Explore the museum’s powerful exhibits, share in an Act of Remembrance, and develop a knowledge and understanding of the world by writing poems of war and peace.

This workshop is run in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland.

Level: S1-S6
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 4.5 hours starting at 10:00
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Wed 1, Thu 2 & Tue 7–Thu 9 Nov 2017 
Booking: Complete our booking request form to arrange a visit. 

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

This full-day session focuses on the First World War and is a unique opportunity to expand young people’s awareness of the human tragedy of all war and allow them to bear witness, through poetry, in their own unique and personal way.

The workshop takes place in one of the Edinburgh Castle learning spaces and is led by two professional poets. Students will work in this space but also have a chance to explore the National War Museum and the National War Memorial as part of their day.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Take part in an act of remembrance at the National War Memorial.
  • Record personal responses to a range of primary sources, objects and museum displays.
  • Use these responses to create their own piece of remembrance poetry.

Follow up activities

Back in class explore our First World War page and find out more about the stories and objects in our collections here.

Curriculum links




Social Studies


I can use my knowledge of a historical period to interpret the evidence and present and informed view.

SOC 3-01a

I can describe the factors contributing to a major social, political or economic change in the past and can assess the impact of people’s lives.

SOC 3-05a

I can discuss the motives of those involved in a significant turning point in the past and assess the consequences it had then and since.

SOC 3-06a

I can express an informed view about the changing nature of conflict over time, appreciate it’s impact and empathise with the experience of those involved.

SOC 4-06b



I can make notes and organise them to develop my thinking, help retain and recall information, explore issues and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate.

LIT3-14a/LIT 4-15a


As I listen or watch, I can make notes and organise these to develop thinking, help retain and recall information, explore issues and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate.

LIT 3-05a/LIT 4-05a


I can engage and/or influence readers through my use of language, style and tone as appropriate to genre.

ENG 3-27a/ENG 4-27a

Explore more

National War Museum

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.
Contact Us

National War Museum
0131 247 4041

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