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FAMILY ACTIVITIES: The First World War

July 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

This summer marks a hundred years since the battle of the Somme. To mark this event all of our summer activities will have a World War One theme, join us to make a large range of items from a ‘Fumsup’ charm to a First World War tank, which was first used in the battle of the Somme.

26th July – 2nd September, 2016 (excluding weekends) in the Bridge Study Centre

In the trenches
Tuesday 26th July
-‘Fumsup’ charms

Do you have a lucky charm at home? First World War soldiers did too. Join us to create a ‘Fumsup’ charm which were carried by the soldiers and take away a lasting memory of these brave men.
Wednesday 27th July -Embroider handkerchiefs
To pass the time in the trenches, soldiers would embroider handkerchiefs to send to their loved ones. Embroider your own handkerchief with a special design.
Thursday 28th July – Trench Art
Create a replica copper decorative plaque to illustrate the ‘Trench Art’ made by soldiers using a wide variety of military debris to form an object.
Friday 29th July – Hands-on-History First World War Style (This session runs from 10.30 – 2pm due to the closure of the Study Centre for staff training)
Spark your imagination and help bring history to life by handling First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection.
Homefront
Tuesday 2nd August -The Royal Engineers Museum Needs You!

Posters were used by the government in order to encourage men to join the army. Lord Kitchener a Royal Engineer was in charge of the recruitment campaign do you think you could design your own poster.
Wednesday 3rd August -Design a postcard
To keep in contact with family and friends, soldiers would send postcards. Design a postcard as if you were going to send it to your family.

Thursday 4th August code wheel
Boys were unable to keep the messages secret but girls could. Make a code wheel to help you keep the secret, secret.
Friday 5th August – Hands-on-History First World War Style
Spark your imagination and help bring history to life by handling First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

Animal week
Tuesday 9th August -Secret Carrier Pigeons

Pigeons played an important communication role during the First World War, as they proved to be an extremely reliable way of sending messages. Join us to learn about the crucial role of pigeons by making your own card carrier pigeon and writing a secret message to send.
Wednesday 10th August -Camel Play
Camels were used extensively in the First World War. Camels were able to carry heavier loads farther than horses. In the desert a camel can routinely go up to five days without water whereas horses need to be watered daily. Turn yourself into a camel by making a camel mask and hump.
Thursday 11th August -Mascot Dogs
Dogs had a vital part to play in the First World War. Dogs were positioned in a variety of roles, depending on their size, intelligence and training. Generally, the roles fell into the category of sentry dogs, scout dogs, casualty dogs, explosive dogs, ratters and mascot dogs. Make your own non-sew sock dog to use as a companion just like a soldier’s dog.
Friday 12th August Hands-on-History First World War Style
Spark your imagination and help bring history to life by handling First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection.


The art of deception week
Tuesday 16th August- Camouflage

Create your very own camouflage design, after looking at examples of camouflage from past and present. Using paint and canvases you can create your own design of how you think camouflage should look.
Wednesday 17th August -Dummy Head
Dummy heads were used to fool the enemy, they would look as much like a real person as possible can you create a dummy head to fool the enemy soldiers.
Thursday 18th August -Observation post
Observation posts were used throughout the First World War. To make them blend into the environment the Royal Engineers made them look like old trees. Make an observation post just like the ones built by the engineers in the First World War.
Friday 19th August- Hands-on-History First World War Style
Spark your imagination and help bring history to life by handling First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

New weaponry week
Tuesday 23rd August -Hand grenades clay

The modern hand grenade developed at the start of the 1900’s being used in world war one extensively, make your own grenade out of clay to resemble the ones used in the First World War and act as a handy pen pot.
Wednesday 24th August- Gas masks
Weapons were developed rapidly during the First World War. Engineers created new defensive barriers against the new technological weapons during this time. Make a first issue WWI gas mask to illustrate how little soldiers had to protect themselves against gas attacks.
Thursday 25th August -First World War tank
The tank was invented during the First World War, can you build a First World War tank that would have been able to move across the battle field of the Somme with little problem.
Friday 26th August- Hands-on-History First World War Style
Spark your imagination and help bring history to life by handling First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

India week
Tuesday 30th August- Royal flying corps, make an aeroplane

During the First World War, the Royal Flying Corps had the important job of defending Britain and its allies in the air. At the age of 18, the most famous Indian pilot, Indra Lal “Laddie” Roy became the Second Lieutenant of the RFC. Create a wooden model of a plane like Indra Lal Roy would have flown, and find out what happened to him during the War.
Wednesday 31th August- Talwar swords
The talwar swords were the traditional style of sword used by the Sikhs in the Indian Army. These thinner, slightly curved blades could be used in both cavalry and infantry fighting. Create a card model of a talwar sword and see how it felt to fight like a soldier of the Indian Army.
Thursday 1st September -Chakra
While the Indian army was fighting with the British Army, the Sikhs still occasionally used the traditional weapons of India. The Chakra was a disk-shaped blade that could be thrown like a Frisbee or held in close combat. Create a card model of a Chakra and become a soldier of the Indian Army.
Friday 2nd September -Hands-on-History First World War Style
Spark your imagination and help bring history to life by handling First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

Details

Start:
July 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am
End:
September 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Organiser

Royal Engineers Museum
Phone:
01634 822839
Website:
http://www.re-museum.co.uk

Venue

Royal Engineers Museum
Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME4 4UG United Kingdom
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Phone:
01634 822839
Website:
http://www.re-museum.co.uk