Inspirational: Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole

Learners will begin to build a picture of hospitals during the Crimean War in this ‘Inspiring Learning Session’. In the Victorian galleries learners will see examples of weapons used in the Crimean War and meet Snob the dog, who was presented with a Crimean War medal. Learners will then discover the inspirational truth behind two significant women and how they coped with limited resources. Using objects from our handling collection, learners will discover the methods the women used to improve the health of soldiers. Learners will then relate this to their own lives by comparing methods doctors and nurses use today in hospitals, some of which we take for granted.

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Principles of Flight, Discover Morse Code, Zulu Warriors.

Principles of Flight

During this hands on ‘Inspiring Learning Session’ learners will discover about mankind’s earliest dreams of flight. Learners will see for themselves an example of what was used for the first manned flight, a balloon basket. Within the Innovations Gallery three volunteers will help represent who the first living organisms were to fly in a man-made aircraft (a duck, a cockerel and a sheep). Looking above learners will see a wing of an early Victorian plane and encounter how significantly flight changed people’s lives due to the Wright brothers’ innovation.

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Discover Morse Code, Zulu Warriors, Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole

Capturing the action: Physics and Photography

Learners will discover how every picture tells a story, especially within the Royal Engineers Museum’s photographic collections. In this ‘Inspiring Learning Session’ learners will find out how the new skill of photography was taught in Brompton Barracks during the Victorian period. They will look into a working stereograph machine from the 1800s and discover how it creates a 3D image, like those used for 3D films today. Each learner will then be able to experience the optical phenomenon of projected images by constructing one of the inventions that helped towards the development of the camera and photographs…a ‘camera obscura’.

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Discover Morse Code, Zulu Warriors, Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole

Discover Morse code

During this hands-on ‘Inspiring Learning Session’, leaners will have the opportunity to view the first recorded transatlantic message. It was sent from a Royal Engineer in the United Kingdom to the United States of America in the 1800s. Learners will find out how Morse code was the start of global communications and the significant part it played in history. They will discover how messages were once sent down a wire from one location to another by electronic telegraph, long before the invention of tweets, text messages and emails. Learners will have an opportunity to use a real Morse code machine and send a message using the Morse code alphabet within the Museum’s Victorian galleries.

Inspiring Learning Session Matches: Capturing the action, Zulu Warriors, Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole

Zulu Warriors

In this ‘Inspiring Learning Session’, learners will discover information about the Zulu War of 1879, fought between Great Britain and the Zulu people of southern Africa. Learners will find out how Zulu warriors were traditionally formed into regiments by age and identified by features such as the jewellery, headdress or by the shield they carried. Initially based in the Victorian galleries, learners will have the opportunity to observe Zulu arms and armour and carry a real example of a Zulu shield, from the main collection. Learners will then be split into groups, to individually create two different regiment’s Zulu headdresses and shields. These identifying features will then be used to recreate an image of the Zulu War battlefield.