The Shropshire Remembers project has produced an artefact box for primary schools. The box includes a variety of items which can help children explore what life was like during the First Word War.
Among the objects included are scaled down uniforms for a soldier and nurse, replica food, (the bar of chocolate is cardboard!), a letter from the trenches, photographs, posters and a hand knitted balaclava. There are photographs of two soldiers, one survived the war and the other did not. The images of nurses are of two sisters from Shrewsbury with contrasting stories. One nursed at Stokesay Court, one of several convalescent hospitals in Shropshire, the other went to Serbia where she was caught behind enemy lines. The artefacts and documents have been chosen to reflect life in the trenches and on the home front.
Support and advice from members of the WWI group has been greatly appreciated, in particular Caroline Magnus for items from the Stokesay Court archive, the Shropshire Regimental Museum, Alun Morgan, Mark Hignett and Shropshire Archives.
The box will be available for loan through the School Library Service.