Local stories: The Tower in wartime

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About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: First World War, Second World War | Session Type: Classroom-based

It is 1940 and the world is at war for the second time. Tommy Smith, a member of the Royal Fusiliers, is preparing for deployment and reflecting on his father’s experiences as a soldier in the First World War.

This session uses storytelling, role play and object handling to bring the past to life. It explores the concept of remembrance and the ways in which the past influences the present.

This session was jointly created by Historic Royal Palaces and the Fusilier Museum London.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Use objects as evidence to learn about the experience of soldiers during the First and Second World Wars.
  • Understand the impact of war on individuals and their local area.
  • Develop their skills of historical enquiry by questioning a costumed character.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Significant events beyond living memory.
  • A post 1066 study of relevant local history.


  • Maintain attention and participate.

Booking information

Availability - New for November 2019
Monday (November only)
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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