Sixty-three Repton Pupils Visit the Imperial War Museum London

Sixty-three Repton Pupils Visit the Imperial War Museum London

On Wednesday 15th November sixty-three Repton pupils along with six staff members visited the Imperial War Museum London. The visit provided a great learning opportunity for all involved, aided by accessible exhibits. As Emily (3M) commented: “This museum is different to any other museum because it helped me to gain a real understanding of what happened.”

The visit began with a tour of the museum’s interactive World War One gallery and was followed by a learning session lead by the Imperial War Museum team before a tour of the Holocaust exhibition. The Holocaust exhibition impacted greatly on Repton pupils and was described by James (3O) as “eye-opening to the horror of what happened.” Pupils were encouraged to ask questions and to share their thoughts. As Caitlin (3A) explained: “Overall the trip was really enjoyable and I learnt some interesting and scary facts. I ended up with many questions.”

The nature of the exhibitions led many pupils to consider legacy. Matthew (3O) reflected on the wartime sacrifices made by previous generations: “The thought that men and women lived in this time crossed my mind several times and the images of what their lives must have been like made me really respect and thank them for what they did for our lives, the lives of people in most cases they never will know.”

Mr Dan Rogers, Teacher of History at Repton, commented: “The trip to the Imperial War Museum was a truly remarkable experience for Repton pupils. The opportunity to see and interact with exhibits from the First World War as well as the Holocaust will be something that those who attended will never forget and which, I’m sure, will inspire many to take up the study of History.”