School Trips

We are accepting bookings for trips for the new school year (2020-21)! Please be aware that changes to UK guidelines may mean your trip has to be rearranged or cancelled – we will work with you for a solution which suits you best.

It’s much more than just tanks… Discover our exciting range of curriculum linked workshops for schools.

We cover a range of topic areas, spanning history and STEM, and work with you to ensure that the visit supports your learning objectives. To make a booking, please use the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.

Get Scheme of Work – What happened to Gunner Archie Smith? – free when you book two First World War workshops.

tommy in the trenches

See what life was like for the average Tommy. 

The Tommy in the Trenches workshop uses the Museum’s superb reconstructed trench system and items from the handling collection including uniforms, helmets, rifles, gasmasks and grenades. The workshop explores how soldiers trained, what they ate, the uniform they wore and what it was like to live in a trench.

Goes well with: Real Life of a Warhorse, The First World War Tank Experience

 

First World War Tank Experience

The Tank Museum is the only place in the world you can climb inside a real First World War Mark IV tank.

This First World War Tank Experience workshop includes an interactive talk on why the tank was invented, how it worked and what life was like for the crew.

Goes well with: Tommy in the Trenches, Real Life of a Warhorse

 

Real life of a war horse

Find out what it was like to be an animal at war. 

Using our Warhorse to Horsepower exhibition, students will explore how animals were used in the conflict and use their findings to write the diary entry of a horse, donkey or mule. They will meet our replica cavalry horse ‘Blackjack’ and handle real kit and equipment worn by cavalry horses, as well as trying on First World War uniforms.

Goes well with: Tommy in the Trenches, The First World War Tank Experience.

 

Christmas in the trenches

Learn all about Christmas on the Front Line

The Christmas in the Trenches workshop uses drama and the Museum’s reconstructed trench system to explore Christmas on the Western Front and the ‘Christmas truce’ of 1914. There is the opportunity to get into character by trying on soldier’s uniform, kit and equipment. Pupils will also use artefacts from the Museum’s collection to discover what Christmas presents soldiers would receive.

Goes well with: The First World War Tank Experience and Real Life of a Warhorse

Find out all about what it was like in Britain during WW2.

Dealing with the Blitz and organisations such as the Home Guard, ARP and Women’s Land Army, pupils will explore the Museum’s extensive collection of Second World War artefacts. Pupils can try on a range of gas masks, helmets and uniforms and try out a real (and very loud!) hand-cranked air raid siren.

Goes well with: The 1940s House, The Funny Tanks of D-Day

 

Experience the Home Front in a reconstructed street scene.

Pupils will roleplay the lives of a housewife and shop keeper of the 1940s. How did people shop, cook and plan their meals during rationing? Explore the contents of an evacuee’s suitcase and discover how people washed and cleaned. Plus, experience a ‘real’ air raid in an Anderson shelter.

Goes well with: Britain in the Second World War, The Funny Tanks of D-Day

 

Why did the Allies launch an invasion of France in 1944?

In the Funny Tanks of D-Day workshop, pupils will use a model of a Normandy beach and their problem solving skills to find out how tanks were adapted to face the challenges of a beach landing. They will also have a go at making a ‘real’ 28 ton Sherman tank float.

Goes well with: Britain in the Second World War, The 1940s House.

 

What was Christmas like on the Home Front?

The Home Front Christmas workshop uses the Museum’s 1940s house to explore Christmas during the Second World War. Pupils will use artefacts from the Museum’s collection to discover what Christmas was like for children during the Second World War and create a home made wartime decoration.

Goes well with: Britain in the Second World War, The Funny Tanks of D-Day

2 x Workshops

Trouble with Tracks is a practical, hands on exploration of the role forces play in the design of tracked vehicles.

Using Lego Mindstorms pupils will work in teams to build a working set of tracks for a remote-control tank and run it successfully over an obstacle course.

 

Have a go at constructing a quarter size model of a tank from the Second World War – the Sherman Firefly!

In this hands-on activity, children will learn about the men who served in Shermans and assemble the tank from a number of key parts such as the hull, turret, guns, sprockets and suspension. Find out what each section does and how they work together. Engineering on a new Scale!

 

Visit our newly built Conservation Workshop on selective days throughout the year.

This will be a unique opportunity for pupils to get up close to the tanks that are being restored and maintained. Under supervision, children will be able to handle components from the tanks, discover how they are pieced together and learn why it is important to care for the collection. Qualified engineers will be on hand to answer any questions and encourage the children to take an interest in science and engineering.

