Pupils at Wensum Junior School get a glimpse of a Tommy’s life at launch of First World War heritage project

Norwich's lord mayor Marion Maxwell at Wensum Junior School for the launch of the school's First Wor

Norwich's lord mayor Marion Maxwell at Wensum Junior School for the launch of the school's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Wensum Junior School in Norwich got an insight into the life of a First World War Tommy during the launch of a community heritage project.

Norwich's lord mayor Marion Maxwell at Wensum Junior School for the launch of the school's First Wor

Norwich's lord mayor Marion Maxwell at Wensum Junior School for the launch of the school's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

Historian Neil Storey came dressed as a wartime army officer and took part in a day of activities, which included 'rifle training', marching, a team-building fitness session, and a history lesson titled 'King, country and empire'.

Peter Hubery, deputy headteacher at the school, said: 'It has been an amazing day and the children have really taken to the activities and have been getting into character.'

Another special guest on Thursday was Norwich's lord mayor Marion Maxwell, who was one of the civic figures who endorsed the school's successful bid for a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which is funding the project.

Different year levels are focusing on different aspects of the conflict: the changing role of women, how the region was changed and life for children during the war.

Norwich's lord mayor Marion Maxwell at Wensum Junior School for the launch of the school's First Wor

Norwich's lord mayor Marion Maxwell at Wensum Junior School for the launch of the school's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant


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Mr Hubery said the school would also work with Mr Storey to research the men from the area who fought in the war, whose names are recorded on an honour roll at Heigham's St Barnabas church.

He said: 'All of the work is going to culminate in a website, a travelling exhibit and a free publication.'

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At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Court

At the launch of Wensum Junior School's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Wensum Junior School take part in the launch of the school's First World War community her

Pupils at Wensum Junior School take part in the launch of the school's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Wensum Junior School take part in the launch of the school's First World War community her

Pupils at Wensum Junior School take part in the launch of the school's First World War community heritage project. Picture: Courtesy of Wensum Junior School - Credit: Archant

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