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Year 7 Visit the Imperial War Museum

On Monday 23rd January Year 7 enjoyed a very valuable and memorable trip to the Imperial War Museum to see the First World War Galleries.

The exhibition tells the story of the war through the eyes of the British people and the Empire, both on the home front and the fighting fronts. The exhibition holds over 1,300 objects ranging from weapons, uniforms and equipment, to diaries and letters, keepsakes and trinkets, photographs, film and art. Each object on display reveals stories not only of destruction, suffering and loss, but also endurance and innovation, duty and devotion, comradeship and love. After a quick lunch break, the pupils then got the chance to visit the Lord Ashcroft Gallery to see the ‘Extraordinary Heroes’ exhibition. This display houses the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses, alongside a significant collection of George Crosses, telling the extraordinary stories of the people who have been awarded these medals. The pupils seemed fascinated and touched by the many stories of bravery, courage and determination and even told each other stories of bravery in their own families.