Students’ First World War Legacy Projects Celebrated at House of Lords

Secondary school students from across England gathered at the House of Lords on Tuesday for an annual awards ceremony to celebrate their First World War legacy projects. 


The awards were given to the best ‘Legacy 110’ projects produced by students following participation in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme. 


The £5.3 million programme is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education and is a key part of the Government's commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.


The programme is run by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and tours provider Equity, and gives two students and one teacher from every state secondary school in England the chance to visit the battle sites of the Great War. 


At an event hosted by Minister for Faith Lord Bourne, and attended by Neil Carmichael, former MP who was Chair of the Education Select Committee, and current MP Dr Andrew Murrison, students received prizes for a wide range of creative projects, including YouTube films, drama performances, research projects and remembrance gardens. 

Students’ First World War Legacy Projects

The ‘Legacy 110’ projects encourage students to share their experiences with the local community, developing a long-lasting legacy to commemorate the First World War centenary, and transforming the teaching of the First World War in schools. 


The aim has been for all projects to reach at least 110 people in the local community, which would equal 888,246 people in total, the total number of British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives during the conflict. However, the legacy projects have been so successful that this figure has been more than doubled. 

The six winning schools were: 

Osborne School in Hampshire, who created a narrated film documenting their experiences at each battle site, which was shared on YouTube and in school assemblies.  

Helsby High School in Cheshire, who founded a research club inviting younger students to explore their family’s involvement in the war, and created a garden for the planting of poppy seeds.  

The Hub, City of Birmingham Schools, who developed a ‘Legacy 110’ book bench, which included poetry, art work and diary entries from students.  

Leasowes High School in the West Midlands, who shared their battlefield tour experience with past, present and future generations by delivering presentations in their school, to primary school children, and at an elderly care home.  

Maiden Beech Academy in Somerset, who presented drama based on First World War poetry to parents, members of the local community and the Royal British Legion at a commemorative evening in association with the charity ‘Last post sound of the century.’ They also created a willow war horse. 

Hall Green School in Birmingham, whose film about the war was shown at half-time during the Premier League football fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea earlier this month – with students also conducting a live pitch-side interview in front of 26,000 fans. Students’ First World War Legacy Projects

Simon Bendry, Programme Director of the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, said:  


“Our annual ‘Legacy 110’ awards event in the House of Lords was a great way to celebrate the outstanding post-tour projects created by students up and down the country in 2017. 


“We are incredibly proud of the diverse range of projects that students have come up with, and the way in which they have been able to communicate their experiences on the former battlefield to such a wide audience.


“The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme is all about providing students with a tangible insight into the lives of those who fought in the First World War, and it is great to see so many students continuing their study of the conflict with such enthusiasm once back at home.” 


Minister for Faith Lord Bourne said:  


“I was honoured to attend the ‘Legacy 110’ awards that recognise the commitment and creativity young people and their teachers have shown in remembering the bravery of those who fought in the First World War.


“It remains so important that we remember their sacrifice. These inspiring students are finding creative ways to share their knowledge and ensure that local communities have a greater understanding of the First World War and the vital contribution made by their home town heroes.”


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