The 1914 Christmas Truce Educational Visit

Who's it for?

  • Educational Guided History, Secondary School, Sixth Form

Curriculum Included

Key Highlights

  • Surgery & Treatment
  • Re-enactment of Christmas Day 1914
  • Guided cemetery tour
  • Meet a 'recruiting sergeant'
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Take your school to the Front Line without taking them abroad.

This year your students can experience Anglia’s Christmas Truce tour without having to leave the UK. We have adapted our UNIQUE fully-guided programme so you can still witness that singular moment when, albeit for a brief period, fighting along parts of the Western Front actually ceased, and still be back home by Christmas.

This tour combines:

  • Meet our Recruiting Sergeant keen to persuade your ‘men’ to sign-up for the British Expeditionary Force
  • Spend time with our Drill Sergeant learning drill & weapons handling
  • Listen to our Medical Officer explain how battlefield wounds, injuries and illnesses are treated
  • A guided visit to Sittingbourne Cemetery

Culminating in an opportunity to witness a re-enactment of the Truce itself played out by our team of actors each in the persona of a man who was in the Ypres Salient over Christmas 1914. It is a truly moving experience!

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Study Themes

Key Study Themes

Your guided tour will incorporate these key study themes to support your learning back in the classroom

  • Recruitment: why did young men join up in 1914?
  • Conditions at the Front: what was the experience of soldiers in the lead up to Christmas 1914?
  • The Truce: what really happened at Christmas 1914?
  • Why were the events of 1914 never repeated?
  • An opportunity for remembrance

Christmas Truce UK Experience

Your day will include the following experiences 

Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology

A chance for your group to enjoy the
following activities:

  • Recruitment - A chance to meet Anglia’s Recruiting Sergeant and see him in action as he tries to persuade your ‘men’ to sign-up for the British
  • Basic Training - Having joined the Army it’s now time for new recruits to spend time with our Drill Sergeant learning drill and weapons handling
  • Treating the Wounded - Set up in his dressing station our Medical Officer will explain the role he, and others play in the casualty evacuation process. He talks about battlefield wounds, injuries and illnesses were treated and cover the new techniques and technologies introduced during the war

Remembering – Shorncliffe Military Cemetery

A guided tour of the cemetery will look at:

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission Burials
  • Why were these men buried in the UK?
  • The role and ethos of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Young soldiers, Empire troops and Gallantry medals
  • How are those with no known grave remembered?
  • The Fallen of WW2
  • There will also be a chance for reflection

The Christmas Truce

A re-enactment of the events of Christmas Day 1914:

  • Played out by our team of actors each in the persona of a man who was in the Ypres Salient at the time
  • Watch the meeting in ‘No Man’s Land’ and the exchanging of gifts and the cessation of hostilities

Sample itinerary

Your price will include

  • Fully guided service
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • An executive coach for your exclusive use
  • 1 free teacher place for every 10 paying students
  • All entrance fees associated with your visit

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1 Day UK Tour

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The Great War - Christmas Truce

Day 1
Morning

Depart from your school at a time to be agreed, dependent on your location. Visit the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology where you'll enjoy a range of living history activities

Afternoon

You'll take a guided tour of the Shorncliffe Military Cemetery followed by a re-enactment of the events of Christmas Day 1914

Evening

Return journey to school

Why choose Anglia for Guided History Trips?

At Anglia we care about our customers, our staff, the places we visit, the stories we tell and the organisations we work with. These key principles define who we are and what we do. We believe they are also the reason why Anglia is the market leader in fully-guided history trips for UK schools. We work with you to design a bespoke tour which meets the specific needs of your school and which supports what you are teaching in class. We start by asking what you want your students to see and what you want them to experience then build the tour around these requirements. A tour which, as the testimonials on our website show, your students will find thought-provoking, engaging and enjoyable.

Please can you pass on my thanks to both John and Sean who did a fantastic job as our guides on Friday. They were engaging and exceptionally knowledgeable which was noted by both staff and pupils. I would thoroughly recommend you as a tour provider, and hope to use you guys again in the future!

We definitely will be looking to re-book with you for next academic year
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