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War memorials and the local area

Child studying a war memorial © J Peach-Miles, 2012This lesson plan is the last in War Memorials Trust's short series of lessons dealing with using war memorials as the basis for historical research.


Aims of the lesson

This plan is intended to be a guide to using a war memorial as the basis for a study of the local area and how it has changed over time, and can be used to help you plan a series of lessons on this topic that are relevant to your locality. Using local records, maps and archives, pupils have the opportunity to find information about the family life of people named on a local war memorial as well as others in the community at that time. They can research the background to the memorial’s creation. They can also find out about the geography of the local area at the time of the memorial’s creation and compare this to the present day. The scope of this lesson will depend on the extent of local sources of information, but you are likely to need more than one session to cover the suggested teaching.

The lesson plan and other useful resources can be downloaded using the links below.

For students

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