Tank Story Hall Tour

A lively, interactive tour through time from the very first tank to the one in use with the British Army today.

In the Tank Story workshop, pupils will discover how the development of armoured vehicles reflects key events in 20th Century history.

Goes well with: Any of our other KS3 and KS4 workshops.

 

Chieftain Tank Workshop

Get inside the Chieftain tank and find out what it was like for the crew. 

The Chieftain was an impressive British Main Battle Tank from the Cold War period. There is a minimum height restriction of 1.25m. We request trousers and flat shoes are worn for this activity as pupils access the tank by climbing into a hatch from the top of the vehicle.

Goes well with: The Changing Nature of Warfare, The First World War Tank Experience.

 

Find out what life was like on the Front Line.

The Tommy in the Trenches workshop uses the Museum’s superb reconstructed trench system and items from the handling collection including uniforms, helmets, rifles, gasmasks and grenades to give students a real and immediate experience of what life was like for the average Tommy. The workshop places the conflict in context of the politics and society of the period.

Goes well with: The First World War Tank Experience, Modern Warfare: Afghanistan, The Changing Nature of Warfare.

 

Medicine on the Western Front

Discover how British casualties on the Western Front were cared for during the First World War.

Using the Museum’s handling collection and by undertaking immersive role play activities, pupils will learn about the medical problem posed by the Western Front and examine how the British solved it.

NC Links: Key Stage 3 History, Edexcel and AQA 9-1 GCSE exam boards.

Goes well with: First World War Tank Experience and Tommy in the Trenches

 

First World War Tank Experience

The only place in the world you can climb inside a real First World War Mark IV tank.

The First World War Tank Experience includes an interactive talk on why the tank was invented, how it worked and what life was like for the crew.

Goes well with: Tommy in the Trenches, Modern Warfare: Afghanistan, The Changing Nature of Warfare.

 

Hitlers rise to power

How did a struggling Austrian artist with a poor education record and no career prospects in 1918 become the Chancellor of Germany by 1933?

Using a combination of the Museum’s handling collection and original footage, pupils will examine not only how Hitler rose to power but also discover his often forgotten bid for power by force in 1923. During the Hitler’s Rise to Power workshop, pupils will also develop source analysis skills and practice their public speaking.

Goes well with: The Changing Nature of Warfare.

 

Modern Warfare: Afghanistan

Why did Britain invade Afghanistan in 2001?

What daily life-threatening events would British soldiers face in Helmand Province? Which vehicles did the British use and why? These are only some of the questions that pupils will consider in the newly improved Modern Warfare: Afghanistan workshop. In this session, pupils will take an immersive tour around the Museum’s Battlegroup Afghanistan exhibition which was created to look like a Forward Operating Base. Pupils will get to examine kit used on operations, including a number of British vehicles, and explore what daily life was like for British soldiers in a very modern conflict.

Goes well with: The Changing Nature of Warfare.

 

In this hands-on session pupils explore how warfare has changed over the 20th and 21st centuries.

In the Changing Nature of Warfare workshop, pupils will explore a number of topics by looking at the British infantryman from 1914 to current day by handling kit, equipment and related weapons. Pupils will discuss different types of warfare and examine new threats to the soldier from gas to nuclear to IEDs. A source analysis like no other.

Goes well with: The First World War Tank Experience, Tommy in the Trenches, Hitler’s Rise to Power, Modern Warfare: Afghanistan.

2 x Workshops

Trouble with Tracks is a practical, hands on exploration of engineering in the real world.

Using Lego Mindstorms pupils will work in teams to build a working set of tracks for a remote-control tank and run it successfully over an obstacle course.

 

Have a go at constructing a quarter size model of a tank from the Second World War – the Sherman Firefly!

In this hands on activity, children will learn about the men who served in Shermans and assemble the tank from a number of key parts such as the hull, turret, guns, sprockets and suspension. Find out what each section does and how they work together. Engineering on a new Scale!

 

Visit our newly built Conservation Workshop on selective days throughout the year.

This will be a unique opportunity for pupils to get up close to the tanks that are being restored and maintained. Under supervision, children will be able to handle components from the tanks, discover how they are pieced together and learn why it is important to care for the collection. Qualified engineers will be on hand to answer any questions and encourage the children to take an interest in science and engineering.

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PRICES

Each workshop lasts 45 minutes, depending on your arrival time and the size of the group.

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Price per pupil
2 Workshops
Price per pupil
£5
3 Workshops
Price per pupil
£7
4 Workshops
Price per pupil
£9

School Trips Enquiry Form

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