The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, which opened its new £15.7m Remembrance Centre in October last year, will be exhibiting at The Education Show at the NEC, Birmingham from 16 – 18 March.
Visitors to the Arboretum’s stand number J89 will be able to find out more about the new centre, which features a spacious welcome orientation area, new classrooms and a large exhibition space dedicated to the interpretation of Remembrance. The Landscapes of Life exhibition encourages interaction, with a virtual floor of leaves which change into poppies, audio-visual displays, databases, and a memory booth where people can leave messages of Remembrance for storage in our archive. A new audio guide for use while exploring the memorials is also available along with enhanced on-site interpretation.
Following a hugely successful 2016 which saw visits from Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Harry, the opening of its new Remembrance Centre and the reopening of the upgraded Armed Forces Memorial, the National Memorial Arboretum is broadening its educational offering with a new programme of special events for learning groups.
The offering aimed at enhancing schools’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development programmes or PHSCE schemes of work aimed at KS3-5 students, supplements its existing offering that caters to KS1 upwards, covering history, english, art, RE, in addition to PHSCE.
School children make up around 15,000 of the Arboretum’s annual visitors; this is expected to grow to 25,000 over the next few years thanks to the new learning space with larger classrooms and dedicated facilities for educational visitors. The site’s Professional Learning Team utilise the Arboretum’s living and memorial assets to generate a greater understanding of Remembrance in an enjoyable and engaging way.
On 31 July, the Arboretum will commence a full programme of Battle of Passchendaele 100 commemorative events and activities, including specific activities for learning groups.
Groups should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request further information about the learning offering at the National Memorial Arboretum.