All major museums and heritage organisations have their own education officers or departments, which invariably provide a range of resources tailored to schoolsí needs. However, few have specifically battlefield related activities and resources. Despite this, most will try to help and offer advice relating to any enquiry, especially if it is connected with the sites or displays under a given organisationís remit. The following are suggestions for schools to contact, with notes given as to their areas of specialisation.
BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD VISITOR CENTRE, LEICESTERSHIRE
Leicestershire County Council, who run the Centre produce teacherís packs for use on the battlefield, as well as providing guides for school parties.
THE COMMANDERY, WORCESTER
The interpretation centre in the Commandery tells the story of Worcesterís involvement in the Civil Wars and the wider picture. It caters very well for school visits, providing a range of resources etc.
They have education officers based at many of their properties which have a military theme. English Heritage manages the battlefield of Hastings within the grounds of Battle Abbey. Free admission can be arranged for school parties, as well as pre-trip inspections. The English Heritage website has a wide range of teachersí materials etc.
THE ROYAL ARMOURIES
They have bases in Leeds, the Tower of London and Fort Nelson. The Royal Armouries in Leeds is close to a number of major battlefields including Adwalton Moor, Marston Moor, Towton and Wakefield. They provide a wide range of resources relating to the National Curriculum, as well as museum-related activities.
NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM
This has a very helpful and expert education department with resources, special events for schools etc. which focus on the British Army from the 17th century to the present.
In addition, individual re-enactment societies and museums can often offer help and advice, often with on a local basis.
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