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Trench Warfare

Resources to support teachers,parents and pupils
English, First World War, History, Warfare

The First World War is undoubtedly one of the biggest turning points in modern history for Britain and the world. The war affected those fighting on the front line, those that supported behind it, and those that were left at home. Therefore it is a particularly strong topic to study challenges for Britain, Europe, and the wider world 1901 to the present day and as a local history study. It will also support those pupils taking AQA, Edexcel, and OCR GCSE papers.

We have designed the resources below to help your pupils learn, whether they are in the classroom or at home. They will also support and complement a visit.  Check out our Trench Warfare workshop at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds and our First World War workshop at Fort Nelson in Portsmouth.

Some resources were created during the lockdown and are specifically designed for those pupils learning at home.

Download the First World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS3 and KS4 (pdf, 2 MB) for helpful information and tips on how these resources can assist in your lesson planning.


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Recording of George A Weston’s letter

Stationed at Fort Nelson in 1914-15, George A Weston volunteered for the army in the early days of the war along with hundreds of thousands of other men. The recording below is of a letter home and gives a wonderful insight into the mind of a soldier of the First World War. A transcript of the letter and extra information about George are in the First World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS3 and KS4 (262 KB, pdf). The letter is used with the kind permission of Bill Weston, editor of Weston Papers: 1914-19 Bk 1 for educational purposes.


Download a transcript of “George A Weston Letter – First World War” (Word, 15 KB)

Photo bank

All the below images are from our collection and will enhance students visual understanding of the First World War. Hover over the image to reveal more information, including a link to further information and more images of the object.

You are more than welcome to use the images in your lessons and other non-commercial education. If in doubt, please see our Copyright Policy (pdf, 93 KB) or contact our licencing team.

Weapons of the trenches

Other useful resources


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Education Team
Royal Armouries Museum
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Learning packs and resources

Trench Warfare Home Learners Pack (pdf, 1 MB)

First World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS3 and KS4 (pdf, 2 MB)

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