Wednesday 17th May – Y5 visit the Bridewell Museum and Heritage Centre

Today, the year 5s went on a trip to the city to learn more about Norwich in WW1. One group started in the Bridewell Museum whilst the other in the Forum.

In the Bridewell Museum, we split into a further two groups. One group  looked at a variety of objects from Norwich’s past- focusing on the industries that provided work for many people including shoemakers, mustard, chocolate and wool.

Meanwhile, in the museum, we explored Norwich’s history through looking at different artifacts (as well as trying on many different shoes!) and managed to find some helpful piece of information related to our topic.

Up on the second level of the Forum, the children looked through historic artifacts from WW1 and learnt how they could conduct their own research using the library resources- so if families are interested in looking up WW1, or even their family history, then don’t be afraid to visit.

And lastly, Neil Storey took small groups around the city centre to the exact spots where soliders had been 100 years prior.  In Chapelfield Gardens we looked at the bandstand – where troops of the 4th Battalion entertained the public – as well as the place where the men exercised and paraded, and we also visited marketplace locations where the troops had their haircut.  We looked at the memorial on the side of St Peter Mancroft Church, and finished by a respectful visit to the war memorial.