What were conditions like for Scottish soldiers in Prisoner of War camps? How could you get news from the outside world? Working in teams, design a crystal radio set then use Morse Code to plan your escape with the help of the local resistance movement.

Level: Second (P5-P7)
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 2 hours starting at either 10:00 or 12:30
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Mon 14–Thu 17 May 2018
Booking: Complete our booking request form to arrange a visit. 

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

This workshop takes place in our Wartime Life Room, with experts from Madlab leading your session. After or before the workshop, you will have the opportunity to look around the museum and castle. Maximum capacity 33 children.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Learn about the experiences of British prisoners of war in German POW camps and the story of Private William Nesbit, a Scottish soldier who was captured in France in 1940.
  • Work in groups to use various components to create a crystal radio.

Follow up activities

  • Back in class, find out more about WW2 artists and view some of their work here. 

Curriculum links




Social Studies


I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish history.



I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.

SOC 2-06a


I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.

SOC 2-04a




I have used a range of electrical components to help to make a variety of circuits for differing purposes. I can represent my circuit using symbols and describe the transfer of energy around the circuit.

SCN 2-09a

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National War Museum

Discover the story of Scotland at war. Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum tells the story of battles lost and won, through military artefacts and personal treasures.

First World War

1914 brought war to Scotland on what would prove to be an unprecedented scale. Delve into the stories behind those who fought in the First World War here.
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National War Museum
0131 247 4041

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