1 January—21 December 2018

Lives changed forever: Bristol and the First World War

Explore the impact of the First World War on peoples’ lives in Bristol by investigating real and replica artefacts, costume, photos and documents. This evidence is then used to develop short biographies of different characters including their individual experiences in Bristol, their feelings about the war and the impact it had on their lives.

The children and students will:

  • Investigate real and replica objects, images, documents and costume.
  • Watch film clips of fictional characters whose lives were affected by World War One.
  • Use historical evidence to create six fictional characters living in Bristol during the First World War including: factory worker, a soldier, conscientious objector and a nurse
  • Reflect on the impact of the war on the everyday lives of men, women and children.

Suitable for: Year 3-6 (KS2) or Year 7-9 (KS3)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

Teaching resource packs

For just £10 you can add a Bristol and the First World War resource pack to your workshop booking. This pack of information and images will help your students understand the impact of the First World War on Bristol. Each pack contains:first world war learning resource pack

  • resource booklet
  • CD of images showing Bristol during the First World War
  • classroom posters, including enlistment and wartime art
  • replica ‘Not at Home’ First World war sign

Session availability

We have two sessions available at 10.15-11.45am and 12.00-1.30pm. Further sessions may be available in the afternoon, so please ask.

Free use of our lunch room is included in the cost of your session


Learning enquiry form

Please complete this form to start the booking process.

Your name
Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.