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Posted on: 09/11/2017

Visit of Chris Coode, First World War expert and re-enactor

On Thursday 5th October, Chris Coode, who is an expert on the First World War and re-enactor, visited the history department and held sessions with our Year 9 pupils. Chris brought in a range of artefacts and was wearing a uniform of a First World War soldier. He talked about weapons, equipment and life in the trenches. Chris also brought a mannequin wearing an Edwardian morning dress and he told us how women's lives were impacted by the war. Finally we listened to some First World War songs on a 1920s gramophone. The sessions took place in and around our First World War trench reconstruction. Our Year 9 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the 'hands on' learning experience and particularly liked holding the (deactivated) Leigh Enfield rifle and trying on British, German and French helmets. Thank you to Chris Coode for delivering the sessions and to all of the staff involved in the practicalities of making the sessions possible.




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