Educational Packages

The workshops are very popular and usually need to be booked at least a month in advance. These workshops are…

A Child's War: Life for Children on the Home Front During World War 2

Workshop length: 4-5 hours (lunch room provided)
Numbers: Up to 30 pupils (Charge of £40 for small groups under 10 pupils)
Cost per pupil: £4
Suitability: 7-11 years
Prior knowledge: None required

Our new workshop, based upon the life of children on the Home Front in Wales and Britain during World War 2, comprises role play and hands-on activities to make history really 'come alive'. Children go through the 'process' of Evacuation, experience the routine of daily life in a world dominated by Rationing and Make-Do-And-Mend and relive The Blitz in our newly equipped and fully-furnished Anderson Shelter, set in its own Dig For Victory garden. This is a cross-curricular workshop, covering aspects of Music, Maths and Science in addition to History, English and Drama. Children also enter the virtual world of The Blitz through the use of our interactive digital programme. Children get the opportunity to try on genuine uniforms and costumes and to handle a wealth of original artefacts.

We cater for schools following the Cornerstones scheme and cover both the Swansea and Cardiff Blitz. Teachers can state their preference before they visit.Many of the suggested strands will be covered during the workshop. We also provide a Teacher's Pack, based around Cornerstones, which contains cross-curricular lesson suggestions. Loan Boxes can be hired at a cost of £25 for the remainder of the term.

We encourage all teachers to bring their pupils dressed as Evacuees and suitably labelled as they will be immersed in living history from the moment they arrive. It is wonderful if teachers and assistants enter the spirit of the day and come dressed-up too!

This workshop is extremely popular and we advise teachers to make enquiries and book their visit at least one month in advance.


The Life of the Victorian Soldier

Workshop length: 4-5 hours (lunch room provided)
Numbers: Up to 30 pupils (Charge of £40 for small groups under 10 pupils)
Cost per pupil: £4
Suitability: 8-14 years
Prior knowledge: None required

This workshop takes advantage of the museum’s unique collection of artefacts relating to the Anglo-Zulu War and, in particular, the battle at Rorke’s Drift in 1879, to show what life was like for a common soldier and an officer during Queen Victoria’s reign.

The workshop begins with a short classroom activity that deals with the creation of the Empire and the need for a greater army during Queen Victoria’s reign. The children then proceed to dressing in uniforms and costumes of the day (male and female) and enjoying a role-play activity. The second session takes place in the museum’s Zulu War Room, when the children draw and handle artefacts and discover the amazing story of Rorke’s Drift. Pupils can focus on the lives of particular soldiers who fought in the battle and can request activities that link directly to individual school projects.

By following a trail around this section of the museum the pupils gain broader knowledge of military tactics and the everyday life of the soldier.

A Loan Box, containing artefacts, can be hired for £25.


Life in the Trenches during World War 1:
The Battle of the Somme 1916

Workshop length: 4 hours (lunch room provided)
Numbers: Up to 30 pupils (Charge of £40 for small groups under 10 pupils)
Cost per pupil: £4
Suitability: 10-16 years
Prior knowledge: Not necessary

This is a new workshop which uses primary sources in an attempt to create an impression of what life was like for the Welsh soldier fighting on The Somme in 1916, particularly in the battle of Mametz Wood.

The museum has a wealth of resources, from uniforms and weapons to diaries and letters, all of which make this a very real experience.

Students begin by finding out what Enlistment was like when they adopt the role of a young Welsh man and go through the process of receiving the King’s Shilling. This involves dressing in an authentic uniform – a marvellous photo opportunity for teachers. They also learn about the life of a young officer by examining the contents of his trunk and discovering artefacts in his ‘dugout’. They discover the tragedy of the war by reading personal letters and diary entries.

Written activities to accompany the practical tasks can be selected by teachers and are differentiated to suit the age and ability levels of the students.

The workshop concludes with archive film footage of the war and a ‘trail’ around the World War 1 exhibits in the main museum.

Due to the popularity of this workshop, teachers should book at least one month prior to visiting to ensure reserving the date of their choice.


To enquire about any of our workshops, please get in touch

Educational Packages

Finding Out About The Victorian Soldier Key Stage 2 Workshop

Examples of sources of evidence used

British sources

  • soldier's tunic
  • Martini-Henri rifle
  • bayonet
  • bullet
  • water bottle

Zulu sources

  • spears (assegais)
  • shield
  • club (knobkerrie)

Loan Box content examples

Loan Box (contents)Origional/Replicas
Red tunic(Victorian style, 1881-1969 buttons)
South Africa War medal and ribbon(Replica)
24th Regiment other ranks belt buckle(Original, 1879)
24th Regiment helmet plate(Replica)
24th Regiment Glengarry badge(Replica)
Button stick, large, wooden(Original, 19th century)
Button stick, small, brass(Original, 19th century)
Badges of rank, 5, assorted (Original, 19th century)
Chart: infantry officers’ rank badges(Laminated – 4 copies)
Illustrations: 24th Regiment in 1879(Laminated – 30 copies)
Photo: Escort with Queen’s Colour(Laminated – 10 copies)
Illustrations: 6 Zulu Regiments(Laminated – 6 different sheets)
Map of Kwa-Zulu Natal(Modern tourist map)

Contents of loan boxes vary slightly – this is an example of typical items included

Educational Packages

Finding Out About The Victorian Soldier Key Stage 2 Workshop

Examples of topics covered in the workshop

  • rationing
  • evacuation
  • blackout
  • foods and recipes
  • women at work
  • air raids and ARP
  • reusing rubbish
  • women's Land Army
  • careless talk
  • dig for victory
  • mystery objects

Examples of sources of evidence used

  • ration books
  • photos
  • gas masks
  • posters
  • cartoons
  • recipes
  • magazine articles
  • newspaper reports
  • 1st aid equipment
  • badges
  • ARP equipment
  • ID cards
  • uniforms

Loan Box content examples

Loan Box (contents)Origional/Replicas
First Aid shell dressing bag(Original, 1942)
Shell dressing in wrapper x2(Original, June 1942)
ARP warden’s lamp(Original)
ARP warden’s whistle(Original)
ARP warden’s crush injury tag(Replica)
Evacuee name tag(Replica)
Anti-gas eyeshield x2(Original, Oct 1942, Feb 1943)
Anti-gas eyeshield case(Original)
Buttons: ARP, CD, AFS(Original)
Pin badge: WVS Civil Defence(Original)
Cloth badge for uniform: CD(Original)
Aircraft identification booklet (Spitfire, Wellington, Messerschmitt, Junkers)(Photocopied extracts)
Public Information Leaflets
No.1 Some Things You Should Know If War Should Come
No.2 Your Gas Mask; Masking Your Windows
No.3 Evacuation: Why and How?
No.4 Your Food In War-Time
(Replica)
Child’s Identity Card(Replica)
Adult’s Identity Card(Original, dated 1934-45)
3d, 1d, ½d, ¼d coins(Original)
Civil Defence jacket & cap(Original, WW2 style; dated 1950/60s)
Civil Defence armbands(Original, WW2 style; dated 1954)

Contents of loan boxes vary slightly – this is an example of typical items included