Schools and Educational Visits

Specifically created for us by an experienced teacher and tour guide, a work-pack entitled ‘Adopt an Unknown Soldier is available for schools and colleges to utilise and enhance their learning experience.

The Lochnagar Crater Foundation wishes to encourage such visits. One of the reasons for the creation of this Web Site was to make available to teachers and students basic information about what happened on this sector of the Somme Battlefield on July 1st 1916. If a visit to the Crater is to be made, it is important that teachers are able to access information which will enable them to plan in advance to make the visit meaningful and worthwhile.

A successful educational visit requires advanced preparation as the image above of teacher and pupils of Tideway School, east Sussex portrays. This Web Site is devised to assist with such activities. Experience has shown that the best led and prepared school visits have enabled students to grasp the significance of what happened on that July morning in 1916.

The Foundation has been encouraged by the profound and mature statements left by so many students in the visitors’ book at the Crater’. It is also important that students visiting the Crater are aware that young men fought, suffered and died at the Crater and in the surrounding fields and that they respect the area and its environs accordingly. Visitors are not allowed to descend into the Crater for obvious reasons of safety, to stop erosion and as a mark of respect for those who fell. the Crater should be a place of quiet contemplation and not, as is sometimes the case as a playground.

We hope that this Web site will meet the needs of students and staff and we wish all schools a successful and enjoyable visit to the Lochnagar Crater.

Education Resources

Specifically created for us by an experienced teacher and tour guide, a work-pack entitled ‘Adopt an Unknown Soldier is available for schools and colleges to utilise and enhance their learning experience.

The Angela Speakman Prize

This prestigious prize is generously funded, organised and judged by Mike and Frances Speakman, both dedicated and knowledgeable visitors to the battlefields and have consistently been enthusiastic supporters of young people who visit Lochnagar.

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