A website which commemorates East Sussex’s role in the First World War has launched new educational resources aimed at bringing the war and its repercussions into the classroom.
Some of the stories on East Sussex County Council’s First World War website have been specially adapted for use by teachers looking to deliver lessons on the war and students studying the period.
The stories, all of which feature people or places within East Sussex, are initially divided into three categories – soldiers, women and children.
Some of the first stories to be added include those focussing on East Sussex war heroes, the role of the Women’s Land Army and the curious tale of how children were enlisted to gather conkers, which contained a key chemical element for making munitions.
The text and related photographs, posters, maps and notebook entries can be viewed on the website or downloaded as a PDF resource pack.
The sections for teachers and students will be regularly updated in the months to come, while teachers and website users are being asked to give their feedback, particularly in regard to future stories which could be included as educational resources.
Cllr Keith Glazier, East Sussex County Council leader, said, “The First World War website is doing a terrific job in allowing people to see how the conflict affected us here in East Sussex.
“It’s important that children are able to understand the huge impact the war had both on soldiers – many of whom were not much older than themselves – and on the home front.
“We hope this new section of the website will help to bring the war to life for young people and offer a valuable resource for teachers and students alike.”
The educational resources can be downloaded online at www.eastsussexww1.org.uk
Anyone who would like to suggest stories which could be used for future educational resources is asked to contact the project on email@example.com
Readers can also find WWI archive copies of the Eastbourne Gazette online. As part of East Sussex County Council’s project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, a variety of historic newspapers from across East Sussex have been digitise. Between them, these newspapers cover the period of 1914-191.
These newspapers are the culmination of a hugely ambitious digitisation programme by the East Sussex First World War Project. A county council spokesperson said, “Such an undertaking is normally reserved for organisations and institutions such as the British Library, the National Newspaper Archive, and the National Library of Wales. As a result we are the first organisation of our kind to offer such a large and varied collection of newspapers online.”
To view the World War One Eastbourne Gazette pages, visit http://www.eastsussexww1.org.uk/newspaper-portal/
Upcoming World War One events:
• Redoubt Military History Series: Ethnic Minorities on the Western Front with Dominiek Dendooven, October 10, 2pm to 4pm. Admission £12 / £10 concessions. Museum entry included in the ticket price, plus tea and coffee served during the interval. For more on this talk and the Redoubt Fortress, turn to page 12.
• Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War - Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre, Sussex, until November 3. This temporary exhibition provides a rare opportunity to find out about the shipwrecks along the south coast of England that date from the First World War. Visitors can see artefacts that have been recovered from these sites and find out what sort of ships lie on the seabed and how they came to be there. This exhibition includes case studies from Sussex. It has been created by the Maritime Archaeology Trust as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded, Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project. More information about the project can be found here: http://www.forgottenwrecks.org/