World War I: Espionage

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About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Crime and Punishment, First World War | Session Type: Classroom-based

Would you execute a spy? This is the decision faced by the judge in the 1914 trial of the first spy shot at the Tower.

In the roles of the jury, prosecution and defence students will decide whether the defendant Carl Hans Lody deserves to be executed. This session explores the Tower's unique First World War history, helping students to analyse contemporary evidence and the difficult choices created by the new realities of war.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Analyse the evidence to determine why spies were executed at the Tower of London during World War I.
  • Study the choices faced by different people during the World War I and how they are viewed in modern society.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.
  • Understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.

Booking information

Wednesday, Thursday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 students
£95 plus admission

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Chronology: Espionage in the First World War

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Key characters: Espionage in the First World War

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