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Project explores legacy of first world war generation
Young people from across the country are being invited to say a special 'Thank You' to the generation that lived, and also fought and died, throughout the First World War, as part of The Royal British Legion's national movement. The National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, Staffordshire, which is part of The Royal British Legion, has invited Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils from schools across the country to attend a full day of free workshops on July 11. The event, which is entitled the Thank You Youth Festival, will provide cross-curricular workshops exploring the invaluable legacy of the First World War generation. Funding for the event has been provided by The Royal British Legion as part of its 2018 Thank You movement.

Armed Forces Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum
The main Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: "Young people have the opportunity to engage in this exciting programme of workshops as we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War. Part of the ambition of Thank You is making Remembrance understood and passed on to the next generation. These cross-curricular activities have been designed to complement the work that students are doing at school in a range of subjects. It will give them the opportunity to say 'Thank You' for the sacrifices and example of those who lived through the conflict as they learn about the radical social and technological changes that took place during this key period in our country's history."

Camp Bastion Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum
The Camp Bastion Memorial

The cross-curricular workshops will cover a variety of subjects, including: History, English, Music, STEM, PE, Geography, Diversity, and Art, and participating schools will be able to compile a day of up to four hours of sessions to create a customised programme of activities for their pupils that will conclude with a gathering at the end of the day. The workshops will be a mixture of facilitated and self-led, with each school being expected to select at least one self-led activity. School staff will be required to remain with students always, even during facilitated activities. Coach bursaries are also being made available to support schools with transport costs. Schools can apply for a bursary for the cost of one coach for up to 50 students.

National Memorial Arboretum, Landscapes of Life
The recently opened Landscapes of Life exhibition

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. The Arboretum has almost 30,000 maturing trees and more than 350 memorials across the site. Further information is available at
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Why? School Children Invited To Take Part In WW1 Project
When: July 11, 2018
Phone: 01283 245143
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Burton-on-Trent DE13 7AR
Cost: Free
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by Tony Collins on 19/07/2018
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