History students investigate First World War

STUDENTS experienced a valuable history lesson thanks to a trip to the Imperial War Museum.

More than 40 AS Level historians were given the opportunity to handle grenades, learn about medical care during the First World War and discover more about trench warfare.

“If we have the opportunity to get out and see something on a field trip that relates to what we are doing in class then we always look to do so,” said Humanities Tutor Oliver Lister.

“This trip helped them to grasp some understanding of the conditions for the soldiers during the war. These kinds of experiences engage students more and encourage them to ask more questions.”

The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day.

It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience’.

Oliver said it was vital that young people did learn about the war.

“With the First World War we are just about passing out of living memory,” he said. “Therefore when we study it we are keeping the memories alive.”

Next year Priestley College is offering two options for history at AS and A Level. One option will focus on Persecution and the other on Conflict.

Good results in this subject can help students to progress to a wide range of university courses and careers including teaching, the Civil Service, law, the Police and museum work.

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