World War I and II

Learning Sessions

Brighton Museum

War Stories exhibition Gallery Talk, 1 hour, onsite, all KS

To commerorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, this exhibition brings to life the wartime experiences of 13 individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war.

Brighton during World War II 1 hour, onsite, all KS

Gain a unique insight into four people’s experiences of World War II in Brighton. Their identities are unravelled through World War II artefacts, archives and oral histories. How did war affect real people’s lives? What was the impact of the bombing raids? How did they cope with rationing?


The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion and India 1 hour, onsite, KS2&3

What links India and a lavish Brighton seaside retreat for a King? This tour takes you on a journey around the Royal Pavilion's architecture to find the answers. Learn about the Indian buildings that inspired its unique structure, and its use as a hospital for Indian soldiers during World War I.


Preston Manor

Preston Manor during the First World War - KS1+2

Lady Ellen Stanford invites your class to come and help her at Preston Manor in her voluntary work for the war effort. Lady Ellen's grandson Vere is at war in France and the household are doing all they can to help. Help prepare for a fundraising sale, make bunting, knitting and sewing, help Ellen write letters to soldiers, practice a recitial, help prepare medical supplies for Brighton's military hospitals, make biscuits for wounded soldiers, food parcels for prisoners of war and clothes parcels for refugees.  Come dressed in your finest school uniforms for a 2 hour session in role with Lady Ellen and one of her servants. 


The Keep

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Brighton Toy & Model Museum

Sessions last between 1.5 and 3 hours, subject to school request. Bespoke sessions and outreach sessions available. Sessions can be enhanced by one of our puppet shows (30 minutes).

What was it like to be a child in World War II? KS2

Drawing on both artefacts and oral history, investigate how toys and play reflect and represent the impact of war on the lives of children. 


Whitehawk Air Raid Shelter - City Academy

World War II Home front 2 hours, onsite and outreach, all KS 

Guided tour of an atmospheric, partially restored air-raid shelter built in 1939, followed by a session in school with handling activities and dressing up.  

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