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Pupils Join Forces to Learn the Lessons of Gallipoli

Sunninghill Preparatory School played host to local middle schools for one of the Keep Military Museum’s school outreach workshops. Pupils from Sunninghill were joined by students from St Osmund’s, Dorchester Middle School and St Mary’s Puddletown for the day of activities which included a workshop with Keep Military Museum Curator Chris Copson.  Chris said: "As a museum, our Education Service is extremely important in spreading the word about the achievements of Devon and Dorset soldiers, especially at the time of the centenaries of the First World War. Children get a real buzz from handling artefacts and it really brings the subject to life. The schools side of the museum is growing rapidly and we would be very pleased to hear from other schools who would like to visit us or to receive outreach visits such as the one today”.

Sunninghill Preparatory School’s Head of Humanities Sarah Smith added:  ‘It was wonderful to have such knowledgeable experts on Dorchester during World War I; delivering lively and informative presentations, which captured the children’s imagination, helping them to empathise with this particular period of history.  We hope to be able to offer another history enrichment in the next academic year.’

For more information on the centenary of Gallipoli and role played by the Collingwood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division, 5th (Service) Battalion the Dorset Regiment, the Queens Own Dorset Yeomanry and the two Devon Yeomanry Regiments go to the History page of this site and follow the links. Don't forget to like our official Facebook page by visiting  or follow @TheKeepMuseum on Twitter.

Please contact us if you would like more information about school outreach. We would be glad to visit your school or host a visit by your school to the Keep. 

Claire: 14th Jul 2015 00:01:00