Learning in the trenchesAt Digging In, supporting learning and education has been one of our key goals.

We pursued it through our programme of active learning for schools and our online resources. We also offer ran a sucessful internship programme. We run CPD and knowledge-exchange sessions for primary and secondary school teachers, and make the trenches available for student projects on a range of subjects – from film-making to historical research and experimental archaeology.

Internship and Volunteer Programme

More than 300 volunteers, university interns and other participants have contributed nearly 8,000 hours to making the Digging In happen. They helped deliver school visits and open days, added to our on-line resources and helped to maintain the safety of the trenhes.

Schools Programme

We provided free visits to Digging In for schools and youth groups, with a programme of active learning that delivers to specific curriculum areas.

Pupils took part in hands-on activities that help them engage with different aspects of WWI experience through role play, interactive tasks, discussion and craft work.

We were delighted to have welcomed over 5150 puils to the trenches over the lifetime of the project. Here’s what teachers and pupils have said:

Using periscopes for the Signalling Mission activity.

Using periscopes for the Signalling Mission activity. Here’s what teachers and pupils have said:

‘It was interesting to see how a periscope worked and what it was like from a soldier’s perspective.’ – Jennifer Simpson, S3, Hillpark Secondary School (Glasgow)

‘The whole experience has been very carefully thought out and the delivery was first class. All the students and adults were very engaged and keen to participate. Lots of very practical, hands-on activities and resources which really helped to enhance understanding of the conditions which soldiers had to endure. An excellent learning experience and one which I would highly recommend.’ – Gerry Coyle, St Vincent’s Primary (Glasgow)

‘It was interesting to see what the soldiers went through, much better than just reading about it.’ – Kyle Palmer (S3), Hillpark Secondary School (Glasgow)

Pupils walk through the British communication trench.

Pupils walk through the British communication trench.

‘I like the fact that it is outdoors so you experience it properly and that alone was a valuable teaching point for us as teachers. Staff were really patient and informative.’ – Mo McCauley & Rachel Whitehill, Annette Street Primary (Glasgow).

‘Thanks again to @WW1Dig; P6/7 will never forget the day they got to experience life in the trenches. Quote of the day “best trip ever”.’ – Sarah McNeill, Aberfoyle Primary (Stirling)

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