Best London Visits for History School Trips

As the curriculum puts greater importance on the history of Britain, enhance your students' learning on a History school trip to London. For students to fully understand the consequences of the events which controlled the early 20th century, visiting the places which played a role in WW2 is essential.

We provide London study tours covering the following themes: The Blitz & the Home Front, the changing nature of warfare at the Imperial War Museum, The Holocaust & Medicine & Public Health.

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Historical Sites, Exhibitions & Museums in London 
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Museum of London Docklands

Located in the heart of the redeveloped London Docklands close to Canary Wharf, this museum traces the history of the docks and their regeneration in recent years. Offering a range of permanent galleries & exhibitions, a trip to the Museum of London Docklands is a must for any history student visiting London.

 

Imperial War Museum

There is a gallery devoted to the Home Front. ‘A Family in Wartime’ tells how ordinary people braved the challenges of life - rationing, evacuation, war work and events such as the London Blitz and VE Day. Explore an Anderson shelter, scan the airwaves for archived radio shows and discover more about life in wartime Britain. 

 

HMS Belfast

A World War II light cruiser, HMS Belfast saw action in the Arctic escorting convoys & also took part in the D Day landings. On board HMS Belfast discover a unique historic environment. Photographs, films, objects and veteran testimonies of what life was like living and working on board HMS Belfast.

 

 Alexander Fleming Museum

Visit the laboratory where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. The lab has been reconstructed to its original form with bacteriological equipment and an exhibition which tells the life story of Fleming and the impact of penicillin on modern healthcare. Displays and video explain how a chance discovery ushered in the age of antibiotics.

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Old Operating Theatre

Displays include the public viewing stands, wooden operating table & surgical instruments. The Herb Garret was used for storing herbs used by the hospital's apothecary. The public health walk focuses on living conditions in Victorian London & the fight against cholera. Access to the attic is through a narrow spiral staircase.

 

Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum offers formal and informal learning opportunities to discover the story of Florence Nightingale, “the lady with the lamp” The museum explains Nightingale's life & legacy from her privileged childhood & struggle against convention to the crisis in the military hospitals in the Crimea. Her work as a campaigner for health reform is also considered. 

 

Jewish Museum

Located in Camden Town the museum recently underwent an extensive redevelopment and now offers visitors four permanent exhibitions - a rare medieval ritual bath, Judaism a Living Faith, History A British Story and the Holocaust Gallery. A number of workshops are offered including the chance to meet a survivor of the Nazi persecutions.

 

 Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial was the first public memorial in Great Britain dedicated to victims of the Holocaust. There is a yearly service of remembrance. It consists of two boulders surrounded by a copse of silver birch trees. An inscription in from the Book of Lamentations reads "For these, I weep streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people."

 

 

You may also be interested in our blog History trips to WWI Battlefields of Ypres or History trips to WWI Battlefields of The Somme & Vimy Ridge.

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