Remembrance (autumn term only)

During this session, we examine some of the difficult issues surrounding remembrance by asking three pivotal questions: Who do we remember? Why do we remember them? How do we remember them?

During this session, we examine some of the difficult issues surrounding remembrance by asking three pivotal questions:

  • Who do we remember?
  • Why do we remember them?
  • How do we remember them?

We answer these simple but fundamental questions about remembrance by looking at the personal experiences of Royal Marines on the Western Front, at sea or on D Day. We focus on the human experiences in conflict and use the many memorials in the Museum and its grounds as well as the Museum's medal collection, one of biggest in the country.

Who do we remember?

We get to know real individual Royal Marines who fought in one of the world wars. We use diaries, letters and personal effects to find out who they were so they become real people rather than a statistic.

Why do we remember?

Using those same diaries, we find out what happened to these men and what they went through. That way we can uncover why they are still remembered after so many years.

How do we remember?

From 'death pennies' to war memorials and from medals to a minute's silence, we look at the different ways these people are remembered. In the end we see how remembering is a personal experience.

Context

These questions are nothing without context. We offer the session based on one of the three theatres of war which change according to the curriculum.

On arrival the class are introduced to a military drill. At the end of the session, there is a chance to try on uniforms and handle the equipment the soldiers would have worn. Each session lasts about 2 hours.

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