Last week, Sincil Sports College from Lincoln visited the WW1 Battlefields in Belgium so we asked our Harriet and Kate to accompany them. Here’s what they had to say:
Easily accessible by coach, Ypres is an ideal location for schools studying World War I and the visits bring to life the experiences they have read about at school.
The group stayed at Ypres Lodge, known to some as the Rabbit Inn, a good standard youth hostel with a recreation/games area for the students.
After a nice breakfast, the group went to the very recently renovated In Flanders Fields Museum, which occupies the second floor of the Cloth Hall in Ypres. In Flanders Field Museum is filled with stories and artefacts of the different Battles of Ypres. You are supplied with a Poppy bracelet that has an interactive chip – a real nice touch to make the learning more enjoyable for students.
We also visited the Sanctuary Wood Museum, set atop the Canadian Hill 62 War Memorial. The museum features mudded tunnels and trenches to mimic the conditions felt by the soldiers fighting in the Great War.
The cemeteries we visited brought home the extent of casualties caused by The Great War: Tyne Cot Cemetery alone holds over 11,000 graves of Commonwealth soldiers who fought between 1914 and 1918.
We rushed back to the Menin Gate to witness the ‘Last Post Ceremony’. Everyday, buglers of the local volunteer Fire Brigade appear and at exactly 8pm they sound the ‘Last Post’ bugle call. The minute's silence that follows really intensifies everything you have seen throughout the day.
Ypres is a great place to showcase the history our ancestors faced and a great trip for schools, with content good for the current curriculum and full days filled with fun, yet educational visits. We would recommend this trip to all History school groups.
Thanks for the commentary ladies and to Sincil College for their great photos. If you have any photos from your school trips with European Study Tours, get in touch, we’d love to write about them.