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Exclusive Visit to Imperial War Museum London

22 Backwell School A Level History students were privileged to attend an exclusive viewing of a new exhibition, focusing on the holocaust, at the Imperial War Museum.

These students were the second group of people in the country to view these updated areas of the museum. The opportunity came about as Head of Humanities, Mrs Mason, has been on the panel of teachers working with the museum to develop and create the new galleries and resources over the past year.

The moving exhibition covers two floors of the museum and is based around the individuals affected by the holocaust, bringing together the stories of real people from diverse communities to examine the complex relationship between the Holocaust and the course and consequences of the Second World War.

The students were given an exclusive opportunity to visit the newly updated spaces which contain over 2,000 photos, books, artworks, letters and personal objects ranging from jewellery and clothing to toys and musical instruments and they tested out the education materials for the new exhibits and provided feedback to the museum curation team.

The holocaust is the topic of their A level History coursework so this visit really helped expand and illustrate their knowledge around this period of history. The students found the exhibition very impactful, especially the personal stories of the young people affected by the holocaust.

Mrs Mason hopes that this trip will become a regular event on the A level history calendar in the coming years as she could really see the benefit and impact it had on the students learning and understanding.

Thank you very much to the Imperial War Museum for offering our students this opportunity.