Over the next few months the Museum is undergoing major building and maintenance works. The Museum is therefore partially closed to the public from 10th April 2016 while the refurbishment takes place. During this closed period the Learning Team will be unable to facilitate any educational visits to the Museum. The Learning Team will continue to specialise in providing outreach, learning resources and reminiscence sessions to schools, community groups, residential homes and the like. Outreach visits during the closed period will be charged at half the price of normal cost of an outreach, so just £25 per session per group.

For information please contact email: education@re-museum.co.uk

Medway life on the Home Front 1939-45

In this hands-on ‘Inspiring Learning Session’ learners will uncover what life was like for local Medway families during the Second World War. Learners will be split into four groups to investigate the stories of four individual people living locally. Using the handling collection and archival material, each group of learners will find out about either a 5 year old girl, 6 year old boy who were evacuated to Devon, a Land Army girl or an ARP warden. Groups of learners will then share the information they have discovered by giving a short presentation to the whole group.

Curriculum Links: History – Local, History – First World War, Design and Technology, Science

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Engineering Bridge: Second World War

Food Glorious Food 1939-45

Learners will discover how the Second World War impacted the everyday life of local people in Medway. They will uncover the impact not only that food rationing had on people, but clothing and petrol rationing too. Learners will find out how the government set up campaigns to encourage families to grown their own fruit and vegetables by viewing the museums own ‘Dig for Victory’ vegetable patch. Leaners will then have the opportunity to get into the war time spirit by creating one of the following (selected prior to visit):

• Rag Rug (using old material rags threaded through hessian to create small square rug)
• Plant pots (using newspaper, make a plant pot and plant a green bean seed in soil)

Curriculum Links: History – Local, History – First World War, Design and Technology, Science

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Engineering Bridge: Second World War

Reach for the skies: V2 Rocket Power

This hands-on ‘Inspiring Learning Session’, takes place next to a deactivated Second World War V2 rocket. Learners will find out what powered the rocket in terms of forces and motion and how a V2 rocket is fuelled. Learners will then have the opportunity to build their own simple rocket, guess how far they think their rocket will travel, and test them from the rocket launcher. Learners will then be able to adapt their rockets by adding additional features, re-estimate and launch their rockets to achieve a longer glide.

Curriculum Links: History – Local, History – Second Work War, Design and Technology, Science, Maths

Inspiring Learning Session Matches:

A long way down: Airborne Engineers

In this ‘Inspiring Learning Session’, learners will find out about the role Airborne Engineers played during the Second World War to keep the army moving. In the Second World War galleries, learners will see examples of paradummies used to mislead the enemy as to where they would land. Watching a demonstration of a parachute, the learners will discover the impact the force of gravity and air resistance will have on the parachutes. Learners will then be split into three teams; each team will use a different material to make individual parachutes. Learners will then predict which materials they think will stay in the air the longest and therefore give a mini model soldier the softest landing. The three teams’ parachutes will then be tested off the V2 viewing platform against one another, to demonstrate which material is the best.

Curriculum Links: History- Local, History- Second Work War, Design and Technology, Science, Maths

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Engineering Bridge: Second World War

In this ‘Inspiring Learning Session’, learners will head into the Museum’s own Bridge Study Centre to discover that even as long ago as Roman times, engineers have been capable of building bridges at awe-inspiring scales. Learners will discover the fundamental engineering concepts behind building bridges and how simply bridges stand up. They will see different pictorial examples of eye-catching civil engineering bridge designs, before being split into two engineering teams. The teams will be set the challenge to construct an example of a Second World War bridge using real 70 year old Bailey Bridge Kit, without any support from leaders. The two teams will have the opportunity at the Bridge Study Centre to view closely the scale models of military bridge kit.

Curriculum Links: History – Local, History – First World War, Design and Technology, Science

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Bridge Design and Construction

Bridge Design and Construction

In this ‘Inspiring Learning Session’, learners will be split into teams to compete against one another. They will build a simple bridge to withstand as much weight as it can hold before collapsing into the river bed. In their teams, learners will have to bridge between the gap of a wooden platform using limited materials such as card, lolly sticks and string. Teams will have crucial time to plan their bridge before constructing them. After the bridges have been built each team will talk through their bridge designs, using their plan to highlight design features. Each team’s bridges will then be tested by placing weights in the centre of the bridge to see how many kilograms it can hold. The team that builds the bridge that can support the greatest weight will be the winning team.

Curriculum Links: History – Local, History – First World War, Design and Technology, Science

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Engineering Bridge: Second World War