Guide To Top Ten History Visits For Schools

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Inspire your students when you take them on one of our top ten history visits & let them discover & explore the places where history happened.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    1. Memorial Museum Passchendaele (MMP) 1917

The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is located in the historic chateau of Zonnebeke and focuses on the physical aspects of World War I where it keeps the memory of the Battle of Passchendaele alive, The museum features exhibits covering battlefield archeology, artillery & uniforms. Highlights include the dugout experience where students will discover communication and dressing posts, headquarters and sleeping-accommodation. Outside, students can explore a trench system A visit can be included as part of a 3-day tour to the First World War battlefields of Ypres, Messines & Passchendaele

  2. Thiepval Memorial (The Somme)

The Thiepval Memorial commemorates over 72,000 men of the British & Commonwealth forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave The majority died during the Somme offensive of 1916. Visits to Thiepval Memorial can be included as part of a 3-day tour of The Somme & Vimy Ridge or 4-day tour that covers The Somme, Ypres & Passchendaele.

  3.  Battle Abbey (Hastings)

The Grade I listed site currently operated by English Heritage as 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield which includes the abbey buildings and ruins, a visitor centre, a film and exhibition about the battle, audio tours of the battlefield and the monks' gatehouse with revived artefacts. The visitor centre includes a children's discovery room and a café, and there is an outdoor themed playground. A visit to Hastings is relevant to students studying the History curriculum at KS3, to options in the AQA, Edexcel & OCR GCSE specifications and to Edexcel & OCR specifications at A-level & can be taken as part of a 1 or 2-day tour.

 4. Caen Memorial Museum (Normandy)

From pre-1945 to the post-1945 period, Caen Memorial museum tells the story of the 20th Century in an outstanding presentation of the events that had such an impression on European history. Explore the exhibition areas explaining the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Watch the films, The Battle of England & D-Day or follow one of the guided tours on the Landing beaches. This visit can be taken as part of our 4-day tour to Normandy.

 5. Brandenburg Gate - Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin's most significant monuments – a landmark and symbol steeped in over two hundred years of history. This iconic monument, built during the 18th-century reign of Friedrich Wilhelm II, has long been a defining symbol of Berlin of both the city's division and unity. Visit as part of a 7-day tour of Berlin, Wannsee & Amsterdam or a 9-day tour of Berlin & Auschwitz.

 6. Anne Frank House - Amsterdam

For over two years Anne Frank and her family lived in the annex of the building at Prinsengracht 263 where Anne’s father, Otto Frank, also had his business. Today the rooms at Anne Frank House, although empty, still breathe the ambience of that period. Historical documents, photographs, quotes from Anne's diary, film images, and original objects that belonged to those in hiding illustrate the events that took place there. The original diary of Anne Frank and other notebooks are on display in the museum. A visit to Anne Frank House can be taken as part of our History trips to Amsterdam & Kamp Vught which examines the Holocaust & the implementation of the "Final Solution".

 7. Imperial War Museum, London

Imperial War Museum, London is one of five museums and historical sites focusing on war and conflict from the First World War to the present. The Museum hosts a distinctive collection of objects that tell the human stories of lives engulfed in war and show how hostilities have shaped the world in which we live. Visits to the Museum in London can be taken as part of our  London Blitz tour, examining the experience of the Blitz to consider the impact of Total War on British society.

 8. Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a royal château in Versailles situated in the Île-de-France region of France. It is now open as a museum. Visit this magnificent palace set in extensive grounds where the royal court lived. A short walk away through the park are the Trianons and Marie Antoinette's farm. A visit to the palace can be taken as part of our 4-day French Revolution tour. This particular tour is suitable for students studying French History at A-level. Should your group be studying an alternative period of French history such as Napoleonic Wars or the Reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, it may be possible for us to tailor a tour to your requirements.

 9. The Old Operating Theatre Museum, London

The Old Operating theatre museum is Britain's oldest surviving operating theatre and Herb garret & is set in the roof of St. Thomas's church. The theatre has been reconstructed with original equipment and furniture, including a 19th-century operating table, surgical instruments and pathological specimens with tiered viewing seats for students. Visit the museum as part of our Medicine & Public Health tour.

10. Blists Hill Victorian Town

Experience the  Victorian way of life in the late 1800's with a visit to Blists Hill, open-air museum. Life is re-enacted by townsfolk who wear the ensemble of the day and who go about their daily live's in the shops and workplaces of this authentic Victorian community. A visit to Blists Hill can be taken as part of  our Industrial Revolution tour .

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Resources: English Heritage, Wikipedia


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