Get to grips with First World War trench warfare by examining evidence in our object handling collection and first-hand accounts of wartime experiences, including letters and photographs.

Classes: P5–7
Cost: £75
Timings: 10:30/12:30 (75 mins)
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Available on Thursdays

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How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

If you have booked the morning session, a member of staff will meet your class on the Esplanade, outside the Castle around 10am. We advise a prompt arrival to ensure you can start at 10.30am due to the time taken to walk to the War Museum from the Castle entrance.

Afternoon sessions will meet our staff at the War Museum and can arrive for a general visit around the Castle in the morning.

This workshop takes place in our Wartime Life Room with museum staff 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:

  • Handle original and replica objects from the museum collections
  • Explore the uniform and kit of a soldier learning about conditions in the trenches.

Useful resources and activities

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

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National War Museum

Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum tells the story of Scotland at war.

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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