battles, so it is a very interesting an emotive place to stay.

All places of interest are accessible on foot or just a short drive away, and there are also some attention-grabbing historical features within the Guest House itself.

There is an original Great War trench at the back of Avril Williams’ property that has been carefully restored and maintained. Artifacts from the site are also on display in the Tea Rooms. That added something really special to our stay and was a poignant visit.

Also situated under the Guest House is a basement, which is the only surviving basement in Somme. Upon its restoration, it was found to contain artifacts that pieced together the history of the area.

Among the various historical places of interest we visited were:

  • Sunken Road – An area that was in No Man’s Land on July 1st 1916
  • Ulster Tower – A memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division, opened on November 19th 1921
  • Newfoundland Park – A memorial to commemorate the Dominion of Newfoundland forces members killed during World War I.
  • Thiepval Monument – A memorial for the Missing of the Somme, commemorating over 72,000 missing British and South African men who died in the Battles of the Somme between 1915 and 1918
  • The Tommy Café – A bar and cafe with a lot First World War artifacts on display, and a life-size trench.
  • Guillemont – The village that became a battle ground in September 1918

If you are planning a visit to Somme, then please do be careful. Walking around battlegrounds can be dangerous. Do not pick up any shells or debris, as there could be live hand grenades lying around.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Avril Williams and our trip was a live learning experience. You can’t beat visiting a place like this for an educational tour that will capture your interest.

For images from our trip to Somme, head over to our Facebook page.

The War and Peace Show – Kent, UK, July 2011

The War and Peace Show, 2011

A group of us attended the War and Peace Show at the Hop Farm in Kent back in 2011. It is a spectacular five-day-long show with a vast array on offer (and we were lucky with the weather!).

The show mainly covers both World War I and World War II, but also includes most wars to the modern day, and there was so much to be taken from the 250 acres on offer.

Among the events on offer were exhibitions, vehicles, displays, battles and stalls selling all kinds of memorabilia.

The WWI exhibitions were probably among the best I’ve seen, they were really well executed. There were specially dug trenches on display which made the whole experience so much more realistic.

I’d say around 50% of the WWII offerings were vehicle led, which was a great spectacle. The vehicles were so well looked after and really conjured up images of how they were used in the war.

The whole five days was what I would call a living history week – the history came to life. During the show we could see how equipment worked, how trenches were made and how those in battle cooked. The battles recreations were awesome too!

I took away the idea of living history from the War and Peace Show. The “hands-on” approach to history is a great source of education for those who perhaps find classroom learning a little less interesting.

I always say: “Learn by having fun, and have fun learning”. We certainly all did that week.