The WWI Battlefields School Trip takes students to Belgium and Northern France to learn about the Great War, visiting some of the most important battle sites, museums and war memorials in the ‘Western Front’.
This is an unforgettable school tour for European Studies and History students, as they gain a deeper understanding of the background, history and legacy of World War I, which ravaged the continent between 1914 and 1918.
Some of the war’s bloodiest and most dramatic episodes took place in the Somme and Flanders regions, with over one million people dying at the Battle of the Somme and half a million perishing at the Battle of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres.
The region is dotted with sites, memorials, cemeteries and interpretation museums; and has become a pilgrimage destination for historians and scholars with an interest in World War I.
On this WWI Battlefields School Trip, students will visit some of the most important sites and memorials across the Western Front such as the Menin Gate in Ypres, the Thiepval Memorial dedicated to those missing in the Somme and the huge Loughnagar crater where 17 mines exploded in 1916.
They will also visit two important museums dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Great War: In Flanders Fields Museum and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 where they will get to see first hand how soldiers lived in the trenches and dugouts.
This is a fascinating and insightful school trip for students that will bring into sharp focus the horrors of war and Europe’s dramatic history in the 20th century.